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letsknit 08-19-2009 11:30 PM

bare minimum to be prepared...
I went to the book store yestereday and decided to pick up a couple of knitting mags. While I'm not ready yet to start making a lot of the items that I saw, I still like to read the patterns and see what is needed to make all the different garments. What I came away with was a question...

What would be the bare minimum of knitting supplies (yarn not included) that I would need to be able to knit a variety of items at a moments notice? Right now, I have only a set of size 8 aluminium straight needles that are 13 inches and a set of size 5 24 inch circs and I know that I can't do a lot of things until I upgrade. However, I can't spend hundreds of dollars getting every size and length of needle right away. Any suggestions?

suzeeq 08-19-2009 11:56 PM

Well.... knitpicks just came out with a interchangeable set of acrylic needles for just under $45. That may seem like a lot, but it gets you every size from 4 to 11 with cords to make 2 different lengths so that's effectively 18 circular needles. Or more. Big savings. You can easily knit flat on circs as well as in the round, many of us don't even use straight needles anymore. That will take you a long way toward having everything you need, and the reviews on them have been mostly favorable.

letsknit 08-20-2009 12:33 AM

Thanks so much suze! That is just the kind of information that I was looking for. I am not sure yet about what is a good deal for supplies, but that is about the same price that I was looking at for a set of straights and a set of DPNs so I think I just might grab those. Thanks a lot!

suecq 08-20-2009 09:20 AM

If you add a set of small double point needles you will be set. Knitpicks has a set of dp needles on sale for just under $30. It has 6 sizes with 6 needles in each size. They use the metric ans US sizes so the set has 2 sets of # 1's and 2's. Add the three larger size acrylic needles not included in the set (sizes 13, 15 and 17) and you will be set for any pattern.

suzeeq 08-20-2009 10:07 AM

You generally won't need dpns. With 2 cords you can work small in the round items with 2 circs, or use the longer cord and Magic Loop.

wadcorbe 08-20-2009 10:56 AM

Letsknit, I'm in the same boat as you. I am a fairly new knitter, and everytime I start a new project, I'm spending an extra $10+ just on needles. Yarn is expensive enough! So I have placed an order with Knit Picks and purchased a set of the Zephyr's. I don't have them yet, so I can't comment on how much I like them, but I've never knitted with really good quality needles (such as Addi's), so I'm sure I won't be disappointed. I also just figured out how to magic loop, :woohoo: so I will no longer be using DPN's, which I dislike very much! :ick: Good luck with the knitting!

letsknit 08-20-2009 01:45 PM

The magic loop huh? I have never heard of that before. I will have to get busy... Thanks everyone for all the advice!

melmac51 08-20-2009 04:54 PM


Originally Posted by letsknit (Post 1247825)
The magic loop huh? I have never heard of that before. I will have to get busy... Thanks everyone for all the advice!

There's probably a video on this very site for the magic loop. Good Luck and have fun!

suzeeq 08-20-2009 06:21 PM

There is, it's on the Advanced Techniques page under knitting a small circumference, along with one for 2 circs and dpns.

letsknit 08-20-2009 09:40 PM

I checked it out. It looks pretty straight forward. Lets see what happens when I try it! LOL But I have a question, if you have a pattern that calls for DPNs, how does that translate into the magic loop?

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