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Apr 18, 2012 17:23:20   #
MaryCarter (a regular here)
 
Hi everyone

I have googled trying to find a chart of some description, but cannot find one.

I am trying to knit the "over the head baby bib" which tells me the needle size to use, but not the cable length to use. I couldn't get it to join in the round.

Is the rule of thumb, the smaller the garment, the shorter the cable?


Mary
 
Apr 18, 2012 17:57:00   #
Loistec
 
Hi Mary, is this the pattern?

http://knitting.about.com/od/patternsforbabies/ss/stay-on-bib.htm

It says to use a 16" circular needle.

Cute pattern!
Apr 18, 2012 19:17:16   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
 
To answer your question yes. The fewer stitches the shorter the circular needles. When working in the round most of us usually used doublepoints when there were too few stitches to fit on a circular, like when knitting socks or caps, or mittens and etc. Now there is the magic loop method, using one very long circular and another method, which uses 2 shorter circulars, so one can avoid using double pointed needles all together if one wishes. Either method you can find videos of on youtube.com
Apr 18, 2012 19:34:01   #
misszzzzz
 
For circular needles, the minimum number of stitches they will hold is 4X their length.

Therefore, 16" needles will hold a minimum of 72stitches.

Of course the weight of wool is a factor also, but I use this rule for fingering weight and there is little difference for DK weight.

Hope this helps.
Apr 18, 2012 22:16:59   #
MaryCarter (a regular here)
 
Loistec wrote:
Hi Mary, is this the pattern?

http://knitting.about.com/od/patternsforbabies/ss/stay-on-bib.htm

It says to use a 16" circular needle.

Cute pattern!


Thank you, yes that is the pattern, and I cant believe I missed that line which clearly states 16" length.
I had trouble joining the stitches in the round, but that is only because I have not knitted anything in the round for over ten years. I will have another go at it now I know the correct cable length.
Apr 18, 2012 22:18:26   #
MaryCarter (a regular here)
 
Thank you to everyone for your responses.
I will have another go at it now.
 
Apr 18, 2012 22:27:47   #
MaryCarter (a regular here)
 
misszzzzz wrote:
For circular needles, the minimum number of stitches they will hold is 4X their length.

Therefore, 16" needles will hold a minimum of 72stitches.

Of course the weight of wool is a factor also, but I use this rule for fingering weight and there is little difference for DK weight.

Hope this helps.


Maybe that is why I couldn't get it to join in the round because the bib pattern only has 60 stitches cast on.
Apr 19, 2012 02:17:59   #
Dreamweaver (a regular here)
 
If I am having trouble joining, I knit a couple of rows ack and forth and then join... You can use the yarn tail to sew up the little tiny seam needed.
Apr 19, 2012 02:37:48   #
MaryCarter (a regular here)
 
Dreamweaver wrote:
If I am having trouble joining, I knit a couple of rows ack and forth and then join... You can use the yarn tail to sew up the little tiny seam needed.


Thanks Dreamweaver

I did try that, but still couldn't get it to join, after the first two rows..
This weekend when I have more time, I will have another go at it. Baby is due in two weeks, so I better get moving.....
Apr 19, 2012 05:51:37   #
kiwiannie
 
You use double pointed needles until you get enough stites to use your circlar needle.
Apr 19, 2012 06:01:07   #
Granalou
 
I use Dps on the neck piece and continue the bib with just 2 of the DPs with stops on one end to work the bib section. I have made several and have used potholder patterns with charts for reverse stitch pictures ie hearts, or animals on the bib portion.
 
Apr 19, 2012 06:19:32   #
Chase
 
MaryCarter wrote:
Dreamweaver wrote:
If I am having trouble joining, I knit a couple of rows ack and forth and then join... You can use the yarn tail to sew up the little tiny seam needed.


Thanks Dreamweaver

I did try that, but still couldn't get it to join, after the first two rows..
This weekend when I have more time, I will have another go at it. Baby is due in two weeks, so I better get moving.....



I may be the only person who didn't know this, but the cable length apparently includes the length of the needles as well. The measrement, I was told at a yarn shop, goes from needle tip to needle tip...
Apr 19, 2012 07:39:37   #
virg
 
Made this bib turned out beautiful.
Apr 19, 2012 08:14:42   #
sarge409142
 
I have done 3 of these and can't get a join with circulars had to use dpn's, you just can't get it together on circulars.
Apr 19, 2012 08:20:38   #
Catarry (a regular here)
 
I think you mean that circulars will hold a MAXIMUM of 4x their length.
If you're wondering what the minimum number of stitches you can work on a circular, you should start with the dimension of the finished garment. Your circular needle, tip to tip, must be shorter than that to work in the round correctly.
You can see why if you think of your needle as if it were connected at the tips. A 36-inch needle would, of course, make a 36-inch loop. Now imagine the loop as a section of a pipe 36 inches around. You couldn't stretch a sleeve that was 9 inches in diameter over that pipe...or something 35 3/4 inches round for that matter, and that's why your project has to be bigger around than the needle...and why you might be able to start your project on a circular, but if you're working decreases, you will have to change to another method once the diameter drops below the diameter of your circular.
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