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Old 07-17-2005, 05:48 PM   #1
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Circular or Straight Needles?
How many prefer circular needles to straight needles? Are circular best for knitting a hat and is it too hard for a beginner? I just bought circular needles but I'm afraid to try them right now. Should I try knitting a hat with straight needles first?
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Old 07-17-2005, 05:51 PM   #2
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well i haven't tried knitting a hat but knitting on circs in the round has been very easy for me. i started using circs as straight needles from the first stitch...i think they are great...no having to find a needle that fell on the floor!

watch amy's video for knitting in the round. it really is very easy....ya just keeeep goin...
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Old 07-17-2005, 06:00 PM   #3
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I like circs for larger items... so far I have only used them for flat projects, not in the round yet. But I like straights in shorter lengths for quick scarves, etc.
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Old 07-17-2005, 06:13 PM   #4
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I knit in the round when I can because I am lazy. I don't want to seam stuff up. I like them for knitting flat too because there is much less motion involved.
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Old 07-17-2005, 06:38 PM   #5
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I use my interchangeables for pretty much EVERYTHING...even flat stuff. Having one longer needle is alot less cumbersome than 2 straights.
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Old 07-17-2005, 07:19 PM   #6
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I use my interchangeables for pretty much EVERYTHING...even flat stuff. Having one longer needle is alot less cumbersome than 2 straights.
Oooh plus you don't lose the needle. I am really bad at losing the one with no stitches on it
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Old 07-17-2005, 07:20 PM   #7
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A basic hat isn't too hard for a beginner, I think! Try a simple roll brim hat-it's a great project for your first circular experience.
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Old 07-17-2005, 07:55 PM   #8
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How long are the circs that you bought? You are golden if you bought 16" circs; but if you got 24" or anything that will be larger than the circumference of whatever u r knitting (head) then they won't work. I say go for it if you got the right size; it's really very easy & nothing to be afraid of & there's always somebody around here that can answer a question if u get stumped.
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Old 07-17-2005, 08:57 PM   #9
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I use the magic loop method with circular needles for knitting hats. I just checked and there's a video on this site - click on "Advanced Techniques".

Good luck.

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Well poo.....I did get the 24" circular. I didn't even know they came in sizes like that. Tells you how new I am at this. I only bought the size of needles the same way I would buy straight needles. Oh well, on the next trip to the store, I'll pick up the right ones. In the mean time I will practice with these.
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