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Birdiegirl 01-11-2008 11:06 AM

Knitting w/Size 50 Needles

I am knitting a small blanket/throw using Size 50 Lion Speed Stix. I cast on 32 stitches of 4 bulky yarns...this is really crowded on the needles...are size 50 needles available in longer lengths to make wider projects?

Thanks for your help!

Jan in CA 01-11-2008 12:35 PM

Isn't knitting with size 50 like knitting with bats? :??


You didn't say what length your needles are now.

Birdiegirl 01-11-2008 12:40 PM

I think they are 14 inches...they are the red Lion Speed Stix

Sunshine's Mom 01-11-2008 12:55 PM

No - they don't make them any longer. I was saying the same thing while trying to knit an afghan for a Christmas present. It was only 34 stitches, but with 4 strands of yarn!! They are pretty unwieldy to work with to say the least!! The afghan came out really great, though, and was a big hit as a gift.

Birdiegirl 01-11-2008 02:42 PM

That's basically what I am doing too...I am going to stick with it...but it would go much faster if I didn't have to worry about the stitches falling off the needle ends (both ends...they are so crammed on!)

Mirl56 01-11-2008 07:11 PM

I have a pair of those needles, too, though I haven't used them yet.

I'd suggest when you stop for the day/whatever, stop in the middle of the row so there won't be so many stitches on 1 needle, they won't be as likely to fall off the end of the needles.

Birdiegirl 01-11-2008 07:17 PM

Hi Marilyn - Yes! That is the way I left my work last the middle of the worked well.

I'm hoping I can get a lot done on that this weekend!

miccisue 01-11-2008 07:58 PM

No, they don't come any longer. I noticed you said the stitches were falling off both ends....I believe I made the same blanket for a SIL in '06 (4 strands of Homespun?) and the stitches kept going over the "knobby" end of the needle, not just the "pointy" end. Since I work in an auto parts store, I found a couple of ginormous flat washers that fit over the size 50's and had a big enough outside diameter that the yarn couldn't slip over them. That at least solved the problem of the yarn sliding over one end of each needle.....might give that a shot, it'll make things a bit easier.:thumbsup:
And, yes, the blanket will turn out really SIL loves hers (and so do her daughters - enough that I had to knit them their own blankets for Christmas '07! I used Red Heart Baby Clouds for theirs, though) as it's really soft and cuddly.

spectorkitty 01-11-2008 08:07 PM

I've made three afghans with those needles, and all turned out beautifully. It was a bit difficult keeping all that yarn on there, but I just squished it to the end when I had to leave it and they didn't fall off.But there are a set of 50 circulars I am dying to get, here's a link:

Mirl56 01-11-2008 08:41 PM

Here are some directions how to make your own circular needles!

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