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Old 12-30-2005, 07:06 AM   #1
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12 inch circulars
What can you make using 12 inch circular needles? Could you make mittens? Just wondering.

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Old 12-30-2005, 07:34 AM   #2
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You might be able to make the main part of the mitten, but you would have to use DPNs or magic loop or 2 circ method at some point.

I use my 12" US8 for tubular scarves.
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Old 12-30-2005, 07:58 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by aprildavis99
You might be able to make the main part of the mitten, but you would have to use DPNs or magic loop or 2 circ method at some point.

I use my 12" US8 for tubular scarves.
Thanks, I was just trying to get out of using DPNs--do you know if there are shorter cables than 12"? I've tried the 2 circ method, but so far, have not tried magic loop. I wonder which method is easier? I do not like DPN knitting (guess I'm not used to it).

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Old 12-30-2005, 09:27 AM   #4
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I've made hats and legwarmers with the 12 inch circs. I don't like DPNs either, so these were a decent alternative. Geez, I don't know if there's a shorter cable that 12 inches :thinking:
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apparently there is one place that has 8 inch circs but i don't remember who has them. the thing that you have to remember is in order to make them circ you have to have enough cable to bend into that circle. and with an 8 inch that means you couldn't have more than like 2 inches in tip to work with. DPNs would be waaaaay less of a pain......or any of the other small diameter methods for that matter.
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Old 12-30-2005, 10:33 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by brendajos
apparently there is one place that has 8 inch circs but i don't remember who has them. the thing that you have to remember is in order to make them circ you have to have enough cable to bend into that circle. and with an 8 inch that means you couldn't have more than like 2 inches in tip to work with. DPNs would be waaaaay less of a pain......or any of the other small diameter methods for that matter.

Wouldn't it be nice if someone could invent a very small cable for those of us who don't like DPNs--like maybe a 4" or 2". I don't know if this would work, but sounds good. Still might not work.

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yeah but you would also have to invent someone else to use it for me because i can not imagine how unpleasant it would be to try to bend it and knit with it at the same time. i am not a huge fan of DPNs either but i have found that the most trouble i have had with them was when i was using sets that were too long for the project i was working on. i haven't had occasion to try the Magic loop or two circ method yet but i will with the next project i have that is small diameter! :D
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:08 AM   #8
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yeah but you would also have to invent someone else to use it for me because i can not imagine how unpleasant it would be to try to bend it and knit with it at the same time. i am not a huge fan of DPNs either but i have found that the most trouble i have had with them was when i was using sets that were too long for the project i was working on. i haven't had occasion to try the Magic loop or two circ method yet but i will with the next project i have that is small diameter! :D
My next project just might be mittens on DPNs (maybe). But, then, I might try this on circs--just thinking.

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I think 12" would be too big for mittens, but good for sleeves, hats, scarves, or small bags. I just bought a Susan Bates size 10 11.5" circular (the gal at the craft store said they aren't even made any more) and knit up some Lion Brand Landscapes (superbulky) on it to make a small bag, and I could EASILY fit my entire arm through it, I think I had CO 36. I had started a hat for it for my baby girl on them, but could tell it was going to be way too big, but that was more a gauge issue than anything since they're size 10 and think the yarn recommended a size 8. They would work for bigger kids hats though I think.
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I was at Ram Wools today and I was going to pick up a 12" addi to make mini-HP scarves for my two youngest. Even the lady working there suggested that I use dpns for it. For something like a scarf, I was worried about ladders, which is why I wanted the circ. I took the needle out of the package, and it would have been difficult to use with the worsted weight yarn I have. Perhaps if I had sport or DK yarn I would be willing to try, but it just seemed like too little needle and too much hassle.
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