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« on: August 02, 2005 06:12:42 PM »

i have done a few projects on circs that are decreased (hats, bags, etc) and i can't seem to manipulate the needles so that my work doesn't get stretched... are there adjustable circs so that when i go from 80 c/o sts down to 5 to 8 sts on the row, it'll always fit? newbie knitter here lol...
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2005 06:24:49 PM »

Circular needles aren't made in sizes that small. Once you get down to such a small number of stitches, you either have to switch to double pointed needles or do this thing called a "magic loop" which I don't really understand.

A search on Google brought up this page, which has videos of whatever technique is being described; in this case the techniques are knitting with double pointed needles, two circular needles, and this "magic loop" thing.
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2005 07:55:31 PM »

well there are adjustable circs, but not what you're looking for.  fozzie is right that circs aren't made that small because if you think about it, if the cable was tiny, the needles themselves wouldn't be able to reach each other to stitch. i've heard great things about the magic loop tho.

if you want needles that adjust between larger sizes though (like 29 inches thru 17 inches) then i suggest denise needles as they are wonderful. you can even make the cable you're using into a stitch holder... fabulous!
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2005 08:04:22 PM »

i've always been scared of dpn's - but that video makes me wanna try them! it's like circular needles that are made of wood, aren't circular and come in 4 pieces not 1.... lol! anyhoo i think i am going to try them next time i need to use small circs...

thanks guys!
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2005 04:03:32 PM »

The magic loop method is super easy here's a video that may help:
http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/
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