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Old 05-14-2009, 02:44 PM   #21
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Quick question. I'm curious about the size 50's. Would you need a circular needle (if they even make them in that size!) to make a throw or afghan? I found this link for the straights:

http://www.lionbrand.com/6030/PictPage/1922238557.html

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Old 05-14-2009, 02:48 PM   #22
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It would be much easier on a circ, and I think they are made that size.
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Old 05-14-2009, 06:38 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by TooCircular View Post
Quick question. I'm curious about the size 50's. Would you need a circular needle (if they even make them in that size!) to make a throw or afghan? I found this link for the straights:

http://www.lionbrand.com/6030/PictPage/1922238557.html

Thanks for your help,

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IDon't know if they are made in circs. But you CO 35 and they fit exactly on the needles. That's 1 reason I prefer Lion brand 50s, the are just a bit longer that Boye, they feel better in my hands, too.
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:23 PM   #24
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I am with the minority. I hate to knit with Homespun but it does turn out some nice finished projects. My first FO was a poncho in it and my dad wanted a chullo. I had the pattern in Homespun and couldn't figure out an adequate sub so I just bit the bullet and did FAIR ISLE with it! Whew! Was that ever tough but my dad loves his chullo!

I actually don't like knitting with that boucle kind of yarn that is wrapped with the tiny string in the middle like Homespun or Bernat Bamboo.

I hate to admit it but I just bought two more skeins for a shawl that I am going to make as a prayer shawl for my neighbor who just lost her husband last week.

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60301.html?noImages=

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I used it a lot in the Prayer Shawl Ministry. I crocheted mine on bigger needles and it turned out nice--also washed up nice. I haven't ever tried it for anything else, but can imagine it would be difficult.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:42 PM   #26
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What a cool thing.. prayer shawls. I googled it b/c I wasn't sure what they were all about.
Such a thoughtful gift!

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Old 05-16-2009, 05:52 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by rosefields View Post
ummm, NO! you are not the only person who has problems with Lion Brand Homespun
If you have the time and energy...do a search..

personally, I find it a lot easier to crochet with, if I had to use if for something..
For me, it's terrible! I totally agree with you, rosefields! However, crocheting was no easier.
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Big needles/hooks, loose tension.
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Big needles/hooks, loose tension.
I finally got around to trying it with the bigger needles/loose tension and was so surprised to discover that it did make a difference. I'm thinking though, two or more strands held together would be better with the bigger needles b/c the work looked a little, well, holey. Maybe we should upgrade it to "Homestunned"! ... Nah.


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Originally Posted by TooCircular View Post
I've never used Size 50 knitting needles. But, YIKES they look big!!
Also googled the 6-hour throw pattern:

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/60536.html

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After looking at the 6-hour afghan pattern, I had to see if I liked the look with the speed stix...but, the largest I have is 35s. So, I took 2 strands (different colors) of my Homespun, cast on a dozen stitches and made a little swatch. Wow...really soft...it'll make a great cuddle.

It's pretty "holey" with the 35s, I think the size 50s would be bigger than I'd like. But, I may just make it on the 35s; maybe with 3 or 4 strands, though. That should make them less "holey"...right?
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