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amberof2 11-02-2007 09:56 AM

straight to circular?
Can I use a circular needle to do a scarf? Is it more complicated? I wanted to do a block pattern. 6k 6p 3 times for 6 rows then 6p 6k 3 times for 6 rows.
I'm still kind of a beginner, but I thought the circulars might be nice... they look fun.

MrsDavis3 11-02-2007 10:01 AM

I use circular needles for almost everything
You can use circular needles for flat OR circular knitting.

How: Just cast on and knit without joining the ends of the first row (joining the ends of the row would make a circle and lead to knitting a tube.)

BUT I wonder: Are you asking if you can change the pattern to make a tubular piece, or are you asking if you can use the circulars to make a flat piece? You could do either, but of course the tubular scarf will be twice as thick, and half as wide unless you double the number of stitches in a row (it would be called a round if you knit circularly).

The.Knitter 11-02-2007 10:05 AM

I use circs for 99% of the knitting I do. I find it is more comfortable for me. The weight of the knitting sits in your lap and is not held up by your wrists when you use circs. Also, knitting on circs is much easier to store than on straights. I like it much better. Good luck and happy knitting!

knitmonster 11-02-2007 10:06 AM

I think circular needles are easier to knit with sometimes. They aren't as bulking and are nice to use on car trips are anywhere where you don't have room to really spread out and make yourself at home. I did a really long (8 feet) scarf on circs (size 7, about 15 stitches) and found that it was just easier to use, put away and somehow made to k1p1 ribbing less tedious.

(is it terrible to say that ribbing is tedious!?!?!?)

amberof2 11-02-2007 10:07 AM

I am asking if you can do flat :0)


amberof2 11-02-2007 10:08 AM

though would I still get the block effect I'm looking for if I'm using circular for flat?

The.Knitter 11-02-2007 10:14 AM

Yes you can use circs for flat knitting. I do it all the time. I have not learned how to knit in the round yet. Knitting on circs as opposed to straights gives you the same effect as knitting on straights. There is NO difference to the FO.

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