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Old 07-12-2008, 07:50 AM   #11
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Definitely circs!! Haven't used dbl pts in years.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:30 AM   #12
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I'm with Knitgal, love the DPNs...then I switch to circulars if the piece is large enough. It takes getting past the "Unruly Hedgehog" stage and somehow your hands and the needles become friends and it works out.
Yeah. . . the first fe rows on DPNs aren't fun, but then it gets going and I love them. I have a set of circs and everytime I start a project with them, I end up frogging it because I just get these big, loose, loopy sts. I hate circs. I don't know why I can't seem to get a good tension with them. It really is a bummer.
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:13 PM   #13
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I have a set of circs and everytime I start a project with them, I end up frogging it because I just get these big, loose, loopy sts. I hate circs. I don't know why I can't seem to get a good tension with them.
That's why I don't like circular needles: loose stitches (I end up frogging my project too).


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Old 07-12-2008, 08:38 PM   #14
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If you mean the loose sts on the cord, there's nothing wrong with that and it doesn't affect your gauge. The cord is smaller than the needles on purpose so the stitches slide easily and you can fit more on than straight needles. It's the needle tips that control the size of the stitch and has nothing to do with the sts on the cord.
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The cord is smaller than the needles on purpose so the stitches slide easily and you can fit more on than straight needles.

Yes, I know . I think I get loose stitches because the circular needle is too long (27'') to knit a hat. So it's hard to reach the point of the needle.


By the way, I just started a project (hat). I'm using DPNs and I like it. But, I should give circular needles a chance.


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Old 07-13-2008, 08:29 AM   #16
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Depends on what I'm knitting. I prefer DPNs for socks, maybe because they're what I learned on. I prefer magic loop for anything else it'll work for. I'm actually doing my first large diameter circular project right now, a seed stitch bag. I'm flying through it-just going round and round w/ no rows makes it go by really quickly.
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:39 AM   #17
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Yes, I know . I think I get loose stitches because the circular needle is too long (27'') to knit a hat. So it's hard to reach the point of the needle.


By the way, I just started a project (hat). I'm using DPNs and I like it. But, I should give circular needles a chance.


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It's important to use the right tool for the project. If you try to use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail, you'll find it very frustrating, but you wouldn't say, "I don't like screwdrivers!"

In knitting, trying to force the wrong needle to work in a project is just as frustrating.

Hats are normally worked on 16", so you are having to stretch your stitches out over 11 extra inches!! Of course that's going to be frustrating!!

So...before you make the final decision on whether or not you like circulars in general, do try a project or two on the proper size and see what you think.
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I also love DPN's for small projects but the circular needles are better for larger projects. Haven't tried ML or two circs.
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As Lisa R says, you need one that's the correct size OR you can use magic loop if the needle is longer than the item you want to knit. Hats are usually about 20-24" so of course 27" is too long. I use 24" to knit hats, but have to sort of ML it until I get a couple inches on the needle, then it works fine until I get to the top where I need to ML again.
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I realize the cable is smaller than the needles so the sts will be loose on the cable, and I am using the right length, but when I am stitching, even on the needles portion, they are just super loose. I am not giving up though. I just need to have patience and get through a few rows and see how it comes out. I'll get there I guess.

I did with DPNs. I used to avoid patterns with them and now I'm using them all the time.
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