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06-27-2008, 12:06 PM
I am looking to build up my circular needle stash and was hoping somebody could tell me what length size is a good one to start with. Is it 24", 32" what do you think? I have done only scarves and baby blankets but I want to try other projects. I think I am going to be annal and get all needles sizes in either the 24" or the 32". I figure I will be prepared for whatever project I want to try!:teehee:
Elizabeth Zimmerman would say she did ALL of her knitting on 16" and 24" circulars. She would brag about the enormous things (blankets, entire circumferences of big shawls...)she could fit onto a 24" circular. Remember, the stitches DO squish together when on the needles. Unless you are in love with Magic Loop knitting (which requires longer needles), I'd get the 16" and 24" to start, and see how they work for you. :)
06-27-2008, 12:37 PM
You may not want to limit all the needles to just one length. You can do sleeves and hat with a ML method on 24", but 32 may be better. I like 24" for knitting small things flat, and 32" for sweaters or larger flat items
06-27-2008, 12:56 PM
16" are very limiting, IMO. I opt for longer lengths (big fan of 29") as they work great for ML (little items like hats) but are long enough for aghans or working all pieces of a sweater at one time.
06-27-2008, 12:58 PM
Yes 29" are a good intermediate size.
06-27-2008, 01:06 PM
My first circs were 16" in sizes 5, 7, and 8. It was winter hat season, so that worked well. Then I learned magic loop and got a bunch of 40" sizes 2, 3, 4, and 5.
In general, I think I'm a fan of the longer cable, only because with that one I can do the most with magic loop. With the 16" circs, I found that for the smaller diameter work (like the decreases at the top of a hat) I either needed a second circular needle, or switch to DPNS (which I loathe). Seemed smarter to get 1 40" inch needles, money-wise, since I'm not doubling all my purchases.
06-27-2008, 01:09 PM
I think that an interchangeable set would be great if you can afford one. Options is about $60.
06-27-2008, 01:16 PM
That would just about cover it and be the same price as every needle in all one length purchased separately. Or even cheaper, and you would have different lengths.
If you're going to be all anal you may as well get the Knit Picks Options set.
That way you'll have the needles sizes and the different cables.
Getting anal with fixed circulars could get expensive because you know you'll have to get the other cable sizes eventually.
I got mostly anal with Boye straights then got the Options and only use the straights as stitch holders.
So far what is included with the Options has kept me satisfied for needle sizes (but I'm having to throw in extra cables to fill out orders).
I know about the OCD, I'm fighting off buying the small DPN kit that I would have no use for but "need".
I love my Options needles. I must have several 47" because I love circular knitting and prefer magic loop whenever I can use it.
06-27-2008, 05:50 PM
I suggest 16" circulars. They can do a lot from hats to washcloths and so forth.... I've made many hats using my 16" circular needles. When you get comfortable with the 16" you could always move up to longer sizes and whatnot =)
06-28-2008, 12:39 PM
Thank you to all who took the time to reply. I ended up ordering a slew of 24" circulars...gotta love EBAY. I guess I'll have to order larger sizes as I start new projects that are larger. What a great community this is!