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I am using circular needles for the first time ... WOW I wish I had bought them sooner. I love these needles ...
I am making an afghan for my boyfriend, which I hope he likes the end result.
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Yes, they're wonderful. I rarely knit in the round, but I use circular needles for all my flat knitting. Much easier to handle unless you're doing something tiny that has to be knit in the round like the crown of a hat. The you go to DPNs. I find 16" circulars too short to be comfortable, but 24 and 32 will do just about anything you need.
 

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galaxycraft said:
Pleasant discoveries are so wonderful aren't they.
I am sure your boyfriend will like it...
It came from you, your heart, and a beautiful product of the fruits of your labor.
Happy knitting! :>)
Thank you for your kind words. :-D
 

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mrsglobe said:
Yes, they're wonderful. I rarely knit in the round, but I use circular needles for all my flat knitting. Much easier to handle unless you're doing something tiny that has to be knit in the round like the crown of a hat. The you go to DPNs. I find 16" circulars too short to be comfortable, but 24 and 32 will do just about anything you need.
I bought 29" circulars, that's the longest I could find. One
pattern I thought I might try called for 36" circulars, but I
haven't found any that size.
I think I will pass on the small hats ... I made a hat for
my daughter and that was a miracle it turned out great :lol:

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Circular needles are great! Use them all the time, like others have said even for flat work.

I do the same...start with circular and then switch to DPN. I find it very easy to do. And, I would agree that the longer cords are easier to use than the short ones.

If you need longer cords, I found using interchangables allow you to lock a few cords together. This allows you to be up to 60" circulars! Love it for afghans, etc.
 

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I have been using only circular needles for my knitting since I was a fairly new knitter...it saves money on buying both circulars and straight needles and I find that not having the long straight needles (up under my arms) is much more relaxing. I use them for all of my knitting both when it calls for straights (just back and forth) and when it calls for the circular needle. Only time I use others are when it calls for double points. I think it saves some money since I don't have to buy both types, but I also appreciate the ease on holding large projects that get heavy, like you mentioned :)
 

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I use circulars for everything, and since I have discovered interchangeables got rid of all my straights, (we have a site called freecycle here in the uk and I just waited till someone asked for knitting pins and gave the lot to a new knitter). I even knit small items that call for dpns since I learned the magic loop method of knitting socks. So most of my DPNS went the same way.
 

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I also LOVE my circulars. I ditched all my straight needles. I even use two sets to do socks on and in doing so can knit a circle down to the fewest amount of stitches you can do in a circle. No more losing one needle between cushions either or banging them on arms of chairs. They are my favorite!
 

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I love my Addi circulars. I have them in different sizes and lengths. I use them for most all my knitting needs.

I don't use Magic Loop for socks...and still use the circulars. Maybe I should look into this style of knitting socks?

But, I'm still a fan of dpns if they're made of rosewood, like those made by Blue Sky Alpaca.
 

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I only use circular needles. I was able to get my grandmothers Boyle Needlemaster when she passed away. I prefer this type of set because it has all the needle sizes I need and you can adjust the length by using anything from the 12 inch to 21 inch cables and coupling them together. There are other kits available. I'm not even sure if this particular kit is even available any longer. I remember my grandmother getting it when I was still a child many, many years ago.
 

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