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Old 02-24-2006, 12:48 AM   #1
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two circs and boye needlemaster set
Hi:
I was reading in the general knitting forum that you can use your boye needles as two circs with just one set.....here is what amy said (my question is after):1) Use the "2 circular needles" method, with JUST the needles from your one Interchangeable needle set!

(What's the "2 circular needles" method? See Small Diameter Circular knitting, here.) Obviously you can't make 2 complete sets of circular needles of the same size, because that would require 4 needle tips of the same size, and you only have two in your kit. But what you can do, and this works JUST as well, is put the size needle you want to work with, on in the right hand side of each pair of circular needles. Mis-match the sets with a smaller needle on the left side. Because you're knitting ONTO the right size needle, in both cases, you'll have the correct gauge! The needle your knitting OFF of can be smaller, and it won't affect your gauge! In fact, if you're a tight knitter, this is a good idea anyway!

And then Quietheart posted this part (which I would like the answe to too!):

I have a question about this idea for you folks who have done it.
Because there is a smaller needle on one end, and you slide back and forth, won't you be knitting onto the smaller needles every other time?
Or are you stopping and changing needle ends?
I checked the video and saw that yes, you are working off one needle then the other.
I don't see that every time you are working off the right needle. It is once working off the right needle and next working off smaller needle.
Where am I confused?

Thanks all!

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Old 02-24-2006, 06:50 AM   #2
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Thanks Katy for reposting this

I've been doing this with my Denise's for a few days now. I put one of each size on each cable. So I mismatched the ends. But the sizes are very close, 7 and 8 and it's just for some rustic dolls I am currently addicted to. Works fine for this. But we still need the answer for those times that gauge would be much more important like socks etc.

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Old 02-24-2006, 04:35 PM   #3
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You mismatch the needles such that every time you turn everything around, your correct needle tip is in your right hand. You never have to knit onto the smaller needle.
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Old 02-24-2006, 06:15 PM   #4
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Thanks Yvonne, I suppose I will just have to fiddle with this some more....and what if you are a left handed knitter? Do you then put the correct needle in your left hand?

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You can also buy extra pairs of tips too for the Needlemaster, they're pretty inexpensive. I do that whenever knitting stuff goes on sale for half-price at Hobby Lobby, which makes them about a dollar and change so eventually I'll have almost a duplicate set, except I haven't been able to find size 5!

But I see you're in Canada, so you'll have to check at Lewiscraft or the like.
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Thanks for the tip Kristen!
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Old 02-25-2006, 03:05 AM   #7
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It works because the 2 circular method is for knitting in the round, not knitting flat, therefore you would not be knitting onto the smaller size needle every other row. If you try it you will see that you will always be knitting ONTO the correct sized needle (ie. this will be the one in your right hand).
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Old 02-25-2006, 08:29 AM   #8
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I can see where buying extra ends would be a great solution. But when you work with two circs you work one way, slide it down ,work on the other side, turn and slide the other side back every other "pass". You can see that in Amy's video. That's what spawned the original question.

I've been doing it all week working on some projects. My projects didn't show any noticeble problem, but the needle sizes were close and gauge didn't matter. But you do work off the smaller needles,too.

I knit continental just like the video.

I suppose as long as you do you gauge swatch this way, it would be ok too probably.


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Now I know what you mean. In the video demonstration, Amy did use two different size circs, but they weren't interchangeables. She mentioned that it's not okay to do for real because one side of the knitting will be an entirely different gauge than the other side, as you actually are using only one needle at a time.
To make it work with interchangeables, put for instance a size 4 and size 5 tip on one cable, and the same two different tips on a second cable. Then cast all stitches onto a size 5 (the bigger one) tip. Transfer half of the stitches onto the other needle onto the size 4 (smaller) tip. Slide everything down to the other ends, turn so that the working yarn is coming from the right side. This way, the correct needle tip size (bigger) is always the one you'll pick up to begin knitting, on every pass. You don't knit with the smaller one at all, just off the smaller one.
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No lol That's not what I meant. This is so hard to explain in typing eh? lol

I have the needles mismatched.

Look at the video again, mark in your mind the second "end" of one needle so you watch it.
Every other pass, it gets used.

I know she has two diff needles, that's not what I mean.

When she turns and slides it back, she is then going to be working with the smaller ones every other time.

So either doing it with mismatched ends I need to change something from the way she is doing it on the video, or I am desperately confused lol
Maybe it's in the way you explain to cast on, but from doing it this week I couldn't seem to get the needles to not be the active ones every other pass.

Thanks for trying to help out this poor confused soul! lol

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