A nurse who knits…

October 11, 2007

Circular Knitting

Filed under: Knitting — yarnnut @ 10:19 pm

How do you knit in the round?  For a long time, I’ve knit socks, hats, and sweater sleeves w/ the extra long circular needles using the magic loop method.  I initially learned how to knit in a circle using double pointed needles but that method soon soured on me as I lost needle after needle.   DPN work with either 4 or 5 needles but once you lose 2 out of your set, you can’t use them anymore.  I was buying countless sets of needles on a penniless nursing student’s budget.  And I didn’t like the fact that size 0 and 1 look like I’m knitting with super long toothpicks.

So I turned to magic loop.  How wonderful was that discovery?   I could knit any diameter in the round and didn’t need to be on the look out for rogue needles.  I happily knit socks and hats like that for years.

The other night, I decided to cast on for Simply Lovely Lacy Socks from Interweave Spring 2006 using size 1 Crystal Palace needles.  I just reached for them instead of my customary Addi 40 in.  And I’m finding that I like knitting with DPN’s again.  Hopefully, I won’t lose one and have DPNs be tainted to me again.

Ravelry is quite fun.  I put a few of my projects up and loaded my queue with future projects.  It is quite the organizational tool and one could literally spend hours cataloging stash and projects.  I will of course log my new yarns and projects.  But putting past stuff in… I may have to have a week off to do that.  LOL.  I don’t like that you have to use flickr to upload photos.  I have a flickr account but have been using photobucket to load pics to this blog.  Hopefully, it won’t be too much of a pain to switch to flickr.

So… I’m back to knitting on two projects.  I’m working on a Lucy bag and those Lacy Socks.  I’ll post progress pics tomorrow.



  1. Missed you Wednesday. I think we’ve officially declared our meeting times to be the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, just so you know. I was pretty confused for a while–especially when I showed up two weeks in a row and no one was there!

    I prefer to knit on a single circular needle that is shorter than the diameter of my project, whenever possible. Actually, I don’t much like knitting in the round, and knit flat and seam whenever I can.

    Comment by Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) — October 12, 2007 @ 3:14 am | Reply

  2. Your LUCY bag is calling me .. I’m gonna be driving all over San Diego this weekend looking for that pattern … lol. You made it look SO nice!!

    Comment by georgeanne — October 12, 2007 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  3. I can’t even imagine knitting in the round with DPN right now. My two kids would never let me get anything done. You could always try crocheting in the round. Glad you like the hat, the FBB, and the dishcloth. They were all fun to make. I’ll see you on Ravelry in a month or two.

    Comment by Karla — October 12, 2007 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  4. I use double points, but only because I haven’t learned any other way yet.

    Comment by Sarah-Hope — October 12, 2007 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

  5. I like dpns. I have tried to circulars and didn’t like it. I haven’t tried magic loop, because I don’t have a needle that is long enough. It is on my list of things to try, “some day”.

    Comment by Kristina — October 13, 2007 @ 1:17 am | Reply

  6. You’ve been tagged!


    Comment by Elizabeth — October 13, 2007 @ 2:11 am | Reply

  7. There is a certain touch of working with the wooden DPN’s that my Addi’s can’t match (I knit using 2 circs).
    And I have a photobucket account and have to switch to flick- Oh well, life is full of changes!

    Comment by CPAKnit — October 15, 2007 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

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