I was following Joe’s recent discussion of flat knitting with circular needles quite enviously. I am knitting a 21” wide doormat. It’s from The Knitted Rug by Donna Druchunas. The book says to use circular needles. I would love to be able to. The needle part of the circular needle is just too small for my hands to manipulate without my tunnel getting all carpelly. So I made some 24” gay needles out of dowels. They are OK. They just require a bit of elbow room. Then I was thinking today that it was too bad that there was no way you could string together dpn’s without joining them in a circle so that you could knit a wide, flat piece. And then I thought I’ll have to do a post and ask if you can do that. And then I thought well why not just try it. I have a set of 10” dpn’s from Brittany needles in the right size (and God bless Brittany for making long dpn’s) so I tried it. The answer is that you can! I seem to be drawn to knitting rugs and blankets more than anything else right now so this is a very happy discovery for me. My projects can be as wide as I want them. As long as I’ve got enough dpn’s.
I have to say that this whole process of discovery and learning something so completely different and new at this stage of my life is an amazing one. Having this group, i.e., you, to check in with and learn from as I do it is priceless.