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Old 04-08-2009, 11:44 AM   #11
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Actually I would think circs would be better too. The needles are only about 4-5" long and probably easier to handle. I tried out a pattern a couple months ago and the only needles the right size with nothing on them were some straights. It was really difficult to handle them, so I can see why a lot of new knitters have problems learning on them.
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:45 PM   #12
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I think it's great you're teaching a child to knit. I agree with EarthWhispers regarding circulars. They don't have to worry about dropping needles and they are smaller.
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:31 PM   #13
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When I was a kid (I'm not sure how old) I learned to knit using one of those spools that makes an i-cord like tube. That was really easy and looked good right away.
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:53 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Mommy22alyns View Post
Teaching a 6 year old to knit - straights or circs?
Which would you suggest? And about what size would you start with?

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Old 04-10-2009, 05:12 PM   #15
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I taught my little granddaughter on bamboo circs, size US11 on fat yarn. Circs were easier on her itty bitty little wrists. And the 'other' needle didn't get lost.
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