Knitting a shawl with circulars...

Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a good brand of circular needle to use in knitting a lace shawl. Since its getting rather large now, my circular needle cables arent long enough anymore. I was wondering what you guys use? Do you just use a normal 47" circular needle and scrunch up the shawl until it's done? Or is there a certain brand of needle you use that has a 60" cord or something?


steve kadel's picture

i use addi clicks with the extensions. give lots of length options

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QueerJoe's picture

I use two circulars when it gets too scrunched up to be comfortable (making sure to always use the two ends of one circular needle).

These days I use mostly Addi Turbos, although a lot of folks like their lace needles as well. I've also been known to use KnitPicks Harmony circulars.

Kenny's picture

knit picks nickel plated. they are very nice and cheap.

DeceptiveCookie's picture

I LOVE using the Addi Lace Needles (fixed circulars) for lace knitting... they're nice and pointy and built for speed.... for really slick yarn, though, I go with the Harmony Wood interchangeables from Knitpicks... They're super pointy too...

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If you want good quality needles Addi Turbos are the best, the nes with the Blueish cord, if you want something else you can go and use other brands. I like my Addi Clicks, I had some Knit Picks that I don't like because they come apart, yes they replace them, but I have never had that problem with Addis. KNit PIcks and Addis back up their product in a great way, there are other brands, which I don't use. Best of luck deciding.

smalltownknitguy's picture

Pick something with very few joins. I just got Addi Clicks and my wife and I both love them. The yarn glides very easily. Fixed Knit Picks circulars are very good to work with. I bought the Knit Picks Zephyr (acrylic) interchangeable and there are too many areas for yarn to get caught (at the cable needle join and at the acrylic/metal join). I guess the old saying is true "You get what you pay for." Not that Knit Picks are bad, I love most of the things I have bought from them. I just don't enjoy knitting with the Zephyr needles.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I've had pretty good luck with the few pair of Addi fixed point circulars I own. I've knit some fairly large projects on just a 32" needle but the yarn was very fine and it scrunched up on the cable. For some thicker yarn projects I have also used 2 separate cables, like QueerJoe, even going to the extent of using a 3rd one as one long doublepoint. Lots of luck. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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PKnit37's picture

I use Inox circulars. It's a Swiss company so online is the best way to get them. Smaller sizes (up to 6 mm) are polished aluminum and are very smooth and fast. They are dent/scratch/knick resistant. Larger sizes are plastic but work well. I have a 5 mm and a 6 mm that I have used for 25 years and they knit like new. I have tried bamboo and other metal brands and have found Inox superior. From the other posts I see Addi are popular - might give them a try.