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luvsun27 08-22-2005 03:33 PM

Merged: New here....circular needles/Circular needles
 
Hi all...this is my first post here. I am going to attempt a baby blanket....this is my first major project. The pattern says to cast on 135 stitches...the lady at AC Moore recommended I get circular needles for this project....but how do I use them? So confused.....thanks.

ekgheiy 08-22-2005 03:36 PM

You'd use them the same as you would two separate needles. When you finish knitting one row of 135, switch the needles in your hand and work another row in the opposite direction. ;)

Ingrid 08-22-2005 03:37 PM

Because there are so many stitches on your cast on, she probably recommended the circular needles for the length. Just knit across using one tip to knit into the other tip. Then turn the whole thing around to knit back the other way. You'll have to slide your work from one end of the needle to the other to get at the first stitch of the next row.

The main purpose of circs is to knit things round and round, but I don't think this is the case here.

And welcome! :D

luvsun27 08-22-2005 03:38 PM

LOL...ok...but when the little part of the needle gets too many stitches...do I pust them onto the plastic wire part? They seem so huge sitting on there, I'm afraid they will get knotted or something? Am I being stupid...I know....but I just don't want to mess this up! Thanks.

ekgheiy 08-22-2005 03:41 PM

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Originally Posted by luvsun27
LOL...ok...but when the little part of the needle gets too many stitches...do I pust them onto the plastic wire part? They seem so huge sitting on there, I'm afraid they will get knotted or something? Am I being stupid...I know....but I just don't want to mess this up! Thanks.

Yep...you got it. Just push the sts onto the wire (the cable) and keep on knitting. That's what the cable is for ;) and no worries, the sts won't get tangled

Ingrid 08-22-2005 03:42 PM

Just let them slide down to the cable. They won't get knotted and they'll retain their shape.

If your cable is curled, put it in hot water for a few minutes to straighten it out.

BTW There is no stupid here. Just uninformed!!

brendajos 08-22-2005 03:42 PM

yup just let them run down on to the wire. that's what it is there for! and a real nice advantage of circs is no more digging around under the couch to find the needle when you drop it! i learned on circs and have never used straights (except for flex shafts!)....never will either!

Ingrid 08-22-2005 03:43 PM

ek--you and I are playing 'Dueling Answers'--good thing we have the same answers, though, isn't it!!

ekgheiy 08-22-2005 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Ingrid
ek--you and I are playing 'Dueling Answers'--good thing we have the same answers, though, isn't it!!

;)

ekgheiy 08-22-2005 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by brendajos
i learned on circs and have never used straights...never will either!

I agree ... ever since I learned to use circs, I don't like to use straights anymore. And I totally can't wait to get my interchangeable set.


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