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jaclick
05-26-2008, 12:23 AM
Hi I am kinda of new to knitting and was wondering about circular knitting needles. Why use them

cam90066
05-26-2008, 12:34 AM
Some info in this existing thread: 'Question about "circular needles" (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=73717&highlight=circular)

cam

gotta knit
05-26-2008, 09:25 AM
Less seaming involved is my favourite reason!:)

Newbie2Knitting
05-26-2008, 11:01 AM
I use them instead of straight needles b/c I never have to worry about loosing the needle my work is on, and the weight of a larger project rests in my lap instead of my wrists doing all the work.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
05-26-2008, 11:10 AM
I have really bad carpal tunnel.... with straight neeldes i can only knit for a short amount of time before my wrists hurt so bad i have to pull out the aleve and alternate heat and ice. With the circulars, i can knit for hours on end (no kidding, i knitted through our lord of the rings movie marathon) and have no problem with my wrists.

blueygh2
05-26-2008, 11:27 AM
I like them because they are shorter than my straights, so they take less space and less cumbersome while in public, especially in the train. (When there are a lot of people around you)

Debkcs
05-26-2008, 11:36 AM
All of the above reasons, plus the "oohh factor". "Oohh, what are you doing with that yarn?" It's magnified when you're using the magic loop method in public. I knit at our public library while reading magazines sometimes, just 'cause my hands get bored.

Wanda Witch
05-26-2008, 03:33 PM
All of the above. I would not go back to straight needles - too cumbersome after using the circulars. Give it a try.

blueygh2
05-26-2008, 03:37 PM
It's magnified when you're using the magic loop method in public.

Even more magnified, when using magic loop and double knitting.

bambi
05-26-2008, 05:12 PM
Whether knitting flat or circular, I find it MUCH easier on my hands, arms, wrists, elbows.

Bambi

tokmom
05-26-2008, 09:23 PM
All of the above. I would not go back to straight needles - too cumbersome after using the circulars. Give it a try.

Yep, me too. I at first was intimidated, but love knitting with them now.

Lisa R.
05-26-2008, 11:42 PM
And of course, if you're knitting something round like a bag or a hat, it's much easier and doesn't require seaming!

gerryg
05-27-2008, 01:34 PM
Hi Bambi
if you use circular needles and the pattern says to use the garter stitch in the entire pattern....do you just knit all rows or knit 1 purl 1

suzeeq
05-27-2008, 02:23 PM
It depends on the pattern. If you're making a flat piece you would knit all rows. If you're making a tube you knit 1 row, purl 1 row.