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Old 11-10-2013, 02:52 AM   #1
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When I use circular knitting needles I find the stitches always bunch up in the wire part and it is awkward shoving them onto the needles to continue knitting. It interrupts the pleasant flow of knitting and is rather aggravating. My stitches are not small - once they are on the needle they knit just fine. Does anyone else have this problem with circular needles? I assume not because so many people enjoy using circular needles. I want to use them for some hat, sock and mitts projects but would like some advice as to what I am doing wrong with the needles. Thank you.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:05 AM   #2
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All the time. I find it happens with smaller yarn rather than big. Generally, it loosen the more you knit, but not always. I had a 2 ply yarn project on size 2 circ needles and actually fractured my nails pushing the stitches back on the needle. I'm also experiencing it now with fingering yarn.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:13 AM   #3
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Yep you are not alone, It is annoying...but at least knitting in the round is fun
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:01 PM   #4
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It could in part be the needles you're using. Some are easier to use than others. Sometimes the join where the cable meets the tip is the problem and no matter what you do the stitches aren't going to move past it easily. Sometimes the cable is the problem because it insists on curling its own way. What brand of needles are you using? I find that with my needles from Knit Picks or WEBS this is only a problem is I knit tight.
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Old 11-10-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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Thank you - I thought I was doing something wrong. I guess four double sided needles would be an alternative, and they would have to be long needles for wider projects like sweaters, or even hats.
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As GG mentioned, it can be the join. If the situation warrants it, I push as many stitches as I can onto the left needle, using a point protector on the end of the needle to cushion my hand/finger while doing so.
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What kind of point protector?
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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Will try those.
Would you consider using four doubled pointed needles instead? Will this work just the same as circular needles?
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If you knit a hat from the bottom edge up to the crown using circular needles, you will need to switch to dpn's (double pointed needles) when you reach a certain point in the decreasing, unless you use this method:

Magic Loop

In which case it is optimal to use a circular needle length of at least 30".

For hats, socks, and mitts you can certainly use dpn's. I primarily use the Magic Loop method for knitting in the round, but also will use dpn's on occasion.
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