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Rangerfan
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Posted - 01/05/2011 :  07:54:50 AM  Show Profile Send Rangerfan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone, I hope all had wonderful holidays and got all the knitting presents they wanted. I have a question, and I hope one of you ladies can help me.

I have a set of the interchangable circular needles that I love and use more times than not. My 24" circular needles, do you measure from needle tip to needle tip or do you measure just the cable they attach to? I hope this makes sense. Thank you for any help you can give me.

Myra



Rangerfan
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USA
121 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2011 :  07:58:36 AM  Show Profile Send Rangerfan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
oops...the above is supposed to read: My pattern calls for 24" circular needles...... Not "My 24" needles". Have a cold and my head is a little foggy this morning. Sorry.
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Consuelo
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USA
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Posted - 01/05/2011 :  09:05:35 AM  Show Profile Send Consuelo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah. I've always wondered about that - maybe someone here will clarify.

Consuelo
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mertle
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Posted - 01/05/2011 :  10:49:11 AM  Show Profile Send mertle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Tip to tip.

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Rangerfan
Chatty Knitter

USA
121 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2011 :  10:57:25 AM  Show Profile Send Rangerfan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
tip of needle to tip of needle? I assume that is how you mean...sometimes I am really stupid, I blame it on menopause!! haha

thank you for your responses.

Myra
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Rangerfan
Chatty Knitter

USA
121 Posts

Posted - 01/05/2011 :  1:24:51 PM  Show Profile Send Rangerfan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I found this helpful site...saying:


If you have inherited, bought or found a set of circular knitting needles without the packaging, you need to know how to measure the needles in order to follow knitting patterns.
.Difficulty: Easy
Instructions.Things You'll Need:
Measuring tape
1
Lay the needles out in one straight line.

2
Put one end of the tape measure on the left end of one of the needles.

3
Lay the measuring tape across the needle, then across the cord, all the way to the right end of the second needle.

4
Measure the whole length, including the needles and the cord. That is the length of your needles.

5
Compare measurements of your mystery needles to packaged ones, you will notice two numbers on the package. One is the length (what you've just measured) in inches. The other number represents the standard size--usually from 1 to 35--which is the gauge of the needle. Standard sizes can differ by region and the gauge in sometimes shown in millimeters to clarify the standard size.
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Read more: How to Measure the Length of Circular Knitting Needles | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4882638_measure-length-circular-knitting-needles.html#ixzz1AC7910nr
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anderknit
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Posted - 01/05/2011 :  5:58:31 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, Pointy tip of one needle to pointy tip of other needle.

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lacylaine
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USA
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Posted - 01/07/2011 :  07:57:43 AM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've always wondered about that. Thanks!

Melanie

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Chayah
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Posted - 01/08/2011 :  6:48:03 PM  Show Profile Send Chayah a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you, that is very helpful information.

"Each breath really is a new beginning of the rest of our lives." Jon Kabat-Zinn
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JillN
Warming Up

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Posted - 01/13/2011 :  06:39:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit JillN's Homepage Send JillN a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Everyone is correct - tip to tip is the correct way to measure any circular needle length.

For example, my KnitPicks interchangable needles are 4 1/2 inches long (each). So the 24" cable (labeled/sold as 24") is actually only 15" long. It's when you put it together with the two needle tips that it then becomes a 24" circular needle.
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Hudakore
Warming Up

USA
69 Posts

Posted - 01/21/2011 :  09:08:15 AM  Show Profile Send Hudakore a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry, I don't get it....while I already knew this, why don't they just say it's a 24" cable and mean JUST the cable?

Nothing is what it seems, nor is it otherwise.
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