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I finally am gathering my courage to start an afghan on circular needles. I started the stitches, and have a very basic question maybe a stupid question. after doing the stitches and move them to the cord part, the size of the cord is much smaller than the metal part of the circular needles. how do I move the stitches back to the metal part and what happens to the size of the stitches.

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Nothing happens. The stitches stay the same size as when you made them on the needles. When they get back on the needles they will be the same correct size as when you made them. The cord between the needles is just a holding place for all the extra stitches. It doesn't do anything to the stitches but just hold them. Don't be afraid to use the circular needles. They are great!
 

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(((((((( Are you saying you started the CO's on single points and not on the called for needles in your pattern = circulars? Move them to the cord part.......hmmm.

If you CO with the circular, there is no moving; They're there. If your cord is shorter than the needle tips, will you have enough length in the chosen circular needle (length) size?

What size is your afghan in inches wide? The length doesn't matter......

Working flat rows on a circular is no different than using two single points + you have the gain of circulars coming with long enough cords to hold a full size 'ghan, the weight bearing is now found and easier on one's shoulders as the 'ghan gains length. See more notes below in ((((((( ))))))))).

pharoette said:
I finally am gathering my courage to start an afghan on circular needles. I started the stitches, and have a very basic question maybe a stupid question. after doing the stitches and move them to the cord part, (((((((( Are you on single points making CO's but not on your circulars? If so, why? CO's should be done on the needle called for in the pattern = Circulars and it's no different than on SP/s. )))))))))

the size of the cord is much smaller than the metal part of the circular needles. (((((((((( You'll be doing flat, row work for a 'ghan and the pattern will tell you the length of the needle + size. Depending on the size of you 'ghan, longer circulars cords are available in all lengths and sizes; Measure from tip to tip. )))))))))))

how do I move the stitches back to the metal part ((((((((((( If you're knitting on single points, just grab the circular called for in the pattern, it must match your SP size if that's what you did; Just pretend the the circular IS a SP and knit the sts off. )))))))

what happens to the size of the stitches. ((((((((( If you're using the same size single points and circular, the size won't change; Make sure they match.

Your stitching size won't change unless your tension guage changes and it's possible, too that your method of knitting can be mixed as you work,; If so, beware as they also draw a different tension early on as one learns.

I mix English (throwing) with one of the Continent's at times but only for one stitch. I can't seem to P 3tog in C method but can get it done using the E method.

If I can assist you more, send me a private message, please. TY! The telephone system may work better than text in a post, too. As a matter of fact, I'm sure of it! LOL!!

TTYL!
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I co'd on the circular needles, then turned, some of the stitches went on the cord. then I tried to get them back on the metal part, and could not. will start all over and knit loosely just for practice.

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Hi. The size of the stitches don't change. Just keep moving the stitches with your left hand onto the needle as you would ordinarily move stitiches along.It takes a little getting used to but you'll get there. good luck
 

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What size needle and cord length are you using?
I found a 32"cord works well. If you have a longer one you could use it. You don't have to "scrunch"
up the stitches and you can see the work.
Just turn your work around. Always start with the working
thread on your left needle. When you start a new row it
won't connect the work. Just turn after every row.
 

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pharoette said:
I co'd on the circular needles, then turned, some of the stitches went on the cord. then I tried to get them back on the metal part, and could not. will start all over and knit loosely just for practice.

thank you.
As Tammy said, if you are a tight knitter, you may have to do a bit of 'wiggling' to get your stitches back to the tip end so you can resume knitting.

Also, to combat the tight knitting at first, you may wish to cast on with one size larger needle....then proceed with size your pattern calls for.
 

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I am delighted to see people using circular needles. I use NOTHING else for ANY project. I started teaching a left-hander to knit using them. It works very well. Don't give up. Keep you stitches relaxed and you will have success!
 

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Just keep telling yourself"I can do this" I gathered my courage up also and for the first time I used the circular needles and I made a beautiful skirt--I have now started another one. I really like these needles. I am now considering making a shawl pattern I saw on the patons website-that uses the circular needles. I only learned just lately that you can make afghans with the circular needles--I was wondering why my other needles were so crowded while I tried making a shawl--now I know I can start it over with the circular ones. This is such a good site--wish I had discovered it long ago.
 

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Exactly as they say. It doesn't do a thing. I know, I worried about it too many years ago. You will be fine. Circular needles are for large pieces with lots of stitches, i.e. putting together a ragland sweater you could use circular needles if you cannot manage the long straight ones. Deep Breath. Relax. You can do it!
 

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I was concerned about the size of my stitches when using a tiny little cable stitch holder. I couldn't believe my stitches would turn out correctly using that little toothpick size needle!
Then I found out that the size of the stitch is determined by the needle you stitch onto!
That means also that the thin cable of the circular needle is just a holding area and the actual stitch size comes when you work it.
Another ta-da moment in knitting!
 

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Don't put undo stress on yourself. The needle determines the stitch size the cord just holds the stitches and after you get so many stitches and increased length it takes the weight off your shoulders and wrists. We worry too much about something that should be an adventure and a pleasure. You can't learn to swim if you don't get in the water. Your project will not only be beautiful, but a pleasure.
 

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I co'd on the circular needles, then turned, some of the stitches went on the cord. then I tried to get them back on the metal part, and could not. will start all over and knit loosely just for practice.
If you are using the simplest of cast-ons (variously called backwards-loop, e, thumb, and some others I don't remember) you will very likely have to work harder to move the cast-on loops back onto the needle tips. That particular cast-on may be the easiest to do, but the first row - even on straights - is anything but easy. Once those loose loops get onto the cable, they do not retain their original size; they slop around! Since that was the only cast-on I knew for my first decade of knitting, I had to learn this the hard way.

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My first afghan EVER was knit on circular needles. I made 4 more afghans that year with them. Don't be afraid, just do! They are wonderful!
I hope your needles are metal and not plastic. I find the yarn glides beautifully on metal needles.
 

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By the way--I just transferred the shawl that I was making that kept bunching up --to the circular needles and it has made a world of difference. The shawl is so much easier to knit and is turning out beautifully. I will never try to knit wide projects with regular needles again.--this is so much easier. The trick is to turn it around each time and do not ever connect it--you will be surprised to see how easy it is.--have fun---
 
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