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« on: March 16, 2007 12:54:53 PM »

I'm going to start on a sweater soon, and I only have circular needles in the correct size instead of the straights it calls for. The front and back of the sweater are made separately. Can I still use the circular needles? It is in Stockinette stitch, if that makes a difference. I'm hoping to make "Weekend Warrior" in the yarn girls' guide to simple knits.

Obviously, I'm new at this. Smiley

Thanks in advance!

« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2007 01:00:59 PM »

Yes, you can use your circulars!  I actually prefer them to straight needles, and use them for most projects. 

« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2007 01:04:06 PM »

Another vote for circs. You can always use circs in lieu of straights but not the reverse.


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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2007 01:04:17 PM »

Yeah, circs are fine. I prefer working on circs when the piece is going to grow to large proportions (the cable takes the weight instead of it going from one needle to the other). Much easier on my wrists.

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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007 01:11:54 PM »

You can use the circulars exactly as if they were straight needles, sort of, or depending on the sweater, it might be fairly easy to switch around the pattern a little bit to actually knit it as one piece instead of front and back.

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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2007 01:17:21 PM »

Wow! Thanks for all the responses! That is great, it will also save me $$.

I was also wondering if the pieces could be made in a circle, so as to save me seam time, but since this is my first project that isn't a sock, maybe I should just follow the pattern. Smiley  Other than the circ needles, of course. But then again, if I make it look like a big sock, maybe that would be easier.

I'm using Lion Brand Boucle, I know it isn't the best stuff, but the price was right for a first project. I found it at a Dollar Tree for... well, $1. Smiley

« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2007 01:25:44 PM »

Another vote for circulars! It's easier to put away, so if you're a public knitter (or if you knit at work!) , circulars are a godsend. Just make sure they're as long as the sections you are working on, or else it will slip off the end.

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2007 03:32:49 PM »

Circulars are awesome! I am actually trying to find a use for all the straights that I invested in before I was hooked on circulars. If you can stand dropping $49.95, the Denise interchangables are awesome; my sister also likes the Knit Picks Options, but I have never used them.

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