Hi, I have a question about using circular needles to knit baby hats. I have knit several baby hats, usually using dpn's. During the last week, I've tried 2 new patterns using worsted weight yarn and both have said to cast on 64 stitches using circular needles, one with a size 6 circ needle and one with a size 7 circ needle. I've tried this using my 16" circ needles and for the life of me, I can't fit 64 stitches on the needles in a way that enables me to connect and knit the stitches (that number of stitches doesn't stretch from one end to the other). Of course I go back to my dpn's but this is a burning question that maybe you can help with - how do you use circs on such a small amount of stitches, or do you?? Is there a circular needle that is less than a "16" (I just use clover bamboo circs)? I think I'm a loose knitter, but I still can't get my stitches across the needles for a baby hat, is there a trick that I don't know (I'm kind of an advanced beginner)? Thank you so much for your help!!
I am curious to see the replies. I am having the same problem. I just pull a loop in the cord to shorten it and it seems to work. I need to get a shorter cord.
32 stitches on each 16 inch needle. Awkward but can be done. Magic loop with a long cable will work. I think the next smaller needle is a 12 inch, you can try,but 64 stitches seems a bit much, altho' I have not tried it.
use traveling loop techniquehttps://www.lavisch.com/site/travelling-loop/
Also, knit the first 2 or 3 rows flat and then join for in the round...
...the tail from the cast on can easily be used to seam that small section... and you would weave it in anyway.
I have done many new born hats on 16" circulars casting on 60 sts. Don't have a problem. The very first row is IS tight, but after that it is smooth going.
I agree with JennyG12. It's tough at first but does work fine. Pulling out the cable makes it easier for the first couple rows.
I have 9" and 12" circulars that I use.
2 circulars, magic loop, travelling loop, Addi Flexiflips will solve problems of not wanting to use dpns
Travel'g loop as suggested by knit4ES is what I do. I simply pull - randomly a loop of circular cable - a few inches - and changing the location of that loop on rounds helps to avoid ladders.
I've made many, many baby hats with 64 stitches and less, using a 16" circular needle and never had a problem. I'm not a loose knitter, but when casting on I do make sure I'm not pulling on the yarn. The very first row may be a tiny bit tighter if the worsted weight yarn I'm using feels slightly thinner than normal.
I have knit the first row on straight needles and then continued with the circulars. I find the first row on the circulars is so tight, makes me clench my teeth. After the first row, it seems so much more pliable or something. This works for me.
I asked a Local Yarn Shop owner that question, many years ago. She said that there are (were) 12-inch-long circular needles, but they can't go down farther than that. The non-flexible parts of the needles have to be a certain length in order to get the job done.
It's not a problem for the life of you, meaning you have tried as hard as you can to stretch those stitches over a 16-inch distance. It just can't be done. Think of 4 stitches on a 16-inch needle. That's impossible, OK, clearly. Then think of 70 sts. Well, that many stitches would connect, but they would be a bit crowded on the needle. That's not a big problem, until the stitches are so crowded that they fall off one end of the needle. So there is a number where a 16-inch needle is too short. It might be a few stitches different from one project to another, depending on how stretchy the yarn is, and tension, and maybe other factors.
So using double point needles is one solution. I've learned to do that. Other people speak with great enthusiasm about the Magic Loop Method and the method of using two circular needles.
Chiagoo has circular needles 9 inche and 12 inch I think the 12 inch would work better. Some yarn stores will let you try them out in store before you buy. Good luck.