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Old 07-14-2006, 03:10 PM   #1
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Question About Circular Needles
OK, I'm loving my new bamboo circs but have a question about knitting NOT in the round with them. How do I not join the ends--do I have to have 2 sets of these to accomplish that? Thanks.
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when you get to the end of the row just turn the work like you would with straights and start again.
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Old 07-14-2006, 03:18 PM   #3
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When you start in the round, you have your stitches going all the way around the circular and the working yarn will be coming from the first stitch on the needle tip in your right hand. So when you work your first stitch on the left hand needle, using the working yarn that is coming from the right hand needle, this is what produces the join in circular knitting.

If using circulars to knit flat, you start off with ALL of your stitches on the needle tip in your left hand (not literally, because of course it is still joined by the cord), pick up the other needle tip with your right hand and start working the stitches. Your working yarn in this case will start out attached to the first stitch on the needle held in your left hand.

Like brendajos said, once you get to the end of your stitches, you turn the work around and pick up the opposite needle tip and begin your next row.

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Thanks! I might be in danger of becoming one of those circular-needle-only knitters . . . Nah, I'll probably find an excuse to buy some bamboo straights as well.
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It's not a danger!! There's nothing wrong with being a circs only knitter, then you can use the same needles for flat knitting and circular knitting, it's the best of both worlds!
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Old 07-14-2006, 08:09 PM   #6
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Definitely! I never use straights anymore! Well, except for dpns, but they don't really count.
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I, too, am a mostly circ-knitter. I usually only have to fish out a dpn when I have something on my circ the wrong way! I like knitting 2 socks on 2 circs and sometimes things can get wonky.

The pair I'm doing now is coming out great on a 40" inch circ using Magic Loop!
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If you have the problem of accidentally going to far on your stitches and accidentally joining your knitting in the round, then place a stitch marker at the last stitch or just before to warn you that the end is near and remind you to turn.
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