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ScarfNinja
« on: October 08, 2007 09:28:29 PM »

I'm hoping to make this sweater: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTbanff.html but the first bit of the instructions confuse me. It indicates right and wrong sides for certain stitch patterns, but because I'm using circs, do I even HAVE a WS or RS?

Having read the rest of the instructions, I'm tempted to think that this is actually for straight needles and no one tld me, but the materials clearly ask for circs and nothing else. I'm at a bit of a loss. Can anyone help?
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007 09:34:41 PM »

It's knit in pieces and seamed up, so you could use straight needles.  However, with bulky yarn and a bulky size, the weight of the larger pieces would be easier to handle on circulars. Even if you fit all the stiches on 14" needles, it would be pretty heavy.
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2007 11:12:59 PM »

Circular needles are often used to knit back and forth - as they are used in this pattern. I think, as soozeq said, the circulars are recommended because heaviness of the pieces means you will feel more comfortable knitting on the circulars. (They're nifty too because you don't have to worry about losing one underneath the seat or stitches coming off the needle!)

To knit back and forth you just turn the whole thing around, switching just as you would straight needles.

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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007 06:33:28 AM »

Ah hah! Thanks guys. I've never had to use circulars to knit a normal piece, so the thought didn't occur to me. ^^ And it does seem easier (6 inches in) to hold the circular needle steady as opposed to two straight needles with all this weight.
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