I need help, my ear flaps are finished.
I now put them on my circular needles
and my project seems to small to try and join stitches
with my circular needles. any help
Mon, 11/30/2009 - 09:11
Could you please tell us more about the pattern you are using, possibly giving the instructions so we can take a look? (Where did you get the pattern? If online, could you post the URL?) With the information you posted, I don't understand what the pattern is telling you to do and exactly what difficulty you are having.
Most patterns I've seen make ear flaps as a continuation of the hat itself, not separate pieces that are then joined into the hat. So your post indicates a completely different way of doing it.
(When I use circular needles, if I have a problem joining, it's usually because the needle is too long--not too short--so the stitches won't reach all the way around to meet together.)
Mon, 11/30/2009 - 12:16
Many people will knit a hat with 16 inch circular needles, eventually switching to dpns (double pointed needles) when they are decreasing stitches in the crown. As Craftsman said, your circular needle may be too long for the number of stitches. If you have a long circular needle with a flexible cable, you can use a technique that is frequently referred to as magic loop. There is also a technique some call "half magic loop" where with this technique, you will pull some of the excess cable out between some of the stitches thereby effectively shortening the cable. When you get to the point where you have pulled out excess cable, just pick a new point and pull out excess cable again. If your circular needle has rather a rather stiff cable, I suggest either searching for a 16 inch circular needle or else using dpns to work your hat..
Mon, 11/30/2009 - 13:00
Many thanks I have seen the magic loop on utube
will watch it again. Thank you again this my first hat.:)
Mon, 11/30/2009 - 16:39
If your hat tapers significantly you are going to eventually need dpns. Why not take the opportunity to get used to them right from the beginning? Even though I have enough needles to stock a small store I was caught on a birthday deadline away from home for several weeks and had to use my circ and that "semi-magic" technique to finish the project. Magic had nothing to do with it. It was awful, with all the adjusting and tugging and stitch stretching. I'd never do it again. The thing that's positive about circular needles is that you can knit without a lot of fiddling around. This defeats that purpose.
Dpns are not as fiddly as they seem either. You just have to remember to keep the first stitch on each needle tighter than the others to avoid "ladders" (things that look like runs in a stocking). And starting dpn work with work already on the needles makes the initial join easier as you are less likely to twist the work around the needles.
Mon, 02/01/2010 - 13:00
I don't know what happened to your post. Buried in the awful spam from the medicine hawkers I guess.
Anyway, if you still need advice, you'll either have to go to double-pointed needles, to a very small circular, or to methods called "magic loop" (done with an extra-long circular) or to two circulars used at the same time. My choice would be dpns, followed by the very small circ. The other two methods are described all over at different sites. A quick Google search will find them.
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