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Old 04-15-2010, 05:44 PM   #1
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Found a pattern I want to try soon
http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/bevs-shawl.html

I probably asked this question before, but I forget the answer:

How the heck does 150 stitches fit on a needle, even if it's circular?!?!
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:12 PM   #2
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Well, a circ can hold about 2-3 times as many sts as its length; because the cord is thinner than the needles, the sts will squish together more. So a 29-32" needle can fit about 60" worth of sts on it, even with a bulky yarn. Using size 13s makes about 2-3 sts per inch, so that comes out about right.
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Old 04-15-2010, 06:17 PM   #3
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Moar stupid questions...does the Options interchangeables set I'm getting have the right size needles in it for this project? Also, the type of yarn she suggested x 2 = a little less than my ginormous Bernat Super Value which is 426yards, it's Worsted weight btw.
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:00 PM   #4
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Not stupid questions at all - how else are you going to learn...

I would use 11s with the worsted weight; if you doubled it that would make the sts too dense for the 13s. But a single strand of the SV on 11s would be just about right. Those tips come in the Options set, and I think the cord makes a 32" needle so that works out okay too.
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:27 PM   #5
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Just as a referrence, I have 280 stitches on the circular needles that I'm working on right now. And it's only a 24" circular.
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What's the yarn weight though? I can squish 100 sts of doubled laceweight into about 6 or 8" to feed my left needle, but only about 25 of worsted.
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
What's the yarn weight though? I can squish 100 sts of doubled laceweight into about 6 or 8" to feed my left needle, but only about 25 of worsted.
Of course its fingering weight. I'd never fit 280 stitches of worsted on a 24". My last hat was 102 stitches of worsted weight cotton on a 16"
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