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Old 09-07-2007, 08:17 AM   #11
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i'd go with 32" for ML. you really can't go wrong with the options set. and i prefer to knit socks on us size 0 or 1. so i would get 32" or longer in the fixed circular from knitpicks if you can. if you can get your options set locally, but not the circs, i would help you if you want to ship them to me, and then i could post them to you. i've done that for a friend in china with other stuff before. and someone else here also offered the same thing.

on another board i frequent, they call me the enabler. plus, i don't think ANYONE should be denied access to these wonderful needles!
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Old 09-08-2007, 07:41 PM   #12
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Thanks Dakatzmeow, I am still wondering... I have been reading a lot about sock-making, haven't actually got around to making a sock yet (no needles yet!) but when you are doing them on circular instead of dpns, what do you do when you get to the bit where you let two of the needles drop and continue knitting with the others? The heel? I have borrowed a lovely sock book from the library in the shape of a sock, can't remember the name now, but I'm itching to try some!
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when using 2 circs, one needle holds the stitches of dpn 1 and 2. and the other one holds teh stitchs of dpn 3 and 4. so if the heel stitches are made back and forth on dpn 3 and 4, you'd work with circ 2 and let circ 1 dangle, just as if you were letting dpn 1 and 2 dangle.

clear as mud? keep asking questions. you'll get there.
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Old 09-08-2007, 09:24 PM   #14
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I'm a bit late, but here's a basic list of supplies for the beginning knitter. This is really all you'll need throughout your knitting life, other than a few little implements and needle replacements here and there.

-16" and 24" circular needles in sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 10.5

-Double Pointed needles in the same sizes, or use 2 circular needles.

-Stitch markers (or loops of contrasting wool)

-Stitch holders (or extra lengths of contrasting wool)

-A bag to carry your knitting around.
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Old 09-09-2007, 12:10 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by dakatzmeow View Post
when using 2 circs, one needle holds the stitches of dpn 1 and 2. and the other one holds teh stitchs of dpn 3 and 4. so if the heel stitches are made back and forth on dpn 3 and 4, you'd work with circ 2 and let circ 1 dangle, just as if you were letting dpn 1 and 2 dangle.

clear as mud? keep asking questions. you'll get there.
But, but.... if you are working with one of the circulars and letting the other dangle, what do you have left to knit with?
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I'm a bit late, but here's a basic list of supplies for the beginning knitter.
Thank you, I will start collecting!
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:12 AM   #17
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You would actually let the stitches you don't use just sit there, while you worked with the other stitches on both needle tips.
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you've got 2 circs. with two needle tips, one on each end. so while one circ dangles, you have the other circ, with two needle tips, holding the stitches you are going to knit. use the two needle tips on the circ holding your current stitches to work those stitches.
yes?
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you've got 2 circs. with two needle tips, one on each end. so while one circ dangles, you have the other circ, with two needle tips, holding the stitches you are going to knit. use the two needle tips on the circ holding your current stitches to work those stitches.
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Thanks for clarifying. So, how is it easier to knit socks on circulars than dpns?
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with dpn's, you will have 3 or 4 intersections per round. intersections, meaning when you have to switch to the other needle. so if you have, making up a number, 100 rounds per sock, then with 2 circs, you'd have 200 intersections. with 3 dpn's, you'd have 300. with 4 dpn's, you'd have 400. so with 2 circs, you have significantly fewer intersections and therefore chances of dropping stitches and having ladders. does that make sense?
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