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Old 06-14-2013, 01:40 PM   #11
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Depending on how flexible your cable is you might be able to make a loop and use the ones you have. Typically I use a longer, very flexible cable and won't change unless I get tired of pulling extra cable through. I don't switch to DPNs. Check the Advanced Videos in the Free Videos section to see how Amy does the loops. Another option is that if you have two circs the same size is to use two of them, I think there's a video for that too. One thing about hats is you can cast on a few more or fewer stitches to make it fit as you wish, you just have to rework the number of sts between decreases. Have fun! BTW I look at hats to find one I want to do and then give up and find some that interest me when I'm looking for someone else. Go figure. Another thought, if your needles are interchangeable you can make two and use a smaller needle tip for the left needle since working in the round means you don't use the left needle to make the stitches. It's actually easier and faster to work that way for me.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:51 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Depending on how flexible your cable is you might be able to make a loop and use the ones you have. Typically I use a longer, very flexible cable and won't change unless I get tired of pulling extra cable through. I don't switch to DPNs. Check the Advanced Videos in the Free Videos section to see how Amy does the loops. Another option is that if you have two circs the same size is to use two of them, I think there's a video for that too. One thing about hats is you can cast on a few more or fewer stitches to make it fit as you wish, you just have to rework the number of sts between decreases. Have fun! BTW I look at hats to find one I want to do and then give up and find some that interest me when I'm looking for someone else. Go figure. Another thought, if your needles are interchangeable you can make two and use a smaller needle tip for the left needle since working in the round means you don't use the left needle to make the stitches. It's actually easier and faster to work that way for me.
My needles aren't interchangeable. But if I find out what the common sizes are for hats, I could get a couple of pairs of "hat needles" They aren't expensive if I wait for a 50% off coupon at Michaels

I've definitely got to look at the videos you suggest though - using two together...I can imagine myself getting into all kinds of trouble...lol
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:16 PM   #13
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That rolled brim one is exactly what I want. I'd looked on ravelry last winter and seen about a million hats, but didn't see this one. I always use circs but I've only used them flat - so this looks like the right time to venture into knitting in the round.

It calls for 16 inch circs though, and all mine measure 19 inches for the cord alone, so a total of 29 inches. Are they too big?

I got this size (at Micheal's) because I like the length of the metal part better - on the 16 inch ones the needles are so darn small I thought they'd be kind of hard to hold - especially for doll clothes where there aren't many stitches, so you don't end up with much fabric in your hands either.
When knitting in the round, you want your circulars to be a smaller size than the diameter of your project, so the 29" won't work. I believe the pattern calls for a set of double pointed needles also. You might consider the Magic Loop, eliminating the need for dpns. The circulars would need to be a minimum length of 32", a longer length could be desirable depending on what you envision for future projects.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/magic-loop
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Originally Posted by claireweber View Post
When knitting in the round, you want your circulars to be a smaller size than the diameter of your project, so the 29" won't work. I believe the pattern calls for a set of double pointed needles also. You might consider the Magic Loop, eliminating the need for dpns. The circulars would need to be a minimum length of 32", a longer length could be desirable depending on what you envision for future projects.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/magic-loop

Oh wow, I only read through the pattern quickly - and assumed it was circs OR dpn's. Never assume, lol.

I'll check out the video on magic loop, omigosh this is getting really interesting, thanks to you two!
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