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D&A's Mom
01-15-2007, 07:30 PM
Can circular needles be substituted for double pointed needles? If so, are there any tricks?

knitqueen
01-15-2007, 07:50 PM
Circular needles generally aren't used for small diameter circular knitting (ie. socks, mittens, sleeves, etc.). There are other 'techniques', however, that use circular needles for small diameter. You can use 2 circs or magic loop, both have video demonstrations on this page. (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/)

D&A's Mom
01-15-2007, 10:06 PM
Thank you for your reply. I actually want to replace them in a hat project. It sounds as though it will be okay. I have only knit square things (scarves and ponchos) and I am looking forward to something a little different. Thanks again for your help.

knitqueen
01-15-2007, 10:09 PM
For the main body of a hat, usually a circular needle is fine (probably about a 16" circ would be the shortest you could comfortably use) but when you decrease for the crown of the hat you will have to switch to dpns, or switch to magic loop or using 2 circs when the stitch count gets too few to fit around the regular circular needle.

D&A's Mom
01-15-2007, 10:18 PM
Thank you once again!

Cristy
01-16-2007, 12:52 AM
The thing to remember w/ circular needles is that they circumference of the object you are knitting can be no smaller than the length of your needles. That's why knitqueen said you'd have to change to dpns to do the crown of your hat.

I prefer to make hats on dpns b/c really short circs feel weird to me but everyone has different preferences.

brownishcoat
01-16-2007, 11:43 AM
I just made a hat start-to-finish on a 24" circular needle. As I finished each round, I'd pull the right needle until the stitches went onto the left needle, making a large loop*. Once I got to the decreases, I split the stitches in half and switched to Magic Loop.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brownishcoat/tags/bghat/

Small diameter knitting can be accomplished in many ways, and it's up to you to decide which method fits your knitting style (and budget!) best.

*There is a member here who uses this technique that gave me the idea, but I can't remember her user name right now.

knitqueen
01-16-2007, 12:32 PM
I believe it's suzeeq that uses that method of circ knitting for small items :thumbsup:

brownishcoat
01-16-2007, 12:58 PM
You are absolutely correct, Knitqueen! :muah: :muah: :muah:

Thanks, suzeeq! :notworthy: :muah: :heart: :heart: :heart:

suzeeq
01-16-2007, 02:29 PM
Yep, that was me. I don't know if I `unvented' it or not, but I started doing it many years ago when I wanted to shorten up a circular needle. I only heard about Magic Loop a couple years ago.

sue