View Full Version : circular VS double
03-11-2009, 05:34 AM
Quick newbie questions:
Can you use a circular needle with 80cm cord as a double needle?
And if so, what type of projects could you knit with them?
03-11-2009, 07:24 AM
I'm not sure what you mean by "double needle" -- do you mean double pointed needles? In which case, look for "two circular needles" for what you can do with them - lots of people use that for socks.
03-11-2009, 07:45 AM
I wanted to make gloves, the patterns call for double pointed needles, which I dont have at the moment. Can I make gloves with circular needles?
03-11-2009, 09:38 AM
You could, most likely. I would try them using the magic loop method. You can find a teaching demo on this site. You could try using the tips from the circs, provided they come off. Some find them a little short to use as DPNs. Most DPNs are 6-8 inches in length and the tips from DPNs are shorter.
03-11-2009, 09:39 AM
Sorry! I meant to say that the tips from the circs are shorter.
Jan in CA
03-11-2009, 02:39 PM
You can use two circular needles or magic loop. Two circs require 4 needles the same size and two cables. Magic loop requires a 32 or longer cable and 2 needles the same size. Some people manage with a 24 inch cable for magic loop, but I think a longer cable is easier especially if you're learning the technique.
I myself prefer the 2 circular needle technique and I've bought lots of tips to accommodate that.
Both techniques can learned here in the KH videos (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques). You can also look at this page to see if you need more help.
03-15-2009, 06:54 PM
I only have one set of circular needles (non-removable tips). But I do have a set of straight needles the same size. Can I sort of do a bizarre version of working it flat?
I think I need to do a bit of thinking on this!
03-15-2009, 07:10 PM
You can knit flat on circulars too. But you can't use the straight ones in place of another circular to work in the round. What are you trying to do?
03-16-2009, 05:09 PM
Suzeeq -I am trying to make a pair of gloves. More than like likely fingerless/part finger gloves. I haven't made gloves before, and the ones I have are slowly descintergrating (?spelling) and arent warm at all!
03-16-2009, 10:22 PM
You can use dpns for them, or a single circular, about 29" long doing the Magic Loop Technique.
03-19-2009, 03:01 PM
Probably you could do the Magic Loop with an 80 cm circ, but you should also take into consideration the size of your tips. If they're bigger than say, 3.25-3.5 mm, it might be better to make gloves without fingers.
I've knit fingerless mits in a worsted weight but for gloves with half-fingers I personally wouldn't knit with anything thicker than a sport-weight yarn. I knit a pair of convertable gloves for my boyfriend this winter in a DK weight and I think the fabric felt a little thick between the fingers. Then again I've got tiny hands and he didn't complain.