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Old 02-08-2006, 03:01 AM   #1
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How many knitting needles do you own?
I'm new knitter, I wonder....
How many needles do you have (are you beginner/advanced knitter)?

The thing is, when I read about gauge, it says 'change needles to obtain gauge'... it makes me wonder 'wow, then we knitters have to own almost every needles possible'. Except that around my area there arent many craft shops, and the needles arent that cheap. If I have to buy new needles size everytime I find a pattern I like... whoa, no way.

Do you have any tips? Maybe you substitute the yarn, or you figure your own gauge, or something like that? I'm new to knitting so... forgive me for asking obvious questions :P

How many needles do you think knitters should have?
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Old 02-08-2006, 07:05 AM   #2
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Old 02-08-2006, 07:31 AM   #3
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That's one of the best reasons to get an interchangeable set like the Denise's or Boye's. I rarely get the same gauge as the designer so having the the Denise set has be invaluable to me. There's a whole thread on the pros and cons of each set.

As for your question, I've been a knitter since May 2005 and I have a both a Denise set, a Boye set that I hate, and 6 Addi Turbo's ranging in sizes US 000 to 4.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:04 AM   #4
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Here's what I have.

I have straights, sizes 3, 6, 8, 10, and 19
DPN's: sizes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10.5
circs: (multiples of each) 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10.5, 13
and I have a set of denise interchangables.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:34 AM   #5
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You are going to sadly limit yourself if you limit your needle collection. Do it a little bit at a time....they are purchases you will only have to make once! Its an investment!

I have two sets of Denise Interchangeables
Several circs in sz 2-4
DPNs in 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13.

Im waiting for my LYS to get sz 4 & 8 DPNs in, and then my collection will be complete! And then Ill RULE THE WORLD!!! BWAA HA HA HAAAAAAA!
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:42 AM   #6
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The last time I counted I think I had over 65 circs. I've gotten more Addis' since then, though, because I don't want to knit with anything else.
As Kelly said, I consider them a one-time investment--they will last me for years and years, and I never have to wait because I don't have the right needle size. I also have straights in every size, but don't use them too often. I have dpns, but I don't use them that often either--I generally use two circs when I can--but I probably have most of the smaller sizes, anyway.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:54 AM   #7
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I have the Boye Needlemaster set and about 6 or 8 different sizes/lengths of straights. I have a couple of sets of dpns but don't use them regularly. I own one cable needle.

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Old 02-08-2006, 10:26 AM   #8
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I made a chart on the computer (is that geeky or what?) of all the needles I have. I carry it with me so I can fill in the gaps whenever I have a coupon or there's a sale. The problem for me is that the chain stores (Michael's, Joann's Walmart) around here don't carry double pointeds or circulars or if they do they don't have the smaller sizes. I love having lots of needles because then I can start a project anytime without having to wait and go to the store!
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I started in Dec 2004, and have acquired quite a stash:

Various straights in bamboo and metal
Various dpns in wood and acrylic? (bryson)
Denise set
Boyes set (which I also don't like)
A few Addi's.

My biggest suggestion is: EBAY! Many of my needles came from Ebay - alot of times there will be huge lots of needles sold.

Also make use of your Joann's and Michael's 50% off coupons.

Unfortunately these are the tools of the trade - you gotta have them in all different sizes, and often in multiples of the same size.
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Old 02-08-2006, 11:45 AM   #10
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I started knitting in November and am having lots of fun! I picked up a ton of knitting needles (mostly straight ones) at Deseret Industries (like Goodwill). They were in great condition, cost about .35 per pair and now I have every size. It has helped me experiement with various needle sizes, yarns and stitch patterns to see what happens to the final fabric. I've made about 5 hats and 15 scarves and lots of swatches (I like to experiement) since November. I kind of want to make a sweater now and have also been experimenting with Iris Schirer's (sp?) modular knitting. I have also been adding Addi Turbos to my needle collection abiet slowly! I also learned to knit from this site. Everyone laughed when I sat in front of the computer with the needles and yarn and watched how to cast on over and over to figure it out. It was a great way to learn to knit because it doesn't make you feel as dumb as having to ask a person to show you the same thing over and over and it's available 24/7! I love this web site.
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