View Poll Results: Do you use straight or circular needles for straight knitting?
Straight 5 8.47%
Circular 27 45.76%
I use either method depending on the situation. 26 44.07%
I never heard/thought of doing it that way. 1 1.69%
Other 0 0%
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Old 01-24-2006, 02:55 PM   #11
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I will use circulars over straights every time. If I HAVE to use straights for some reason, I will, but only after a decent amount of whining has been done.

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Old 01-24-2006, 03:02 PM   #12
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I read that circs were easier for traveling and they surely are. With straights I had to sit just right in the truck. But the first time I used circs I remember thinking "I wanna go home and get my straights." But I didnt, I got used to them real quick and now I could never go back. My ten year old dd loves straights so I've kept them around. I wouldnt buy another pair.

Circs also distribute the weight better on my hands. I never ever have sore hands with circs. And you can't loose one needle! I love that! And they rarely get bent or broken. Cause they are too short.


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Old 01-24-2006, 03:06 PM   #13
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I only have one pair of straights and I don't ever use them. I don't own any DPNs either. I use circs for everything because I'm in a wheelchair and the straights always hit my armrests. Plus if I drop a needle there might not be anyone around to pick it up on me and that just sucks. Besides Denise's and Addi Turbos are the best needles ever, IMO, and they don't come in straights. Isn't that reason enough to convert to circs for all knitting not just for flat?
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Old 01-24-2006, 04:55 PM   #14
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I have a few pairs of short straights that I like to use for narrow projects. But I like circs for most projects.
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Old 01-24-2006, 05:27 PM   #15
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I haven't used straights since I got my Needlemaster set. They're so much easier on my wrists than using straights, and with two parents who have carpal tunnel I don't need any more encouragement than that.
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:58 PM   #16
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Because I love Addis so much, I almost always use them for everything. The only exception is if I'm making something really small, or I need a needle that's pointer than the Addi.
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:29 PM   #17
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If the pattern doesn't call for dpns, then I use circs. They're so much easier to knit with for several reasons: they don't require much space on each side of me, the position of the knitting on the needle (towards the lap rather than hanging out to the side) is comfy, and my hands don't hurt as much when I use them.
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:41 PM   #18
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Most of the time I prefer using my circs. I have found that even the weight of a dishcloth nearing completion can drag down the side of a straight, a problem I never have with my circs. I also like how you can never lose "one needle" since they are attached. I just need to come up with a good storage plan other than the ziplock bags they come in that kinks the cord back up after I've unkinked it.
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:46 PM   #19
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Find a way to clip one end to a clothes hanger, or find something to drape them over.

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Old 01-24-2006, 09:20 PM   #20
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try this for storing your circs! (of course order it by clicking through this site! )
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