Circular knitting needles are a bit mis-guiding by their name. This is because these needles are not circular at all.
In fact, they consist of 2 needles attached at either end of a cord made from nylon. The needles come in many materials from plastic to bone, wood to steel. Everyone has their own favorites of what the needles they prefer.
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An important thing to consider about the needles is the function and convenience of the needles themselves.
There are a couple of purposes for having 2 needles attached in such a manner.
One is so that you can continue to knit without ever having to turn over the work once you reach the row’s end.
Such as knitting rounded scarves or leg warmers without having a seam.
The most important thing about these is the function and convenience of the needles themselves. There are a couple of purposes for having 2 needles attached in such a manner.
One is so that you can continue to knit without ever having to turn over the work once you reach the row’s end. Like when you are knitting a sock or a mitten you can continue in one piece.
The ends are simply combined and you can continue knitting until you no longer have yarn or, you are finished with your project.
What’s really great about these needles though, is that alternatively, the needles can also be used for knitting flat items also. Afghans are a great item to knit on circular needles because of their size. This way you don't have to handle extremely long needles to hold all your stitches.
To knit large flat items, you would just knit the same way that you would with a straight needle and turn over the work while you knit.
There are many benefits in fact that come with using circular knitting needles. One big benefit is that you can create projects that don’t have any seams.
The other is the ease in achieving more complex stitches like the stockinette, without ever having to purl. Besides these two great benefits however, there is also the weight factor.
Since the nylon carries most of the weight from your material, your not putting any extra stress on your hands while knitting. Additionally, these needles are easily stored and easy to use where ever you may happen to be. This includes smaller spaces where you may not have much arm room to move around such as on a plane or train.
When you purchase circular knitting needles, there are several things that you should take into consideration. Most importantly, you will need to pay careful attention to the cord that attaches the two needles.
This cord comes in different lengths from very short to very long and you will want to choose which size is going to be appropriate for your project.
If you will be making a smaller sized garment, you will want to go with a smaller sized cord and vice versa, for larger garments, you will need a longer sized cord. It also helps if you test the needle before you buy it meaning, hold it and make sure that you are going to be comfortable with it.
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