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Wharion
« on: July 15, 2010 05:24:52 PM »

(I'm not exactly new, but there are probably small children who can type now that weren't even alive the last time I posted here... thus the new account.  Cheesy)

My question is probably pretty forehead-smackingly simple, but what I want to know is ... when a pattern or tute refers to a circular length, how are they measuring the needles? Is the standard to refer to cord length only, or tip-to-tip? The reason I'm asking is that I'm trying to start a baby-sized project, and all the patterns I see call for "16" circulars". I thought, awesome - a project where I actually have the gauge and length called for! However, the 16" circulars that I have are absolutely too long to use without horrible stretching. I use Knitmates' interchangables, and with a cord length of 16" I get a tip-to-tip length of about 24". No way is a tiny hat going to fit on there... Does this mean that by using the Knitmates thingies, I actually have what patterns would call 24" circulars? I don't have any other type of needle to just pull out and compare, and in the past I haven't done anything small enough to notice a problem.

Hope that makes sense!
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2010 05:52:16 PM »

Circulars are measured tip to tip. 16" isn't the shortest out there, but it's probably the shortest comfortable size (for most people, I personally avoid circs shorter than 24" or 29") For interchangeables, you have the cable length and the needles length - added together is the circular length

If you're knitting something smaller than the circular length, there's the Magic loop method or working with 2 circs - I know there's links/videos/etc online, but I don't know the links, but a yahoo or google or whatever search should find them (I use double-pointed needles (dpns) instead of circs for small things)
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2010 06:02:29 PM »

Thank you! So my confusion was mostly because of the interchangeables I was using, I wasn't sure I should add the needle length or not.

I've been watching Magic Loop youtubes all evening, everyone makes it look too easy...
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2010 06:59:27 AM »

Thank you! So my confusion was mostly because of the interchangeables I was using, I wasn't sure I should add the needle length or not.

I've been watching Magic Loop youtubes all evening, everyone makes it look too easy...

You wouldn't have a cord that makes a 12" circular, would you?  That would be perfect for a baby hat.  If not, then magic loop/2 circs/dpns are the way to go.  Good luck!
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soozeq
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2010 06:59:42 AM »

Yep, it's tip to tip. I use 24" circs for adult hats, though the sts won't go around them until after I inc after the ribbing, so I use the single loop version of ML which doesn't need as long a needle. http://sites.google.com/site/purplesagedesigns/techniques-1/single-loop-not-magic-loop-knitting-in-the-round
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Wharion
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2010 07:50:22 PM »

Thank you! So my confusion was mostly because of the interchangeables I was using, I wasn't sure I should add the needle length or not.

I've been watching Magic Loop youtubes all evening, everyone makes it look too easy...

You wouldn't have a cord that makes a 12" circular, would you?  That would be perfect for a baby hat.  If not, then magic loop/2 circs/dpns are the way to go.  Good luck!

No, unfortunately. I don't think the brand I use makes a cord shorter than 12", which means a 20" circular I guess.

Thanks for the Single Loop link, soozeq - it looks like that might be useful to me. I have been struggling with the Magic Loop since yesterday, I can get it to "work" but I think a combination of the too-stiff cord on my circulars and my own ineptness makes the result not so great (too much laddering etc). I'll try that single loop, but probably will end up buying either a shorter circular - or else a much longer one with a more flexible cable.
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