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Beth
01-31-2005, 02:39 PM
I just bought a pair of circular needles that are 8mm-73.5cm 11 US- 29in
Ok, here's the question, I was looking for size 16, but couldn't find any, so I purchased these, which were the largest size. Would these be large enough to knit a basic hat?
Thank you all,
Beth

oshnpashn
01-31-2005, 02:42 PM
Not that I'm an expert knitter or anything, but I think the 29" would present a problem joining the rounds.

Anyone else?

Beth
01-31-2005, 02:56 PM
Is there a way to shorten them?
I went to Michaels and to Wal-mart but couldn't find a large enough pair.
I'm a bit frustrated because all the needles that I seem to come across are all 29in.

oshnpashn
01-31-2005, 03:16 PM
I've been using 16" circulars for my hats and those work very well. when doing hats a smaller length circ is best. Or, since you have the 29", check out Amy's video on Magic Loop knitting, I think this might work for you.

Beth
01-31-2005, 03:18 PM
Can you measure your needles for me from tip to tip.
Thanks
Beth

salsa
01-31-2005, 03:33 PM
Hmm, couldn't you just use the magic loop technique to knit your hat?

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

Check out the first section on knitting in the round. There's a video that Amy made entitled "Magic Loop knitting: uses one large cable needle."

You could knit your hat that way, and it would save you having to buy new needles...