Can I use a 24' needle?

calicokittyNovember 15, 2007

Can I knit this hat on 24 inch circular needle? It's the shortest I could find.

I haven't done alot of knitting in the round so thought I'd ask before starting. Thanks

Here is a link that might be useful: hat pattern

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donna_loomis

Calicokitty, you will have quite a bit of trouble knitting the London Beanie (my grandson's favorite) on one 24" needle. It's really too short to use as magic loop and too long to stretch those stitches around. If you have another circular 4.5mm (U.S. size 7) needle, any length, you can use both of them, with half the stitches on each, and that would work just fine. Just remember to knit the stitches on each circular with the opposite end of the same needle that the stitches are on. But to use one circular, you will either need at least a 36" or nothing longer than 16". And if you use two circulars you can forget the dpns as well. Let me know if I can be of any help. It's my favorite way to knit in the round on small circumferences (can you say socks?).

    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 11:28AM
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calicokitty

Wow, Donna, thank you! This is such a cool idea. I won't be able to try it out till later this evening, but I'm really looking forward to it now. I'm excited - especially when you mentioned socks, and I suppose it would also work for mitts.
Are there any sites online that describe this method? Wow-Can't wait to get started.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 12:23PM
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donna_loomis

Calicokitty, here are three sites with good instructions and pics/video. I know that may seem like overkill, but one may click for you better than another. Have fun!

http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/twocirculars.html

http://nonaknits.typepad.com/nonaknits/2005/10/two_circular_ne.html

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques

    Bookmark   November 15, 2007 at 12:40PM
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