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Old 01-08-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
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size of circular knitting needle
How do you choose what length of circular needle to use for each project? Is there a formula to determine the size ( length of cable from tip of needle to tip of other needle ) of the circular needle you should use for different number of cast on stitches?
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It depends what you're knitting, and if you're knitting in the round, or flat.

Are you following a pattern? Patterns will say what size circ to use.
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If you're knitting in the round, the circ needs to be smaller than the circumference of the item. Unless you're knitting something really small, then you'd use 2 circs or a long one and the Magic Loop method. If you're knitting flat, it needs to be long enough to hold the sts for the item without them being crowded. So for a blanket, you wouldn't use a 16", that's too short, but for ar 36" wide one, you can use a 24-32" one.
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