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Topic: knitting a pattern for 16inch circular needles on 29 inch circular needles?  (Read 8070 times)
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« on: February 18, 2010 01:47:47 PM »

I found a pattern for a hat that I want to knit and the pattern calls for using 16 inch circular needles but I can only find (and subsequently bought) 29 inch circular needles.  Was this a bonehead move on my part or can I "make it work" ? (queue Tim Gunn)

« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2010 03:10:04 PM »

You can definitely make it work. There's a couple techniques - Magic loop (video at http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques) and a single loop variation, which you can see here - http://south-mountain-naturally.blogspot.com/2009/01/tutorial-single-loop-instead-of-magic.html

I don't care for 16" needles much, so use the longer ones for hats and mitts and sleeves. Even with a 16" it would be too long to use after you do some of the decreases at the top, so you'd need to switch to dpns, or using ML anyway.

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