Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-01-2005, 12:03 PM   #1
Kittykat
Casting On
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Canadian in Sweden
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Question
I'm sure this is a really silly question, but I'm really new to knitting! I was just wondering, the differences between needles, what are the proper names of each needle...I know double pointed needles are that, but what are the needles that are attached with wire, or tubing? Are they the cirular needles? Or is that something else? The pattern for a bag I plan on making calls for Size 4 circular -2 pair 29". It also calls for a set of dpn's which I'm okay with, as well as size 5 or larger, which I assume are the regular straight needles? I really have no idea...I think now I'm more confused that when I started writing this post!
__________________
And the passengers ignore her just a girl with an umbrella
There's nothing they can do for her there's nothing they can tell her
Nothing they could ever say would change the way she feels today
Kittykat is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 03-01-2005, 12:30 PM   #2
ekgheiy
Instepping Out
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: In The Jungle - Stalking Frogs *evil laughter*
Posts: 2,579
Thanks: 3
Thanked 42 Times in 41 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to ekgheiy Send a message via AIM to ekgheiy Send a message via MSN to ekgheiy Send a message via Yahoo to ekgheiy
Re: Question
Originally Posted by Kittykat
I'm sure this is a really silly question, but I'm really new to knitting! I was just wondering, the differences between needles, what are the proper names of each needle...I know double pointed needles are that, but what are the needles that are attached with wire, or tubing? Are they the cirular needles? Or is that something else? The pattern for a bag I plan on making calls for Size 4 circular -2 pair 29". It also calls for a set of dpn's which I'm okay with, as well as size 5 or larger, which I assume are the regular straight needles? I really have no idea...I think now I'm more confused that when I started writing this post!
Yep, the needles with the wire in the middle are called circular. So the size 4 refers to the circumfrance (spelling ) of the needle while the 29" refers to the length from tip to tip. If the pattern doesn't specify what kind of size 5's, regular straights are okay. You can use the cast on st amount to judge whether you need 10" straights or 14" straights. But you can also use circulars in place of straights too; just don't connect the sts to form a circle. Instead, simply turn your as you would with straights and just work back & forth. I've recently started working with circulars almost exclusively b/c they are easier to travel with.

Hope that helps
__________________
-ekgheiy

ekgheiy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2005, 12:34 PM   #3
Sara
Grafting the Toe
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 4,804
Thanks: 18
Thanked 60 Times in 60 Posts
Send a message via AIM to Sara
Needles
Okay, don't panic. Circular needles have two size measurements- one the size of the needles, in your case size 4 and the cable that connects the two needles has a length measurement, in your case 29". The needle package should give both measurements. If you have needles listed in a certain size, but there is no other indication, such as dpn, then yes they are understood to be straight size 5 needles. Hint: I've never met a yarn shop owner who wasn't willing to give advice or lead you by the hand, they really want you to learn to knit so that you can be their customer. So I never feel uncomfortable asking questions. Did I read that you are in Sweden? Ask around to see if there is a friend of a friend who could teach you to knit. That's how I learned.
Sara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2005, 03:13 PM   #4
Kittykat
Casting On
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Canadian in Sweden
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks guys, that was really helpful. It doesn't seem as scary now. I actually learned to knit while over here to pass the long cold winter months... :P Although my mom tried in vein to teach me a few years ago. And the whole asking a shop owner is kinda scary as well, considering I can't tell what half these things are in English, let alone Swedish!

I also had another question, if circulars are the ones with the tubing or whatever, I also heard, small little bamboo needles with no conectors also being circulars...any idea what those would be?
__________________
And the passengers ignore her just a girl with an umbrella
There's nothing they can do for her there's nothing they can tell her
Nothing they could ever say would change the way she feels today
Kittykat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2005, 03:35 PM   #5
amy
Administrator
Site Admin
 
amy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Western Massachusetts
Posts: 3,783
Thanks: 348
Thanked 747 Times in 157 Posts
Welcome KittyKat!
Quote:
I also heard, small little bamboo needles with no conectors also being circulars...any idea what those would be?
Hmmm, maybe they were referring to interchangeable circular needles? When they're not assembled, the needles look kind of like extra short DPN's, but one end has threads or some other fastener to attach a cable to (cables of different lengths are included in the set). When assembled, they look and act just like normal cable needles. But you have the advantage of a selection of needle sizes and cable lengths which you can interchange.

Amy
__________________
~Amy
KnittingHelp Queen Bee


‎"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open."
Martha Graham
amy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2005, 04:36 PM   #6
ekgheiy
Instepping Out
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: In The Jungle - Stalking Frogs *evil laughter*
Posts: 2,579
Thanks: 3
Thanked 42 Times in 41 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to ekgheiy Send a message via AIM to ekgheiy Send a message via MSN to ekgheiy Send a message via Yahoo to ekgheiy
Originally Posted by Kittykat
I also had another question, if circulars are the ones with the tubing or whatever, I also heard, small little bamboo needles with no conectors also being circulars...any idea what those would be?
Or maybe you heard double point for circular knitting??? :?

Just a thought
__________________
-ekgheiy

ekgheiy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2005, 05:17 PM   #7
Kittykat
Casting On
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Canadian in Sweden
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have no idea...I think I'm just trying to make things much more difficult than they have to be. I'm always doing that!
__________________
And the passengers ignore her just a girl with an umbrella
There's nothing they can do for her there's nothing they can tell her
Nothing they could ever say would change the way she feels today
Kittykat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2005, 05:40 PM   #8
ekgheiy
Instepping Out
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: In The Jungle - Stalking Frogs *evil laughter*
Posts: 2,579
Thanks: 3
Thanked 42 Times in 41 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to ekgheiy Send a message via AIM to ekgheiy Send a message via MSN to ekgheiy Send a message via Yahoo to ekgheiy
Originally Posted by Kittykat
I have no idea...I think I'm just trying to make things much more difficult than they have to be. I'm always doing that!
You and me both! It's okay, that's what fellow knitters on message boards are for ... to snap us out of our difficult ways ...
__________________
-ekgheiy

ekgheiy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2005, 07:05 PM   #9
Kittykat
Casting On
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Canadian in Sweden
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Another question, just cause you are all so helpfull! :D How do you knit on the wrong side? Another pattern I'm starting says to start out on the ws and knit 2 purl 2 etc... how do you start out on the wrong side?
__________________
And the passengers ignore her just a girl with an umbrella
There's nothing they can do for her there's nothing they can tell her
Nothing they could ever say would change the way she feels today
Kittykat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2005, 07:56 PM   #10
mascarasnake
1st Leg of the Journey
 
mascarasnake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 142
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It's just the side of your work that would be facing inward. For example, if you are knitting in stockinette stitch, it is the purlside. It's basically the side you're on during the second row of your pattern. Does this make sense?
mascarasnake is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mitered square question and ft clog question PCwombat How-to Questions 1 03-02-2007 07:32 PM
Baby blanket question--QUESTION ADDED brendajos General Knitting 11 01-25-2006 10:58 AM
Flip-Top Mittens question **question added** knitqueen How-to Questions 5 10-31-2005 12:13 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:53 AM.