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Old 08-02-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
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smaller sizes for options circular needles?
I'm learning to knit socks and just purchased a set of options interchangeable circulars to learn the magic loop method - and for other uses too, of course. I need a smaller size than size 4, which is the smallest I can find for the options. Is there a smaller size in this line? Especially size 2 and 3....
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:07 PM   #2
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No. I have both the harmony wood and the nickel interchangeable sets and they only go to size 4. You will have to purchase single circulars, which Knitpicks has down to size zeroif you want to do magic loop or purchase dpn's in the smaller sizes to knit your projects.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:24 PM   #3
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Yes, they have smaller sizes, but not in the interchangeables. It has something to do with join being too small to work with a regular cable. They do have fixed circulars though in all the sizes below size 4.
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:39 PM   #4
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thanks - I was afraid of this. I'll buy one or two of the "single" circulars in the smaller sizes.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:51 AM   #5
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Yes, what Jan said about being too small for the connectors. Be very careful about where you put your 4s, 5s, and 6s. I've accidentally put something on top of them and had them break. Those smaller sizes are delicate. I keep them in the case or put the project I'm knitting with them in a safe place where they'll likely not be disturbed. Fortunately, Knitpicks was very good about replacing them for me for free.

I should add that I have the Harmony Wood needles.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:20 AM   #6
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Wow, great service from Knitpicks for replacing. I haven't figured out a system for storing my set yet - just carrying all of them around in their little packages.... I did order the separate circulars in the small sizes. I like the zephyrs, but they don't have the smalls in these, for some reason. Onward! and thanks for your help.
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I store mine in a Boye crochet hook case. Some you have to wiggle in but the loops stretch. For the larger ones, I pulled up two of the smaller loops to make one big one. I keep the cables in the plastic pouch and it tucks right inside. The pouch zips up. I also got one of those Boye metal knitting gauges with the sizing holes in them. This also tucks in. I like it because it has the American sizes on one side of the holes and the metric sizes on the other. Some patterns only list the metric sizes.

I keep the needle case, scissors, yarn needles and everything I need in a Cumberland Concepts bag so everything is together. I can grab and go. You can buy the bags singly in the office supply section at Walmart.

http://www.cumberlandconcepts.com/

http://www.simplicity.com/p-1281-boy...izer-case.aspx

http://www.google.com/products/catal...ed=0CEAQ8gIwAw
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Originally Posted by rebglass View Post
Wow, great service from Knitpicks for replacing. I haven't figured out a system for storing my set yet - just carrying all of them around in their little packages.... I did order the separate circulars in the small sizes. I like the zephyrs, but they don't have the smalls in these, for some reason. Onward! and thanks for your help.
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I, and several friends, use this type for our Options and LOVE it! There are no annoying ties to get caught in other stuff in your knitting bag and it's compact. Plus you can get numbers for slots or have her iron them on for a few extra dollars.
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I'm sure those are nice sets. The size two and three needles for interchangeable sets is intriguing. But I like wood or bamboo needles and I don't think they have those, do they? I don't like plastic and I can't get good tension with metal needles. They slide all over the place and the stitches are too loose. Besides, I'm spoiled on KP's pointy tips. It makes it easy to cable and do bind offs. I'm one of those who doesn't use a cable needle.

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Old 08-04-2011, 09:41 AM   #10
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Yes, knit picks has wood needles called Harmonies, and they're very nice. They have pointy tips and while they have a smooth finish, they're not as slick as the metal ones. The acrylic ones aren't so bad either, very pointy and not slick, but they're clear which bothers some people.
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