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Jan 29, 2018 12:45:37   #
MKDesigner
 
This may seem like a dumb question but ...
Is the measurement of the circ from tip to tip of the actual cord? I always thought the actual cord. But a lady asked me for tip to tip length, on one I was thinking of selling. Steel with sort of braided metal "cord" .Said thats how it should be measured.

I'm having a Senior moment, I guess. Or not enough coffee yet.

Marge
 
Jan 29, 2018 12:47:56   #
chubs (a regular here)
 
tip to tip of needles
Jan 29, 2018 12:48:28   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
chubs wrote:
tip to tip of needles


Jan 29, 2018 12:48:57   #
mirl56
 
always measure tip to tip. Someone might also be interested in knowing how long the 'tips' are, too. But they are sold by measurement of overall length.
Jan 29, 2018 13:19:15   #
MKDesigner
 
Okay, thanks everyone. I don't use circ needles much, and haven't bought any in a long time. Usually borrowed them from my Mom. She was a ripple Afghan maven. ☺ Straight needles or DPNs are my thing (besides my knitting machines, that is).

Marge
Jan 29, 2018 14:29:02   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
It's tip-to-tip because that's useful information.

If you want to make a hat for a child and want a needle that you can do that in the round, without having to use magic loop, you need a needle that's 16 inches long. Knowing how long the cable is won't really help you.

So, they're measured tip-to-tip.
 
Jan 30, 2018 07:49:36   #
damemary (a regular here)
 
chubs wrote:
tip to tip of needles


Jan 30, 2018 08:46:45   #
SouthernGirl
 
tip to tip
Jan 30, 2018 09:42:59   #
Nitting_More
 
I measure tip to tip.

But, you should also be aware that there are different tip lengths for some brands of the interchangeable needle sets. For example, I have a set of 4" tips and a set of 5" tips from ChiaoGoo.

With the 4" tips and one of their 8" cables, it measures 16" tip to tip, but 18.5" with the 5" tips and the same cable.
Jan 30, 2018 11:48:20   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
MKDesigner wrote:
This may seem like a dumb question but ...
Is the measurement of the circ from tip to tip of the actual cord? I always thought the actual cord. But a lady asked me for tip to tip length, on one I was thinking of selling. Steel with sort of braided metal "cord" .Said thats how it should be measured.

I'm having a Senior moment, I guess. Or not enough coffee yet.

Marge


Tip to tip is actual measurement. The only time cord length matters is with interchangeable needles... and the cord is separate.
Jan 30, 2018 21:35:02   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
Nitting_More wrote:
I measure tip to tip.

But, you should also be aware that there are different tip lengths for some brands of the interchangeable needle sets. For example, I have a set of 4" tips and a set of 5" tips from ChiaoGoo.

With the 4" tips and one of their 8" cables, it measures 16" tip to tip, but 18.5" with the 5" tips and the same cable.


Oh yes the tips can make a difference, I have mainly 4" tips....but have a few 5" for a small item it can make a big difference
 
Feb 24, 2018 21:47:10   #
MKDesigner
 
Fascinating info everyone. Thanks.
Marge
Feb 25, 2018 19:51:15   #
Altice (a regular here)
 
I buy the inexpensive Chinese circs on eBay and just measured them tip to tip. These were advertised as 24 inch needles.
The carbonized bamboo are 23 inches. And the steel are 25 1/2 inches.
Feb 26, 2018 00:41:05   #
damemary (a regular here)
 
I believe that the length is not as significant as the diameter of the tips. Am I correct?

Altice wrote:
I buy the inexpensive Chinese circs on eBay and just measured them tip to tip. These were advertised as 24 inch needles.
The carbonized bamboo are 23 inches. And the steel are 25 1/2 inches.
Feb 26, 2018 23:39:43   #
KitKat789
 
MKDesigner wrote:
This may seem like a dumb question but ...
Is the measurement of the circ from tip to tip of the actual cord? I always thought the actual cord. But a lady asked me for tip to tip length, on one I was thinking of selling. Steel with sort of braided metal "cord" .Said thats how it should be measured.

I'm having a Senior moment, I guess. Or not enough coffee yet.

Marge


From tip to tip.
 
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