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Old 01-16-2008, 11:03 AM   #1
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Decreasing with Circular Needles
I just finished my first hat on circular needles - all in all, it came out okay although it's a little shorter than I had hoped. Still a success.

I had a lot of problems doing the decrease on circular needles - is it typical to struggle through the last few rows or was my cable too long if this happened to me?

I CO 90 stitches and worked my way down to ten - I am not sure off the top of my head how long the cable was, but what would you suggest for a good length?

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Old 01-16-2008, 11:08 AM   #2
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When your stitch number gets to be less than the length of the circular, it is harder to do. You can use Magic loop, (or a half ML where you only loop on the right needle) or use 2 circs or dpns to finish.
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I always work the last few rows with dpn.
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Yup, as the others have said, most times as you decrease the number of stitches it just gets too hard to stretch the remaining ones along your cable. I like to transfer to dpns, but that's just my preference. As Sue posted you can also do magic loop or work with two circulars to get the same result.
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Thanks for the input - I don't have dpn's yet...I guess it's time to graduate to those!

I enjoyed working with the circular needles, though...seems to go faster!
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