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Old 10-06-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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I want to make a hat but...
I only have straight needles 4mm long - is it possible to make a circle with those. If I can - please tell and give some ideas!! Also are there any good youtube videos you would recommend for my problem?
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:55 PM   #2
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Your needles are 4 mm long? I looked at my ruler and that seems to convert to about 1 1/2" which is really short.

How useful this technique is for you I can't say.
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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Do you have a pattern already or are you looking for one? There are many hat patterns for 4mm straight needles on Ravelry. You'll have to seam them but that's not difficult to do.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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The first hat I made was with straight needles, but then you have to sew it up to make the hat shape. I didn't like the way it looked (translation: I didn't sew it very well), so I decided to learn how to Knit in the Round so I wouldn't have to sew it. It took some practice, now it's the only way I knit! There are good videos on this website and on YouTube. If you try it, I think you will like it!
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:33 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Your needles are 4 mm long? I looked at my ruler and that seems to convert to about 1 1/2" which is really short.
I concur. 4mm long needles would be so tiny, I'd get cramps in my hands trying to use them. Maybe they would look good as a doll accessory?
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:27 AM   #6
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I definitely recommend double-pointed needles! I haven't touched my straight needles in years. People are often intimidated by using four needles, but the principle is the same & it's actually quite easy once you've got it.

Good luck making your hat!
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:00 PM   #7
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Well, you can definitely knit a round object using straight needles. You would need to knit the project flat and then seam it to make a round shape. I would recommend using a 'mattress stitch' for creating your seam. Imo it produces the cleanest seam.

If you were to knit the object in the round, there are a number of different techniques and types of needles you can use to accomplish this. When I first began knitting hats in the round, I used a 16" circular needle, and when the circle became to small to accommodate the circular needle, I switched to double pointed needles.

I have used the 'Magic Loop' method for small diameter circular knitting for years; the technique usually requires a minimum of 30" length circular needle. There is no need to change to double pointed needles when using this technique.

Recently I have begun to use two circular needles to knit certain round projects. I have not knitted enough projects using this method to know how I feel about this technique, but I certainly do like it and may very well end up preferring it to the 'Magic Loop'.
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I concur. 4mm long needles would be so tiny, I'd get cramps in my hands trying to use them. Maybe they would look good as a doll accessory?
I think by long she just means straight needles that are 4 mm diameter.
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Old 10-10-2013, 12:06 PM   #9
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My first few hats were done on straight needles. It's really not that hard to do. You just have to seam them once you are done. Hat part can be a pain. I usually do mine on two circular needles now though.
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