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Old 02-17-2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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question on circular needles
when it says 16" circular needles is this the total length or just the length of the cord?
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Old 02-17-2013, 12:40 AM   #2
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Circular needles are measured from needle tip to needle tip.
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well, to make the circulars I have, which are bamboo and plastic tubing, 16" I will have no way to knit with them, so changing the pattern from an in the round to a flat knit.
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Why would you have no way to knit a with them?
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:30 AM   #5
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Are these interchangeable needles with very long needles? You could go to a much longer cable and use magic loop or two circulars.
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If you mean your needles are longer than 16", there's a couple ways to 'shorten' them without cutting them. Use Magic loop, shown on the Advanced Techniques page, or single loop. You pull out the cord between stitches to make a loop and the stitches fit around the needle then.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #7
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No, the needles themselves are bamboo, with plastic tubing that can be cut to any length, the problem is the needles are themselves 6 inches long, so with 16 inches, that leaves a four inch long tubing length, which is not enough to get the needles together to actually knit with them, so I just converted the pattern to flat knitting and used my regular aluminum needles.
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When you feel like trying something new, try magic loop or one of the other techniques for small diameter circular knitting. They really are a lot of fun and sure beat having to convert patterns to the flat and then seam!
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Are you making your own circs? I remember that someone was but don't recall who. Maybe you?
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not entirely, I buy the needle parts from ebay, then use the correct length of plastic tubing, so in a way yes, and in a way no, lol
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