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Sep 15, 2019 19:16:34   #
vdriggers
 
Regarding knitting using circular needles. I have a real problem getting an nice even knitting stitch with circular; however I get a very nice even stitch when I use straight needles. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, do you have any hints? Because of problems with my hands I would prefer to use circular needles, but the result is really sloppy.
 
Sep 15, 2019 19:32:26   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
I don't know which needles you are using but I like circulars with long tips. The vintage ones I prefer to use are very like straight needles attached with a cord.
Sep 15, 2019 20:10:18   #
checht
 
Are your circulars the same material as your straights? Do you have enough stitches spread around the needle? Too many for that size? Perhaps you can play around with different materials and see if you get better tension with wood/ bamboo versus metal, plastic, etc

Another thing to consider is the length of the needle. Are you using a four or five inch needle? It could be you hold the straight needle more firmly than the shorter circulars
Sep 15, 2019 20:28:52   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
Lots of practice, and like MMWRay mentioned, use longer tips if they are available.
Sep 15, 2019 20:53:50   #
vdriggers
 
Thank you
Sep 15, 2019 20:54:32   #
vdriggers
 
Thank you
 
Sep 15, 2019 20:55:29   #
vdriggers
 
Thank you. I will try longer needles.
Sep 15, 2019 21:27:31   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
You might consider the chaiogoo Red Lace circulars. Just a single 30-36 inch Tip-to-tip.

They are pricey I know...but easier on the hand.

Choose the US 2.5 or larger mm size. I don’t think you want to reintroduce yourself to finer sizes until you get a better fit.
Sep 15, 2019 22:02:31   #
klrober
 
I don't think you want to buy pricey needles till you figure out your tension problems first....I would try longer needles & then the different materials.....and it does take some practice & time too.
Sep 15, 2019 23:27:55   #
vdriggers
 
Thank you for the advice.
Sep 15, 2019 23:42:52   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
I based my initial response because the Red Lace circular cable doesn’t fight you when you knit. It does not kink like the cheaper metal cable circular needles.
 
Sep 16, 2019 07:58:39   #
marciawm
 
does blocking resolve the issue?
Sep 16, 2019 08:21:05   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
marciawm wrote:
does blocking resolve the issue?


It depends on where the situation is at. I read on another topic that some stitching problems happen after a cable section. That one seemed to be corrected by blocking.

I will let more experienced knitters answer (but follow reading for some answers I might have).
Sep 16, 2019 08:36:16   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
vdriggers wrote:
Regarding knitting using circular needles. I have a real problem getting an nice even knitting stitch with circular; however I get a very nice even stitch when I use straight needles. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, do you have any hints? Because of problems with my hands I would prefer to use circular needles, but the result is really sloppy.


I have not used straight needles in more years I can count. My circular needles are ChiaoGoo Lace Tip fixed and Interchangeable needles with 5" tips. I simply can not comfortably use anything shorter. Perhapse the length of your tips is part of your problem. Another issue could be the material of your needles...wood and bamboo both tend to be a bit "grabby" while metal tend to be more slippery. Square needles cause a different gauge for some folks, that tends to be a little tighter.
Sep 16, 2019 09:00:31   #
jmcret05 (a regular here)
 
You might consider what method you use. It may be just that the tension is less controlled on circulars. The size of the stitch is determined by the needle size and does not change when it gets to the cable. If you are a thrower, then you may not be getting as good a grip on the working yarn each time. The longer needle tips should help. Would Portuguese style provide better tension for you.

You will probably have to experiment to find out what exactly causes your stitches to be different. There are also knitting gloves that may help your hand problem. https://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knitting-Tutorials/Knitting-Tension-Problems
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