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boo1 12-06-2007 12:24 AM

When do you need a cable longer than 24 inches?
 
I think I read that Magic Loop uses a long cable (32?) but just in general, when do you know, if the pattern doesn't specify, if 24 inches is long enough? When is it too long?

Thanks in advance!!!

Knitting_Guy 12-06-2007 12:26 AM

It just depends on how many stitches you need to work with. You couldn't do a sweater in the round on a 24" cable.

Magic Loop is easier on a longer cable as it doesn't put as much pressure on the cable/needle joints.

Ingrid 12-06-2007 12:44 AM

I've done sweaters on 24", but 29" is usually better. You need 16" for hats and collars. I like 24" for knitting flat or doing two circs, as well.

Knitting_Guy 12-06-2007 12:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ingrid (Post 1017837)
I've done sweaters on 24", but 29" is usually better. You need 16" for hats and collars. I like 24" for knitting flat or doing two circs, as well.

Wow, that was either a small sweater or some seriously bunched stitches :rofl:

inkaholic 12-06-2007 12:53 AM

I have a question that's probably sort of dumb, but I always thought that when you said 16" circulars, you meant that the cable itself was 16". Do you measure the needles also when determining the length? I have a few circulars of indeterminate origin lying around, and though I can use a needle gauge to find out their mm, I was wondering how I find out what cable length they're considered.

Jan in CA 12-06-2007 01:08 AM

You measure circulars from needle tip to needle tip. ;)

I use 24's for two circ projects like socks and some sweaters, 16's for hats, , but I prefer 32 or 40 for magic loop.

boo1 12-06-2007 07:26 AM

So, if I'm not using ML or making a sweater or blanket....
 
I don't need anything longer than 24. And 16 for hats. Got it.

:)

knitncook 12-06-2007 09:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by boo1 (Post 1017904)
I don't need anything longer than 24. And 16 for hats. Got it.

:)

Probably not. Although now we are all going to challenge you to learn Magic Loop and knit a sweater! :wink:

HollyP 12-06-2007 01:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by knitncook (Post 1017940)
Although now we are all going to challenge you to learn Magic Loop and knit a sweater! :wink:

:teehee: You know you want to!! All the cool kids are doing it :teehee:

Ingrid 12-06-2007 07:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Knitting_Guy (Post 1017839)
Wow, that was either a small sweater or some seriously bunched stitches :rofl:

You can fit a lot of stitches when you're using Shetland wool--it's fingering weight.:thumbsup:

Plus, when you're as sleek as I am. . . . .

:rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:


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