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Old 01-11-2008, 11:06 AM   #1
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Knitting w/Size 50 Needles
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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?

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Old 01-11-2008, 12:35 PM   #2
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Isn't knitting with size 50 like knitting with bats?



You didn't say what length your needles are now.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:40 PM   #3
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I think they are 14 inches...they are the red Lion Speed Stix
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:55 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 01-11-2008, 02:42 PM   #5
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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!)
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:11 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:17 PM   #7
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Hi Marilyn - Yes! That is the way I left my work last night...in the middle of the row..it worked well.

I'm hoping I can get a lot done on that this weekend!
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Old 01-11-2008, 07:58 PM   #8
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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.
And, yes, the blanket will turn out really nicely....my 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.
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Size 50 - Source
Hi

A super source for quality needles is www.jenkinswoodworking.com

I purchased a set of Size 50 circulars to make larger knitted afgahns/throws. Just started using mine last night, wow, so much easier than the Speed Stix!!
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:50 PM   #10
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If you want longer straights in size 50 they are available, my LYS sells them. They have a website http://www.yarnandfiber.com/catalog/...?cPath=344_989. I don't know if they would be worth the price to me, but I'll put it out there for those who are interested.
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