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Old 03-18-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Do I need to get the right needles?
Before starting this pattern I bought (what I thought) were the correct materials. The pattern calls for size 8 circular needles. However, I ordered regular size 8 needles instead of circular. Do I need to buy circular needles for this pattern? Or can I get away with using the needles I have?

Here is the pattern:

http://sweetfiberdesigns.com/2011/01...hat-for-jason/

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Old 03-18-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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You can't knit a hat in the round on straight needles. You can convert the pattern to flat knitting though and seam it up. Circulars are very versatile though, you can knit flat on them and they hold many many more stitches than straight ones.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:14 PM   #3
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If you want to follow the pattern EXACTLY, then you'll need to buy size 8 AND size 10 circular needles (and probably double pointed ones too). But, like suzeeq says, you can adapt the pattern for flat knitting if you want to.

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Old 03-18-2013, 08:48 PM   #4
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How would I go about adapting the pattern?
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:57 PM   #5
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And I suppose my other question would be, how many double pointed needles do I need? I have actually never used double pointed needles before, and they look somewhat scary!
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Double points come in sets of 4 or 5, one is left empty to knit the new sts onto, the rest just hold the needles. You're still just knitting with 2 needles at a time and the others are stitch holders. Look at the dpn video, though you may have too many stitches to fit onto a set, and would have to do a short circular (until the decreases, then you need dpns or a long circ or 2 of them) or use a longer circular and magic loop. There's videos for 2 circs and magic loop on the same page as the dpns.

If you knit it flat, you'd have to reverse the sts on the even rows, though it looks like a simple rib pattern, so that's not as difficult.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:15 PM   #7
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Olivia - Don't be scared off by DPNs, I only started to use them a year ago after telling myself they were too complicated for me, a relatively new knitter. Well they're not! You only knit with two needles at a time, like regular needles (some stitches on one needle and an empty needle you're knitting with), the others just become stitch holders really.

Here's a hat on dpns I started earlier this year and hope to finish tonight (only 5 rows to go!)



You can see the hat tube on the needles (four of them), and the spare needle for knitting. Mine was 128 stitches divided between the 4 dpns.

Have a go, if (when) you master them you can make gloves, wristwarmers, hats and of course, socks too!!
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I watched the video for the magic loop and two circulars. I got a little lost halfway through the magic loop video. :/ I think I will just go with using the DPNs. I got a little confused, is that what you think would be my best bet with this pattern?
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:31 PM   #9
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I was intimidated by DPNs, too, but there were too many patterns that called for them, so I gave it a whirl for the first time a couple of months ago, and I was surprised by how simple it actually was! If I can do it, you can do it!
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