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« on: September 20, 2006 11:52:05 AM »

In the past, I've used primarily dpns for circular knitting. Now I'm making my first hat on circular needles, and I'm pulling my hair out. I'm using a 16 inch cord (what the pattern called for) and I'm working the decreases for the shaping of the crown. But of course, as the number of stiches goes from 74 to 50 to even less, I have fewer stiches stretched along a looooong cord. Right now I've jury-rigged a system with the denise interchangables where I'm knitting from one circ to another and back, just to my stitches aren't stretched too badly, and the tension is loose enough to where the needles reach one another.

What do "normal" (ie people who aren't crazy like me!) knitters do when you reach this point? Continually switching cord sizes is so time consuming (and the pattern makes no mention of it) so there must be a better way. It makes me want to use dpns forever....
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006 12:12:53 PM »

you can switch to DPNs, or learn the two-circular method for knitting in the round, or learn magic loop.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2006 12:18:36 PM »

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/

That page has video of both techniques grrrlartist mentioned. And a lot of other great stuff.
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