Knitting Flat on a Circular

PieintheSky88's picture

So I've been looking into bigger projects to expand my horizons in 2010, and one project I would love to try is an afghan (found it on Ravelry, it's the Winter Lace Afghan from Lion Brand). The instructions say to knit the piece on a circular as it is too large to knit on a straight needle, but obviously it is not knit in the round. I've heard of people doing this, and even seen it on occasion, but I have to confess that I don't know how it is done. Do you use a second circular? Any hints would be very much appreciated.

Hope everyone's 2010 projects are coming along nicely =)

Joe

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PieintheSky88's picture

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

kylewilliam's picture

this one is easy :) - you just cast on 100 or 900 or however many stitches and start knitting - the knitting slides around on the circular needle wire.

Once you have knitted all the stitches, you turn the work ( put the left needle in your right hand, and the right needle in your left hand) and start knitting back - it's just like knitting with "straight" needles but instead of the weight of your knitting on the end of the needle it gets distributed by the wire connecting the needles.

I hope that helps - if you look at www.knittinghelp.com I bet you can find info on it there as well - it's also the way I knit 99% of my knitting!!

:)

Kyle
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Kyle
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scottly's picture

I pretty much use circs for all of my knitting. You can't loose a needle that way and there's much less of chance that stitches will slip off the needles in transit. It will make perfect sense once you start.

albert's picture

True, but you can lose two needles that way.

purlyman's picture

Yep - just back and forth with the knitted stitches just sitting between on the cord. I never use straight needles anymore - probably haven't in the last 6 years? You'll love it!!

Frank

eyedoc's picture

I love knitting flat pieces on circulars. I actually find it more relaxing to my arms since the "needle" parts of the circs are shorter than most straights you lose the problem of the ends of the needles dragging against your stomach, the arms of the chair, etc.
Shawn

albert's picture

I wouldn't say "no" to a straight with a long needle.

eyedoc's picture

heehee...must agree on that

Have to agree with you

I started knitting straight on circulars; I haven't picked up a straight need since. Actually, it's not that bad; I do pick up the straights when I take a break and knit a simple washcloth, or coaster, hot pad or pot holder; but, other than that I use circulars. In fact, if your circulars are flexible enough, you'll never even need dpn's again. And I really love that!
Others have said it too; but, you simply turn the work when you reach the end, and start knitting. I'm fortunate that I have Denise, and I just replace one needle end with a twist on stopper, and use two soft cables to make two needles out of soft cables, so they're kind of like two straight needles; but, the needle is on one end of each cable and the other end has a stop.

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BOCTAOE!

Kerry's picture

I only use straight needles for socks, everything else is on circulars.

PieintheSky88's picture

Thanks so much everyone! You were all right, it is actually a lot easier in most cases just using a circular. I'm starting a sweater now, and seriously considering just doing the whole thing on a circular. I guess we'll see!

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

*All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today in any scene.*
~Meryl Streep

I made a full size afghan, Raidating star I think it was knit in the round. I had to buy the denise needles plus a 60inch cable to hold all the stitches. At the end of this monster it was taking me about 45 minutes to do a round. It was fun to do. But will think long and hard first.