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Old 05-10-2013, 10:39 PM   #1
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straight needles vs. in the round
i am just getting back to knitting.. i havent knitted for many years, been doing mostly crochet. what type of needles do you prefer straight or in the round? why?

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Old 05-10-2013, 10:56 PM   #2
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I suspect most peoeple will say they prefer cable needles...

1) They are easier on the wrists as the needles (stiff part) is shorter.
2) They allow you to do wide/larger projects, whereas straight needles limit the width of your project.
3) Cable needles can be used to knit BOTH flat and round/tubular objects.

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Old 05-10-2013, 11:04 PM   #3
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I have been knitting for years and until very recently only on straight needles. I am a very tight knitter and was getting sore hands. I decided to try circular needles. I like them much better as it seems to help with my tight tension and my hands don't hurt! I like the interchangeable ones with the different cord lengths. I invested in a set and don't regret it.

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I don't even own a set of straight needles anymore. With circulars you can knit flat or in the round whereas with straights you can really only knit flat except for a few special techniques.

Circulars can knit much longer things like a whole sweater or afghan where it would be very hard to do with straights without making it in strips or parts so you have to seam.

They can also be much easier on the hands. I own a few sets of interchangeables as well as extra needles and cables. I like using magic loop for small circular items like hats so I also have a lot of lo g cables.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:37 AM   #5
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Circs. for the reasons mentioned above. Plus: An interchangeable set is easier to store when not in use.
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I prefer circs as well.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:27 AM   #7
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Circs here, too. So versatile and the cable helps distribute the weight of whatever you're knitting.

Plus you can't leave one home. Or lose it in the couch.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:11 PM   #8
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i never, ever use straits anymore unless I really have to which is next to never
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:04 PM   #9
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thank you so much for the comments and advise. i bought a boyd circular needle, as it was on clearance this is not interchangeable. the cable quite stiff and sometimes gets in the way. are the cables on the interchangeable sets more flexible? if you have an interchangeable set, what brand do you prefer?

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It really relies on who you get them from personally I like knitpicks the best but then again i've only ever had them and boyd circs... I hate boyd circs
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