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Old 01-25-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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Doing away with straights?
My last flat project I knitted on a circular needle but it was on hand and the right size. Now I'm knitting a new project on straight needles and I find I much prefer the circular needles.

Can I do away with my straights completely or is there some reason I should keep them around?
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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You can pretty much do away with them. I have a few sets (US 9 and 10) that I keep around for teaching or in the rare instance of needing them for something, but I haven't used them in years. BTW...the only reason I have only those sizes is that those are the only ones I ever bought. I started using circulars pretty much right from the beginning.
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:30 PM   #3
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I use exclusively circulars as well .... if I really need straights for something particular then I will just go get that one pair (it hasn't happened yet!)

If you're most comfortable with circulars then I would just go with that.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:52 PM   #4
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I don't really see much of a need for them. I have maybe 2 or 3 pair right now, from when I very first started knitting. I discovered circulars a few years ago, and they are just so much easier on my wrists. I've also discovered that I can stand and knit with them and even move around with them, which naturally thrills me.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:06 PM   #5
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I had a full complement of straights which I cheerfully gave away when I discovered how much easier and more useful circular needles were. Yes, easier on the wrist and much nicer for knitting on airplanes (and appreciated by your seatmates).
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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I don't think that I've used straight needles for a few years now. You really don't need them. And I totally agree that circulars are much easier on the hands and wrists.

I have 2 pair of 9's around that I keep for the sole purpose of teaching other people with. But otherwise I'd have none.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:35 PM   #7
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I, too, mainly use circular needles; however, I do have quite a few different sizes of straight needles as well (most of which were given to me). I'll probably keep the straight needles around since I do occasionally use them to knit up a quick swatch and for other uses--like poking the seeds out of my luffa gourds. Hee!
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:43 PM   #8
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I tried straights for working up a sample of a pattern and I couldn't knit with the darn things! I can see why some people have a hard time learning to knit - all the while you're holding the needles, wrapping the yarn and pulling it through you have to balance those long ends (and these were only 10") even with only one row on them.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
I tried straights for working up a sample of a pattern and I couldn't knit with the darn things! I can see why some people have a hard time learning to knit - all the while you're holding the needles, wrapping the yarn and pulling it through you have to balance those long ends (and these were only 10") even with only one row on them.
Whenever I used to use the straights, I used to hold put the needle under my gut and hold it that way. Weird huh lol.
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A lot of people anchor one needle - in the armpit, against the leg or the knee. It's not really that unusual.
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