Circular Needles For Beginners

Beginner, Textiles | 22 Sep, 2012

In this video there are a range of topics which are covered. The tutor talks about which types of projects require circular needles, using the appropriate kind of circular needle, the casting on process involved with circular needles, what is a ’round’ and many important things to bare in mind when knitting in a ’round’. Well narrated and easy to understand step by step instructions throughout the video.

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    1. i went back to joann’s to return the 29 inch cables and asked someone that worked there if it was better to knit a hat using 24 inch cables or 16 inch cables and she said to choose the 24 inch. is that okay for a hat? sorry, with all the questions!

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    2. @dudeshaddup dont be srry for asking Qs! that’s why i have this channel :Din my opinion, using 16” circular needles is more appropriate for a hat. Unless you have an abnormally large head way bigger than a basketball (which I doubt you do!!). I don’t think the lady knew what she was suggesting. Another thing is, it’s always better to use a shorter circular needle because you can always scrunch the yarn/stitches more closely; but it’s hard to stretch out your stitches if ur cord is too long

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    3. @tarana35 this is an issue i have with all the circular needles I own (due to packaging). i try to lay it out as one big circle and then lay a heavy book on it for a long time (more than a day). this doesn’t entirely get rid of the ‘slinky’ness of it, but it helps a little. sometimes you just have to start your project and then once you have a few rows, it won’t be slinky-like anymore

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    4. this is an issue i have with all the circular needles I own (due to packaging). i try to lay it out as one big circle and then lay a heavy book on it for a long time (more than a day). this doesn’t entirely get rid of the ‘slinky’ness of it, but it helps a little. sometimes you just have to start your project and then once you have a few rows, it won’t be slinky-like anymore

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    5. Thank you for this video. I would like to know: How do I transfer my work from a #6 circular needle to a #7 circular needle? My pattern says I should change, but I’m not sure how this is to be done. Can you help? Thank you.

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    6. @Voya60 Hey, did you figure it out yet? I can make a video on it if you still need help with it. Basically what I would do is move the stitches one at a time from one needle to the other. It’s easier to show than explain by words. Please let me know if you would like a video! 🙂 happy knitting!

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    7. Hey, did you figure it out yet? I can make a video on it if you still need help with it. Basically what I would do is move the stitches one at a time from one needle to the other. It’s easier to show than explain by words. Please let me know if you would like a video! 🙂 happy knitting!

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    8. @purllinknitting Thank you, I did figure it out. I had an “Aha” moment and felt so dumb. Such an easy solution. I like working with the circular needles. If I need a video in the future, I’ll send another Youtube request.

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    9. Thanks ! You do a great job of explaining everything in a way that is easy to understand. Starting with the basics of why to use circular needles and what they are etc. Everyone doesn’t start with the very basics. I really appreciate that. Keep making videos.

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    10. @Blakpineapple I personally find it easier to work with straight needles when knitting straight scarves (not the circle/infinity scarves). I don’t like using circular needles when I’m knitting a straight scarf because the “wire”/”cable” that connects the two needles always gets in my way. This is just my personal preference, though. If you don’t want it too stiff, try using a larger needle size than the yarn calls for 🙂 let me now if you have any other questions!

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    11. I personally find it easier to work with straight needles when knitting straight scarves (not the circle/infinity scarves). I don’t like using circular needles when I’m knitting a straight scarf because the “wire”/”cable” that connects the two needles always gets in my way. This is just my personal preference, though. If you don’t want it too stiff, try using a larger needle size than the yarn calls for 🙂 let me now if you have any other questions!

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    12. @dgangani Thank you for watching! I’m glad this video was helpful to you; that’s why I’m here 😀 I am actually planning on doing one for binding off regular and circular needles 🙂 stay tuned! Hopefully I’ll have it up in within a month >_<

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    13. Thank you for watching! I’m glad this video was helpful to you; that’s why I’m here 😀 I am actually planning on doing one for binding off regular and circular needles 🙂 stay tuned! Hopefully I’ll have it up in within a month >_<

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    14. Great Video! thank you so much for the tutorial, it really helped. I have stumbled across a problem though… while knitting, the yarn between the two needles lengthen each time a knit a new stitch to the point where the gap of yarn between my needles becomes so long it, it is hard to keep knitting. I know I’m doing something wrong, but cannot figure it out… Can you help? Thanks!

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    15. @theitssslauren hmm I think maybe after you knit a stitch on to your right needle, you may need to tug the yarn a little tighter to avoid that gap! I hope this fixes it 🙂 let me know if you have any more questions! and soo sorry for the late reply >_<

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    16. hmm I think maybe after you knit a stitch on to your right needle, you may need to tug the yarn a little tighter to avoid that gap! I hope this fixes it 🙂 let me know if you have any more questions! and soo sorry for the late reply >_<

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    17. Thank you so much — this is my first time to knit and to use circlular needles — I will need more help — I am knitting a caplet — i will need a lot of help —- like in decressing – I think — but i will be back — after I get started

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    18. You did awesome. You have no idea how many times ive twisted my project on accident. Practice does make perfect. I am looking for sock size circular needles, cause the cord is too long in my other needles. Straight needles need like 3 I think. It’s that tight spot to get it smoothly going around.

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    19. Hi! I usually just pull the yarn tightly after each stitch and don’t have a problem with the tension/tightness. I think after you knit for a while, you develop muscle memory and each stitch comes out neater and more similar : )( this is purllinknitting btw – sorry if this is confusing lol; I’m just on my other username and too lazy to sign back in )

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    20. Yes, that is what I mean : ) [this is me on my other channel, sorry was too lazy to sign out, sign in, and sign back out]. You can use the slip knot and cast on to the circular needles the same way as you would with 2 straight needles : ) hope this helps!

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    21. Hey. I recently checked your blog and set my next knitting project to make the cowl w/ red yarn too. I’m still a beginner at knitting and this is my first time using circular needles to knit but I don’t know why I knit so loose! I am currently using the Lion Brand Wool & Ease Quick & Thick. Any help here? I saw your pics of the cowl and it looked so perfect. *envy

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    22. hi, i want to ask, im knitting a baby hat using a ‘US4 3.5mm 40cm’ circular needle. as im decreasing my stitches, it gets tighter and tighter, and i can’t seem to continue knitting anymore. can you advise on how to choose needle size? thank you very much

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    23. hi, i want to ask, im knitting a baby hat using a ‘US4 3.5mm 40cm’ circular needle. as im decreasing my stitches, it gets tighter and tighter, and i can’t seem to continue knitting anymore. can you advise on how to choose needle size? thank you very much

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    24. thank you very much for this video!! i have never used round needles before and i need to do so now to construct a sweater, you’ve explained everything so well!!! now i know what to get on my next trip to joan’s. you have saved me time, grief and money!!! i appreciate your time and effort into creating and sharing this vid! 😀

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    25. I’m so glad this was helpful! 😀 People don’t believe me when I tell them knitting is not as hard as it looks — so I decided to make this channel to prove it and teach people how to knit : ) thanks for watching/commenting!

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    26. I have a video about how to cast on : )The number of stitches to cast on will depend on the size of the hat you want to make, how thick/thin your yarn is, and what size needles you are using. Usually the pattern you are following will tell you exactly how many stitches to cast on. Good luck!

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    27. When you decrease stitches, it will feel tighter and tighter because there are less stitches each round. When this happens, you’ll either have to use circular needles with a smaller circumference, or switch to double pointed needles and knit in the round. I’m not too experienced with double pointed needles, so I have yet to put up a video on it. Hope this helps!

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    28. I’m so glad this was helpful! 😀
      People don’t believe me when I tell them knitting is not as hard as it looks — so I decided to make this channel to prove it and teach people how to knit : ) thanks for watching/commenting!

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    29. I have a video about how to cast on : )
      The number of stitches to cast on will depend on the size of the hat you want to make, how thick/thin your yarn is, and what size needles you are using. Usually the pattern you are following will tell you exactly how many stitches to cast on. Good luck!

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    30. I’m just starting on the circular needles, just got them today. I have two quick questions, I’m trying to make a hat using the stockinette stitch, is it ok if I knit one, pearl one using the circular needles? And when you close off the hat, how do you go about that? Thanks!

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    31. If you’d like to create the stockinette stitch for circular needles knitting round, you’ll have to knit each round. knitting a row then purling a row in round will result in a garter stitch . so if you want stockinette stitch you will be knitting all rows. : ) and for closing off the hat, I do this by running a string of yarn through the stitches in the last row and then putting it tight, then tying it off with a knot. I hope to make a video on this soon!Hope this helps!

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    32. If the circular needles are too long, it’s going to be really hard to knit with rounds with very few stitches. I’ve tried it before and it’s veryyy hard. I’d recommend looking into using DPN (double-pointed needles) for fingerless gloves. hope this answers your question!

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    33. If you’d like to create the stockinette stitch for circular needles knitting round, you’ll have to knit each round. knitting a row then purling a row in round will result in a garter stitch . so if you want stockinette stitch you will be knitting all rows. : )
      and for closing off the hat, I do this by running a string of yarn through the stitches in the last row and then putting it tight, then tying it off with a knot. I hope to make a video on this soon!
      Hope this helps!

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    34. the 29” circular needles will be too long and you won’t be able to knit in the round because the stitches will be too far apart. It’s best to follow the length the pattern calls for, and if anything you can go smaller/shorter — but usually a longer length will leave it hard to knit.

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