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Paulaque 02-17-2013 12:37 AM

question on circular needles
when it says 16" circular needles is this the total length or just the length of the cord?

Jan in CA 02-17-2013 12:40 AM

Circular needles are measured from needle tip to needle tip.

Paulaque 02-17-2013 01:34 AM

well, to make the circulars I have, which are bamboo and plastic tubing, 16" I will have no way to knit with them, so changing the pattern from an in the round to a flat knit.

Jan in CA 02-17-2013 02:33 AM

Why would you have no way to knit a with them?

salmonmac 02-17-2013 08:30 AM

Are these interchangeable needles with very long needles? You could go to a much longer cable and use magic loop or two circulars.

suzeeq 02-17-2013 10:37 AM

If you mean your needles are longer than 16", there's a couple ways to 'shorten' them without cutting them. Use Magic loop, shown on the Advanced Techniques page, or single loop. You pull out the cord between stitches to make a loop and the stitches fit around the needle then.

Paulaque 02-18-2013 02:03 PM

No, the needles themselves are bamboo, with plastic tubing that can be cut to any length, the problem is the needles are themselves 6 inches long, so with 16 inches, that leaves a four inch long tubing length, which is not enough to get the needles together to actually knit with them, so I just converted the pattern to flat knitting and used my regular aluminum needles.

salmonmac 02-18-2013 03:00 PM

When you feel like trying something new, try magic loop or one of the other techniques for small diameter circular knitting. They really are a lot of fun and sure beat having to convert patterns to the flat and then seam!

GrumpyGramma 02-18-2013 03:50 PM

Are you making your own circs? I remember that someone was but don't recall who. Maybe you?

Paulaque 02-18-2013 05:29 PM

not entirely, I buy the needle parts from ebay, then use the correct length of plastic tubing, so in a way yes, and in a way no, lol

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