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Old 01-02-2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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Can a circular needle be used instead of DPNS?!
Hello all! I really want to start my first fair isle project, but I don't want to start with DPNs. I tried that with some so much =/. So, I was wondering if it were possible to just use a circular needle instead of DPNS for this particular beret or for any other hat pattern

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Old 01-02-2011, 11:41 PM   #2
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You can use a circular in place of dpns, but for a hat, there's a coupla tricks to know. Usually you would use a 16" needle for a hat, but at the top after it decreases you won't have enough sts to go around it easily. So you can use a longer one for the whole thing with the magic loop method (see the advanced techniques page) and that works for the top too. Usually you'd want about a 36" long needle, but you can use a shorter one and the single loop version of magic loop, at least until you get down to about 30 sts and you'll have to ML that too.
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