Originally Posted by knitqueen
Yeah, sorry for beating this to death, but....
My point is that you've got your 2x4" needle points plus 8" of cord, that doesn't leave much (if any) leeway for being able to maneuver the needles. I know that 16" is a common length for a circular, but the needles points are shorter to allow for enough flexibility to knit. I even have trouble (or at least have to modify my knitting style) with the 12" cable + 2x4" needle points = 20" circular needle.
Hmmmm, I have the Boye interchangeable set and all the needle points in the set have the same length......4". I have not bought any ready made sets, so I do not know if they come in different point lengths depending on the size of the cable that is attached permanently to it. Either way, maybe that is why I have not had a problem. Meaning I just adjusted my knitting to the 4" points.
This is a guess on my part, but if we are both talking about the interchangeable set, could it be that when you are making up what the pattern calls for....say a 16" circular.....which is measured point to point, that you are not using a 16" cable and then with the length of the two points (8 more inches) you would actually be working on a 24" circular and not the 16" that the pattern suggested? The reason I ask this is because that was exactly what I had done and then could not figure out why my stitches were not reaching to the other end....finally figured out what I was doing wrong.
I feel like I am being really dense here (which I have been known to be) in not answering your question properly. I am really unsure if we are talking about the same thing.
Arlene from Indiana