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Old 10-09-2007, 09:38 PM   #1
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I am very new at knitting and I'm trying to follow a pattern that's asking for me to knit on a 16" circular needle. I am using the boye interchangeables, but no combination of needle and tip works to be 16". The smallest cable is a 12" cable. When I went and put the tips on, it ends up being 19 1/4 inches, as each tip is about 4". What do I do???
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:05 PM   #2
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That is the biggest downfall of the interchangeable sets, in my opinion. You just can't get a circular small enough to comfortably knit hats and other things of that size. You may need to buy a 16" needle, which I know is very frustrating since you've spent all the money on the Boye set.
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you mean buying just one circular needle (not part of a set) that is 16" from tip to tip?
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You can also try the magic loop technique if you don't want to buy new needles. Or sometimes even though a pattern calls for a 16" you can still use a larger circular if the stitches can spread out.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:19 PM   #5
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hmmm. not sure about the magic loop. I know that the cable I have says 16", but it's obviously longer with the needles on it. So, it doesn't matter the length of the cable itself, but the length as a whole? It seems rather confusing...

I don't want to have to buy a circular needle, especially since this pattern calls for me to switch to larger needles after the ribbed waistband... then I'd have to buy two... :(
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Yep, just use a longer cable and use the Magic Loop technique. Works like a charm.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:29 PM   #7
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does anyone have a link on where I could learn more about the magic loop? Is it difficult for a super-newbie?
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Magic loop is on a video in the Advanced Techniques section for small diameter knitting. You would use at least at 30" needle and yes, needle lengths are measured tip to tip. I do a variation that's kind of a half Magic Loop; I only pull out the cable on one side. You'll understand maybe after you see how to do the regular ML. The advantage is that you can use a shorter needle and you don't have to adjust your stitches quite so much. I use 24" ones for hats and they work out okay.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Magic loop is on a video in the Advanced Techniques section for small diameter knitting. You would use at least at 30" needle and yes, needle lengths are measured tip to tip. I do a variation that's kind of a half Magic Loop; I only pull out the cable on one side. You'll understand maybe after you see how to do the regular ML. The advantage is that you can use a shorter needle and you don't have to adjust your stitches quite so much. I use 24" ones for hats and they work out okay.
That's exactly how I finished the top of the hat I just did. Worked great.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:01 PM   #10
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What the "halfaloop" technique? Maybe I should trademark that name.... <g>
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