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« on: January 15, 2008 05:29:34 AM »

hey everyone!  I'm a new knitter and I had a question...I just got the book stitch & bitch and I'm kind of confused about circular needles, my mother-in-law found me a bunch of circular needles and they are 29 inches but in the book Debbie Stoller doesn't mention anything about 29 inch needles?!?!  can I still use them or do I need to get 16, 24 and 32 like it says in the book?? Thanks a ton!

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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008 05:46:37 AM »

Well, when you're knitting in the round, you want the length of the circular needles (29" in your case) to be somewhat less than the circumference of whatever you're knitting.  So, you can't knit a sock, or a hat with a 29" circ.  Not traditionally anyway..

You can do any flat knitting you want on a circular, and the cord just acts as a nice stitch holder.. and you won't loose your other needle since it's attached.

There is a method called the "magic loop" method in which you can use longer circs to make smaller circumferences.  Someone on here may be able to give you a better resource, but knittinghelp.com has a video tut on this method.

Also, you can knit with two circulars (of the same needle size) as seen here http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/twocirculars.html

So you definetly have options!
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008 03:14:18 PM »

I'm giving all my straights to one of my friends, I just got a set of interchangeable circs and I love them.  The weight sits on your lap instead of your wrist.
Something to think about.

I second the nod to www.knittinghelp.com
The video on Magic Looping is great.
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2008 04:17:53 PM »

You could probably change out the 32" with one of your 29" circs.  And of course, as mentioned, you can always do flat knitting on any length circ.  Instead of trying to make a tube, you just turn it around and treat the two points like they are two separate needles.

However, not sure if you know this - but if you have two 29" circs of the same size (mm wise, like 2 8 US/5mm needles), you can use them to knit anything of a smaller diameter.  You basically use them like two flexible DPNs instead of four - half the stitches on one, half on the other, then you knit the first half all with Needle #1 and knit the second half with Needle #2, then the first half again with Needle #1.  Since you don't have to have a couple hundred stitches to make it all the way around to let the needle meet up in a circle, you can make any diameter tube - technically you could have 6 or 3 or 1 stitch on each needle if you wanted.

You can search for an internet tutorial if that doesn't make any sense.
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2008 07:25:26 PM »

I knit hats with 24" needles, I just start out by casting on another needle (usually one size larger) then join and knit the first round with the right needle. Most of the time when I'm done with the first round, they fit the needle okay; if not, I do a half magic loop where I just loop the right needle instead of both. After a couple rounds, the stitches are loose enough to fit around comfortably. I do all my knitting on circs, and I find 29" to be about the best all around size, you can do large items like sweaters or blankets with them. 24" are fine for hats and knitting narrow items like scarves, anything longer than 36" has too much cord and gets in the way.

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2008 07:41:50 PM »

magic loop all the way!  check it out really.  i learned from knittinghelp's video and I haven't looked back since.  I don't use straights and I don't buy any new short circs.

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