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Mrs. D.
11-14-2006, 10:19 AM
When you talk about the length of a circular is it including the needles or is it just the length of the cord. Also I have a Knitty headband pattern that calls for size 5 circular 12". I purchased the Needlemaster kit that on the packaging says has lengths 20", 24", etc. So in order to make this headband what circulars would I get?


11-14-2006, 10:31 AM
Circulars are measured from needle tip to needle tip. So the length of the cord depends on the length of both needle tips. I think you can purchase Boye circular cords in shorter lengths at any craft store or Walmart.

11-14-2006, 10:36 AM
Circular needles are measured from needle tip to tip. To make this pattern with your Needlemaster, you can do the 2-circular method for small diameters. Amy has a video on this page: Advanced Techniques (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/).

Take 2 cords of any length and put a size 5 needle tip on one end, and put a size 4 tip on the other end. When knitting, always keep the size 5 as the working needle (usually held in the right hand). The working needle determines your gauge, so it's OK for the non-working needle to be slightly smaller.

11-14-2006, 10:50 AM
the smallest the Boye needlemaster kit gets down to is that 20" length. I think the cords are just too stiff to go down any shorter than that. you wouldn't be able to bend them enough. i would do the two circ method for something 12" in diameter. :thumbsup:

Mrs. D.
11-15-2006, 10:07 AM
Thank you for the responses. I think I will do this on dpns.