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Old 01-24-2009, 09:34 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by AshleyP View Post
Maybe someone can direct me to another thread for this...?

I stumbled across a comment a few days ago about what length circular needles you need for certain projects, but of course can't find it. What I'm wondering is : does the length of the cable have to be exactly the same as the circumference of what you're knitting?
Actually, for knitting in the round, the total length of the needle should be shorter than the total circumference of the knitting. You don't want the stitches spread out tightly. You can bunch quite a few stitches on a shorter circ and the knitting is better for it.
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Old 01-24-2009, 01:05 PM   #12
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Thanks Ingrid! That's what I thought, I just couldn't wrap my head around it on my own...
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:24 AM   #13
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Just a quick note - you actually can knit tin the round using straight needles - I'm doing it at the moment. You just need at least 4 needles and you divide your stitches up between all but one of them and knit with the remaining one. It's not as awkward as it sounds (except when you're casting on, which is a bit of a pain). Round needles (which I've never avtually used) are presumably fine when you're knitting a tube (e.g. socks or a seamless top) but I understand they're a bit of a nightmare if you're knitting a flat circle (e.g. a table cloth) because as your knitting grows you have to constantly swap to a slightly larger (longer) set of needles.

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