12" Circulars Vs. Double Pointed Needles?

United States
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?
5 responses
• United States
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
@nancygibson (3738)
• France
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.
@peavey (16600)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I like dpns better than circular needles. It seems like I can handle them better, but I learned to knit socks and mittens on them, so that's probably why. For bigger things, the circulars might be easier, though.
• United States
2 Feb 07
I love knitting with circulars, but DPN totally intimidate me. Eventually I'll probably learn how to use them, because it would be nice to be able to knit socks, but at the moment, I run away from any pattern that calls for double points.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
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.