12" Circulars Vs. Double Pointed Needles?
February 2, 2007 8:37am CST
So I have been knitting longies for my son. The pattern we have calls for size 8 12" needles for the legs. Everywhere I went to look for 12" circulars said they were a waste of time that I should just use DPNs... So I tried and I hated them, so I finally found a pair of addi turbo size 8 12" circulars.... I LOVE THEM! What do you like more? Do you think knitting continental makes that easier?
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10 Oct 11
i have never used circular needles nor have i ever used double pointed needles i have always used plain old straight needles and they have always worked just fine for me i have still been able to make some really cool stuff like a sweater for me a little sweater for my dog and some other stuff i have never heard of continental knitting either maybe it is just because i do not have alot of time to learn all the ins and outs of knitting i just wing it as i go along
3 Feb 07
I don't get on very well with circulars, I find double pointed needles much easier to handle and it helps keep track of the pattern. I have used circulars for long stretches with no increases or decreases, but for anything with shaping I do much prefer the double points. I think everyone is different in their preferences though, its what works for you for a particular pattern that is important, and if knitting isnt enjoyable we wouldnt do it would we.
2 Feb 07
I like both. I use circular needles more often though, because they are more portable and less likely to poke me. I like DPNs for small things, though. I've heard of addi turbos. I think I should get some. I don't know if knitting continental makes it easier - I've only ever knitted one way, except when I fair isle, so I can't really compare.