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Old 10-20-2006, 02:12 PM   #1
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New Knitter Circular Needles Need Your Informed Opinions
I want to knit a cap and 90% of the patterns that I find that I have been looking at call for circular needles. I currently don't have any and was wondering if you all think I should invest in them and if I am pretty comfortable knitting on straight needles do you think it necessary to take a course on how to use the circular needles? And if I start to invest in the circular needles should I continue to buy straight needles or can most things be done on circular needles?

I read that if you are making a large project like an afghan that the circular needles are easier on you physically.

Also the double point needles. Should I be investing in those also?

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Old 10-20-2006, 03:48 PM   #2
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What type of needles do you like the most now? I love Boye needles, so that's the circulars I have. Some people don't like them. I think that Addi's are too slick and don't like them, but I can't stand plastic.

So go with what you like, and yes you can do any project that you can do on straights with circulars. And I would get the double points. It's good to learn.
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:01 PM   #3
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I knit on straights for years, but I don't even bother with them anymore. Everything I knit is done on circulars--flat or in the round. Knitting on circulars is the same as knitting on straights--you don't need special instructions.

You can use magic loop method or two circs to knit small diameters, but being able to use dpns is a good skill. It's easiest to learn if you start a hat on circs and when it gets down to too few stitches for the circular needle you switch to dpns. It allows you to see how they work without the awkward first few rows.

I love Addis for my circs, and if I didn't already have so many, I'd go with the Options set from Knitpicks. I like slick metal needles. For dpns, however, I prefer bamboo.
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:03 PM   #4
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If you go to the general knitting section, you will find lots of discussions about different kinds of needles. As a beginner, I'd consider an interchangeable set instead before buying too many individual pairs of needles. It's a one time investment that will probably save $ in the long run. I use my interchangeables for pretty much everything, even small diameters (I use magic loop instead of DPNs -- Amy has a video on the site). But other people have different preferences, and reading a variety of opinions should give you a feel for what might be right for you. I know it's a lot to wade through, but I did it and it really helped me in my decision-making.

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Old 10-20-2006, 04:29 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I have been watching the videos for the circular and the dpns and I think I understand the concept of the dpns a little more at this point, so I will get some of those and maybe 1 circular and see what happens. Thanks again.
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