View Full Version : Best Length Circular for Most Jobs

11-12-2006, 04:25 PM
If I can buy only one, maybe two circular needles, to use with worsted weight yarn, what would the best length be to get that would accomadate the largest variety of sweater patterns?

11-12-2006, 04:33 PM
I'd get a 16" and a 32". 32" for the body and 16" for smaller areas like the neck. If you're really tiny like me, you could go a little smaller, but I think 32" would work for most adults -- just remember that you want the length of the circ to be shorter than the circumference of your knitting. (For kids, I would think you could probaby use the 16" for the body.) I'm assuming here you're planning to knit in the round since you asked about circs. (For seamed sweaters, length wouldn't really matter, and you wouldn't even need to use circs.)

11-12-2006, 07:29 PM
At Hobby Lobby, they sell various sizes of interchangeable tips and different lengths of cords, so you can get, say, one 16" cord and several sizes of tips.

11-13-2006, 12:57 PM
Lengths 16" and 32" are what I was thinking of, but I just wanted feedback from others before I made a purchase. Thank you both for your input. I am almost finished with a sweater made on straights, but I want to learn to make a seamless raglan from the neck down of circulars next.

11-13-2006, 04:44 PM
I seem to use a lot of 24"...having an interchangeable set cures the problem of what length though since you always have the right one and can make longer cords by extension when needed.

11-13-2006, 04:51 PM
I can get away with most stuff with 24's, also, 16 for hats and collars.

11-13-2006, 06:26 PM
24" is what I have been using for the body of sweaters for my size, and 16" for the collar.

11-13-2006, 06:36 PM
Thanks everyone. 16" & 24" seem to be the most used for adult sweaters and should work well with most childrens. Those are the ones I'll buy. I'd love to get the interchangables, but I can'tafford them just now.
Sandra from SC

11-13-2006, 07:53 PM
I forgot to mention that another reason I suggested 32" is because it's about the minimum length you want to use for magic loop. But, if you have a 16" and a 24" you could use the two circ method for small diameters.

11-13-2006, 08:07 PM
I have ordered a 40" for magic loop. It hasn't arrived yet. I hope I'll have good results with it.

11-13-2006, 08:16 PM
I have ordered a 40" for magic loop. It hasn't arrived yet. I hope I'll have good results with it.

Oh cool.

BTW, you mentioned that you didn't want to buy an interchangeable set yet, but have you considered getting just the pieces of KP Options you need right now, and building up a set gradually from there? (That's pretty much what I've been doing, although I have Denises too.) The only drawback with KP is that they don't have a 16" cable so you'd have to use magic loop for anything under 24" -- I've found that the cables are so flexible that magic loop is really not a big deal, though.

11-13-2006, 10:22 PM
I've been looking at them, but if I buy them it'll have to be after Christmas. Thanks.