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Old 02-18-2006, 10:02 AM   #30
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Re: FOUR clever things to do with your Interchangeable needl
Originally Posted by amy
Here's a few tricks I've (re-?)invented...

1) Use the "2 circular needles" method, with JUST the needles from your one Interchangeable needle set!

(What's the "2 circular needles" method? See Small Diameter Circular knitting, here.) Obviously you can't make 2 complete sets of circular needles of the same size, because that would require 4 needle tips of the same size, and you only have two in your kit. But what you can do, and this works JUST as well, is put the size needle you want to work with, on in the right hand side of each pair of circular needles. Mis-match the sets with a smaller needle on the left side. Because you're knitting ONTO the right size needle, in both cases, you'll have the correct gauge! The needle your knitting OFF of can be smaller, and it won't affect your gauge! In fact, if you're a tight knitter, this is a good idea anyway!
I have a question about this idea for you folks who have done it.
Because there is a smaller needle on one end, and you slide back and forth, won't you be knitting onto the smaller needles every other time?
Or are you stopping and changing needle ends?
I checked the video and saw that yes, you are working off one needle then the other.
I don't see that every time you are working off the right needle. It is once working off the right needle and next working off smaller needle.
Where am I confused?

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