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Apr 29, 2011 23:46:31   #
hey this may sound stupid- but im wondering i keep hearing a ton about making blankets on circular needles doesnt it just go in a circle ? how do i make a flat blanket on circular needles?? i normally crochet because im not good at connecting pieces but if i could get this down maybe i could start knitting again please help thanks
Apr 30, 2011 00:22:02   #
TammyK (a regular here)
You just don't join your knitting into a circle. Instead, when you get to the end of a row, turn your work and knit back in the other direction. It's the same as when you use straight needles, except with a circular you have a lot more room for stitches (and so you can fit something big like an afghan without crowding) and the weight of your work rests on the cable in your lap rather than on the needle itself, which can put a big strain on your body.
Apr 30, 2011 11:20:09   #
I knit everything, large and small, on circular needles. That way the needle ends don't bump into stuff, like my chair. And like Tammy said, when you get to the end of the row turn it around and work back.
Apr 30, 2011 11:25:41   #
All you have to remember is that the right side will always be facing you,there is no purl side,I have done this many times as I like the appearance it is not always possible IE the front of a sweater etc.but in a blankie you will have no problem good luck
Apr 30, 2011 11:32:24   #
I love the way circulars take the weight of the yarn off the needles (and your shoulders).
Apr 30, 2011 16:12:09   #
When making swaters I usually do the fronts and sides on circulars and then continue on the rest with separate needlesI haven't used normal needles for years as I like the feel and lightness of circulars.Once you get used to them you will never go back,Good luck
Apr 30, 2011 16:28:42   #
Just a point here. Merren is assuming that you knit in the round if the right side is always facing you. When you knit back and forth on a circular needle, then the knit AND the purl sides will face you as you work.
I will do everything I can to keep from using circs, but that's just me. If I am working on an afghan or tablecloth I will squash the sts as tightly together as possible on straights until I have at least 12 inches of work done before transferring them to circs. That way there will be weight to pull the blanket, afghan or lap cover down, just hate to have to fiddle with it until it can hang down on it's own. Of course some items are just too large to cast on straights and I have to use a circ from the beginning, like a tablecloth.
The best thing for me when using circs is that I can do multiple patterns, colors, or designs all st the same time as I much prefer to make an afghan or whatever in one solid piece and then will knit a separate edging and sew it on. That's my preference.
May 1, 2011 05:12:43   #
just use them as ordinary needles knitting back and forth
May 1, 2011 06:54:29   #
I am using circular needles for the first time. Im about half way through my boyfriends afghan.
All I can say is I wish I had discovered these sooner. I absolutely love them.
Don't give up, you will get the hang of it
May 1, 2011 07:43:31   #
one nice thing about circular needles is that both ends have the same size needle on them. I had a friend that used straight needles all the time and took her knitting to a meeting and found she had two different sizes of straight needles! Not much knitting done that meeting!
May 1, 2011 07:50:27   #
Hi Izzy,
I am a very new member from New Zealand.
To knit a square blanket on circular needles you use two stitch markers in each corner with the corner stitch in the middle of them both then on every second row you increase into the stitch before the 1st marker, move the marker to the right hand needle, knit the corner stitch, move your 2nd marker to the right hand needle then increase into the next stitch. Remember to make the marker at the first stitch of the blanket a different colour so you know where the beginning of the row is.
Hope you can understand these instructons. I have made many blankets like this.
May 1, 2011 07:54:55   #
sheriet wrote:
one nice thing about circular needles is that both ends have the same size needle on them. I had a friend that used straight needles all the time and took her knitting to a meeting and found she had two different sizes of straight needles! Not much knitting done that meeting!

Toooo funny! Sounds like something I'd do :lol:
May 1, 2011 08:16:09   #
christine flo
also circular needles good for people with carpel tunnel as you do not have weight of wool all on one needle.i made lace circular shawl on circular needles
May 1, 2011 08:26:51   #
You just knit as usual, back and forth, but you don't have to hold a big heavy blanket on 12 inches of needle, it all bunches in the plastic part, which can be up to 36 inches. Works great!
May 1, 2011 08:27:33   #
I have not used straight needles for years. For one thing, they always 'hit' the sides of the chair. For another thing, I'm short so I don't have tons of height when I'm sitting and they often 'hit' the cushions of the couch if that's where I'm sitting.

Circulars are awesome because they don't get in the way of anything. I use the interchangeables, so I can have whatever size I need that best suits the project I'm knitting on. I really ought to get rid of all my straight needles....
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