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Old 11-26-2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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Knitting on circular needles
Hello I am new to your site and have enjoyed the photos of beautiful creations. I have recently started knitting and now I have a pair of circular bamboo needles. I love them and am wondering if I can do anything I can do on straight on the circular?
thanks so much! Beth
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:43 PM   #2
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Yes, you don't have to join the rows on circs, just turn at the end of the row and work back just like you do with straight needles. They're a lot easier to work blankets, large shawls and seamless cardigans on because the cords will hold lots more stitches than straight needles will.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:13 PM   #3
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Yes, you don't have to join the rows on circs, just turn at the end of the row and work back just like you do with straight needles. They're a lot easier to work blankets, large shawls and seamless cardigans on because the cords will hold lots more stitches than straight needles will.
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I am a warrior for circular needles. I just inherited some straight needles that went into my archive but in 30+ years of knitting I have never bought straight needles. (I did have some to start with). I do not know anything you can do on straight needles that you can not do on circs. (Or am I wrong now?)

I love circs for ergonomic reasons: since the stitches stay closer to the middle they do not have so much leverage and therefore keeps the shoulders carry less.

That is my personal preference and opinion.
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Nope - anything you can do with straights you can do with circulars. The length and weight of even 10" straight ones makes knitting awkward.
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Thank you everyone for your feedback! Happy knitting!
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