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Old 02-13-2008, 05:29 PM   #1
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Needle length question
So sometime in my future I'm going to knit this shawl that starts out with 280 sts with sport weight yarn...I've never done something that big so I was wondering if 14" needles will be long enough to cast on 280 sts.
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:39 PM   #2
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For that many stitches I would get a long circular needle...it will keep the heaviness of that many stitches once it gets going good from weighing down on your hands and arms.
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:57 PM   #3
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thanks! Can you recommend a certain length of circulars?
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I'd go with at least a 24" circ for that many stitches, maybe even a 36".
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:14 PM   #5
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I just started a project that required casting on 260 stitches. The 24in cable wasn't quite long enough and got really crowded really fast. I had to switch to a longer cable. If you're going to buy a circ for the project I would go longer rather than shorter or you'll get frustrated with all the crowding. HTH! Good luck with your shawl!
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30-32" would probably be a good size.
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My mom knits afghans with 200+ CO. She uses 36" circs.
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