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Old 10-29-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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2 circular needles vs 3 DPNs+Waste yarn?
Does knitting with 2 circular needles on the round result in the same knitting as knitting with 3 double-pointed needles on the round? I want to begin working on a pattern that requires 2 circular needles. However, don't you obtain the same results with 3 DPNs? (I want to know if it's absolutely neccesary to get other circular needles, or if the pattern can be adapted to DPNs. I find circular needles stressing, since the cable is just too long.)

Also, what does it mean to "place stitches on waste yarn"? From what I understand, the stitches "placed on waste yarn" remain unactive for a few rows, and then they are picked up later. How do I "place stitches on waste yarn"?

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Yes, you can use one or a combination of dpns (you need 4 or 5 though), one circular or 2 circs to knit in the round. To put sts on scrap yarn, many people thread the yarn through the sts with a tapestry needle.
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Yes, you can use DPNs in place of 2 circular needles. You may need to rethink some of what they are saying in the pattern, but they produce the same thing.

To put stitches on waste yarn thread a yarn needle with yarn, preferably something smooth and lighter weight, and go through the stitches. They can be taken off the needles at this point.

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

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