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Old 05-30-2005, 08:48 PM   #1
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Denise circular question
I may be having one of those moments, but I'm using a pattern calling for size 13, 24" circulars and initial instructions are to cast on 68 stitches and join in the round...I've done this many times, but seem to have this problem every time: I cast on the 68 stitches and when I go to join, the cable is too long for me to "join" the round...does this make sense to any of you?! Should I switch to a shorter cable? I had this problem when making the hats and switched to a shorter cable, but this is a purse pattern, so would rather not be required to froggit too many times

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Old 05-30-2005, 09:24 PM   #2
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Yep, I'd change to a shorter cable if it truly is too long for you to join. If you stick w/ a cable that's too long, you run the risk of stretching your knitting and tampering w/ your gauge. What pattern are you using? Is it online? It surprises me that the pattern calls for a cable too long. What are the finished measurements? 24" or so by change? :thinking:

You also have to take into account the the first couple rows in the round can be a bit stiff even on the right length cable. :thinking:
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Also make sure you're measuring the length including the needle tips.
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:41 PM   #4
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I measured the needle w/cable and it measures 24 inches...tip to tip...this is the correct way to measure, right? The pattern is the Not So Vintage Bubble Bag from the book Pursenalities. Here's a photo of my dilemma!
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Yeah ... that is awefully long. :thinking: Well ... you can switch to shorter length and then change to longer IF NEEDED.

Just a thought.
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Old 05-30-2005, 11:13 PM   #6
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Ooh, I have that book. The only other thing I can think of that would affect that is that it says to use 2 strands together, and it looks like you're doing that, so I guess just use a shorter needle!

Have you done any of the other bags from that book? They all look so pretty, but I haven't done any yet.
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Actually, I am using Cascade Pastaza at the lys owner's suggestion and she told me that I could use 1 strand of this yarn rather than the 2 strands of Cascade 220. I purchased 2 skeins (132 yards each) and a skein of novelty yarn, which I had planned to use for the top part of the bag. I am questioning whether I can get by with only using 1 strand, but feel she probably knows more about it that me :thinking:

I haven't made any of the purses from the book but there are some lovely bags in it. Will switching to a shorter cable have any effect on the diameter of the bag? I also wonder if I should change the needle size with only using 1 strand...or maybe I should opt for a smaller bag just to make sure I don't run out of yarn!!

I had this post from Hilde awhile back concerning Pastaza:
Okay here's infor for pastaza
Chunky-weight 50% llama/50% Peruvian highland wool
132 yard / 3.5oz. (100 gram) skeins
4 sts = 1" on 9 US needles (5.5mm)

and for 220:
100% 4-ply worsted-weight wool
220 yards / 100g skeins
20 sts = 4" or 10cm on 7 US needles


Soooooo.... just so it looks even:
20 stitches of the pastaza = 5 inches
20 stitches of the 220 = 4 inches

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I think Brooke had the same prob when she cast on for her first piece in the round....she said it worked itself out. Can we see what it looks like when you try to stretch the work around the needle?
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This is using the size 13 needles and they measure (with the cable) about 20 1/2 inches tip to tip, which is shorter than the 24" called for in the pattern!
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OH WOW! It HAD looked to me in your first pic like it was unstretched. INSERT FOOT IN MOUTH, KELLY! I would try a shorter cable....
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