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butlersabroad 04-03-2013 03:16 PM

Needle Size
 
What size needles would I need for a pattern that requires 150 stitches using sportweight or DK weight wool? I have 10" but I can see they won't be big enough.

HeathersHobbies 04-03-2013 03:24 PM

I use circular knitting needles when I have a larger project. You can hold a lot of stitches and helps with the weight of the whatever you are knitting.

butlersabroad 04-03-2013 03:55 PM

I was wondering about circulars to be honest. I thought they were only for knitting in the round, so I read Amy's knitting guide here and she says you can use them either way. I want to knit a cowl. Thanks for the advice.

Marina1109 04-03-2013 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by butlersabroad (Post 1373731)
I was wondering about circulars to be honest. I thought they were only for knitting in the round, so I read Amy's knitting guide here and she says you can use them either way. I want to knit a cowl. Thanks for the advice.


I used to use straight needles for my scarves.
Then one day I discovered circulars, that's what I use for everything I knit now.
:)

Ingrid 04-03-2013 10:00 PM

I gave away all my straights and do all my knitting on circs. And I can never leave a needle home!

Jan in CA 04-03-2013 10:56 PM

I haven't used straight needles in years. Only use my flexible cable Options.

GrumpyGramma 04-04-2013 12:59 AM

Did you ever drop a needle and have to go retrieve it from the under your chair or in the cushions? Using circs, that dropped needle is on a leash, won't get lost, is easy to retrieve.

Jan in CA 04-04-2013 01:50 AM

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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma (Post 1373775)
Did you ever drop a needle and have to go retrieve it from the under your chair or in the cushions? Using circs, that dropped needle is on a leash, won't get lost, is easy to retrieve.

Or under an airplane seat two row away or in a theater in the dark? Didn't happen to me, but a few friends. :teehee:

Is this what you meant butler? Or did you mean actual needle size? Or cable length?

salmonmac 04-04-2013 04:01 AM

I've given away my straight needles, too. The circulars can be used for all kinds of knitting including Magic loop for small circular knitting as well plain, old knitting back and forth. Much easier.

butlersabroad 04-04-2013 07:19 AM

Ooh, bad English from the English lady! :roflhard:

Should have asked about needle length, not size, silly me. Sounds like I should be looking at a set of circulars then I think. Thanks for the input everyone. :grphug:


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