View Full Version : Do I need to get the right needles?
03-18-2013, 06:55 PM
Before starting this pattern I bought (what I thought) were the correct materials. The pattern calls for size 8 circular needles. However, I ordered regular size 8 needles instead of circular. Do I need to buy circular needles for this pattern? Or can I get away with using the needles I have?
Here is the pattern:
03-18-2013, 07:09 PM
You can't knit a hat in the round on straight needles. You can convert the pattern to flat knitting though and seam it up. Circulars are very versatile though, you can knit flat on them and they hold many many more stitches than straight ones.
03-18-2013, 07:14 PM
If you want to follow the pattern EXACTLY, then you'll need to buy size 8 AND size 10 circular needles (and probably double pointed ones too). But, like suzeeq says, you can adapt the pattern for flat knitting if you want to.
03-18-2013, 08:48 PM
How would I go about adapting the pattern?
03-18-2013, 08:57 PM
And I suppose my other question would be, how many double pointed needles do I need? I have actually never used double pointed needles before, and they look somewhat scary!
03-18-2013, 09:14 PM
Double points come in sets of 4 or 5, one is left empty to knit the new sts onto, the rest just hold the needles. You're still just knitting with 2 needles at a time and the others are stitch holders. Look at the dpn video (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques), though you may have too many stitches to fit onto a set, and would have to do a short circular (until the decreases, then you need dpns or a long circ or 2 of them) or use a longer circular and magic loop. There's videos for 2 circs and magic loop on the same page as the dpns.
If you knit it flat, you'd have to reverse the sts on the even rows, though it looks like a simple rib pattern, so that's not as difficult.
03-19-2013, 03:15 PM
Olivia - Don't be scared off by DPNs, I only started to use them a year ago after telling myself they were too complicated for me, a relatively new knitter. Well they're not! You only knit with two needles at a time, like regular needles (some stitches on one needle and an empty needle you're knitting with), the others just become stitch holders really.
Here's a hat on dpns I started earlier this year and hope to finish tonight (only 5 rows to go!)
You can see the hat tube on the needles (four of them), and the spare needle for knitting. Mine was 128 stitches divided between the 4 dpns.
Have a go, if (when) you master them you can make gloves, wristwarmers, hats and of course, socks too!! :cheering:
03-19-2013, 08:04 PM
I watched the video for the magic loop and two circulars. I got a little lost halfway through the magic loop video. :/ I think I will just go with using the DPNs. I got a little confused, is that what you think would be my best bet with this pattern?
03-20-2013, 05:14 AM
If you're going with the dpns, then why not do as the pattern suggests and start with the 16" circular needle and then when you get to the decreases at the top of the hat, switch to dpns? It's easier to learn how to work with dpns if you have a project already started on a circular needle.
Magic loop or single loop are worth learning too for projects like this. Sometime when you're looking for something new, try the videos with needles in hand and it may be easieer to get.
03-21-2013, 05:44 PM
I watched the video for the magic loop and two circulars. I got a little lost halfway through the magic loop video :/ I think I will just go with using the DPNs. I got a little confused, is that what you think would be my best bet with this pattern?
Been there, done that.
If I don't grasp a technique by watching one video...I press on and watch other knitter's video versions.
Almost all the time, Amy's videos "click" with me. But I'm a really slow learner with tricky new techniques like magic loop, two circs, etc.
However, I stumbled upon a video that really "clicked" with me, and her video lesson impressed certain phrases and tips that I've never forgotten. The video is about 6 minutes in length...but her lesson is unforgettable. I think you should watch it. I'm glad I did! Her method of knitting in-the-round (whether for a few stitches or ALL the stitches for a sleeve or hat or whatever) is the Two Circulars method. It's all I ever use.
For this method you do need two circulars of the same size. I use two different colors...like nickel plated for one pair, and wood for the other pair. (This helps brain-dead me automatically discern where the round begins and ends. I begin the first 12 stitches on the nickel plated, and the last 12 stitches on the wood...for example. But you can certainly put a marker of some kind on the set of stitches that are the beginning stitches of the round)
Here is the video: It isn't as high quality as Amy's KH videos, but the lesson is still served.
Like I said, it "clicked" with me.
03-23-2013, 07:31 PM
I was intimidated by DPNs, too, but there were too many patterns that called for them, so I gave it a whirl for the first time a couple of months ago, and I was surprised by how simple it actually was! If I can do it, you can do it!