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knittedrobot08
« on: March 25, 2006 09:23:08 PM »

I have been knitting for a while, and I have knitted on dpn's before. However, I just bought some circular needles and I am sort of confused about how to use them. How do you knit on them without having stitches going all the way around them? I attempted a pattern that called for size 10.5, which I have, but the stitches didn't cover over all of the cord. I just need to know how to get it started.
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2006 07:37:37 AM »

Did the pattern mention a specific length? You may have got a circ that's too long. However, you can use what's called the `magic loop' method. Which I used (sorta, it's the same effect) years before I ever heard of it. You would pinch the cable together about halfway around your stitches and push the stitches to the two ends, thereby being able to join them together. When you get to the empty cable, do the same again. If you're increasing the stitches or do a row or two you shouldn't have to loop the cable anymore. Unless the needle you have is just simply too long for the project.

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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2006 07:44:31 AM »

Soozeq is right. The needle is probably too long. Also, once you start to knit, it starts to get longer.
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knittedrobot08
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2006 12:26:12 PM »

I see what you are talking about with that magic loop thing. Thanks, I'll try it. I have heard that there are different cord lengths, but when I bought the circular needles at the store, I didn't see anything pertaining to length..just the different needle sizes. I'll look out for that next time, and thanks again.
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soozeq
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2006 04:04:51 PM »

I see what you are talking about with that magic loop thing. Thanks, I'll try it. I have heard that there are different cord lengths, but when I bought the circular needles at the store, I didn't see anything pertaining to length..just the different needle sizes. I'll look out for that next time, and thanks again.

Look at the package it came in - it should say on the front which length. Of course you could measure it.... <g>

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knittedrobot08
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2006 10:49:55 PM »

What I meant by not seeing anything pertaining to length was that I didn't see different options. I just saw the different sizes of needles.
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soozeq
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2006 06:30:08 AM »

What brand do you have? The lengths are printed on the cardboard packaging somewhere. Take a look next time you're at a yarn store.

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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2006 10:54:22 AM »

What I meant by not seeing anything pertaining to length was that I didn't see different options. I just saw the different sizes of needles.

It is quite possible they may have only had one length at the store you were in. Joann's and Hobby Lobby for instance sometimes only have one length. Some LYS have all of them hanging on one hook so you have to look behind the front package (all size 7 on one hook - front is shortest, back is the longest).
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