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TripletMama
Chatty Knitter

USA
154 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2006 :  11:09:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit TripletMama's Homepage Send TripletMama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
LOL. I know I'm not really the only one, but it's just that everywhere I go, everyone I meet, local yarn stores, etc - EVERYWHERE everyone uses circulars and give me a hard time for using straight needles! I guess I need to bite the bullet and just buy some circulars and give them a shot - it's just that I've always used straights, from the very get go and I'm used to them and don't see what the fuss is all about. Before circulars, everyone knitted on straight needles. Are circulars really that much better?! :)

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Boogie
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USA
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  11:19:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I sometimes will still use straights when I'm knitting lace. They move faster without having to deal with a join.

Overall though, I like working on circulars because there is less weight on my wrists.

I wouldn't pick on you for using straights though. Each person should knit with the needles that are most comfortable for them.

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conniec
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  11:20:37 AM  Show Profile Send conniec a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,

I find that circulars are much easier on my hands - especially for larger projects. Plus, they're easier to tote around then straights.

You should give them a try!

-connie
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susan14_23
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USA
551 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2006 :  11:39:07 AM  Show Profile Send susan14_23 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello,

Actually I prefer straights when possible. They're the classic knitting tool and more aesthetically pleasing than circulars. But I'm prone to repetitive stress injuries and I do find that circulars put less stress on my hands, so I use circulars most of the time.

Susan
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Solaris
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Canada
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  11:56:44 AM  Show Profile Send Solaris a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I find circs to be waaaaay more comfortable to use, which translates to quicker knitting. They are much easier to store. Plus your project is less likely to slide off the needle when you are not working on it - just push it to the middle of cable. As mentioned before, circs are more convenient to deal with when travelling. And you can knit in relatively tight quarters, unlike straights, which may repeatedly poke whatever is around you.
By all means, give them a try, but if straights contribute to the pleasure of knitting in a significant way, then stick to straights and have fun. JMHO

One more thing. Cost is a big factor for me, so I won't want to spend a lot of money for a lot of different needles. With circs, I can do both flat and in-the-round knitting (both small and large diameter). Using magic loop method, I don't need many circs either, just a few with long cable.
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GFTC
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  11:57:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I totally prefer straight needles and only use circular for afghans or shawls that have a lot of stitches or baby cardigans that are knit seamlessly to the armhole. I don't understand why anyone would prefer circulars for flat pieces such as sweater parts or scarves. For socks I use dpns which are a form of straight needles.

Contrary to others, I find that circular needles are harder on my hands since there is so little to hold onto and I really dislike the cable no matter what brand I use.


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Lanea
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  12:06:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm with GFTC--circulars are harder on my hands and the joins annoy me to no end. I've heard every argument about how great circs are, and all I can say at this point is "says you!" They hurt me, so forget 'em. That's all that matters.

As with most things, it's best to remember that someone else's opinion shouldn't force your decisions on anything. Just because something works for your friend doesn't mean it'll work for you.

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GJohnson39
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  1:17:50 PM  Show Profile Send GJohnson39 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with GTFC also. I knit holding the left needle still against my body, and I find I have less problems with my wrists. I find my tension is better and more consistent than when I knit with circulars. I only use DPNs for socks AND hats as I like having more to hold onto and it is easier to keep track of my rows.

Gayle
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busygirl
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  1:58:40 PM  Show Profile Send busygirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote

I grew up using straight needles; I do have a couple of cirulars which I hardly ever use,and have been thinking of trying them out again some time.

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HomekeepingGran
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614 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2006 :  2:02:40 PM  Show Profile Send HomekeepingGran a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So far, I think circulars are easier on my hands. However, I plan to try some straights in either wood or bamboo and see how I like them. I will say I am faster (just a tiny bit) on straights.

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gwtreece
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  2:09:44 PM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have alot of straights but I have used any of them in a very long time. I prefer the circulars, how they feel in the hands and the wt is easier on the hands.

Wanda
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elaineinplane
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USA
22 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2006 :  4:44:24 PM  Show Profile Send elaineinplane a Private Message  Reply with Quote

i prefer circulars bc i knit when im on the plane (especially so much better if u got the middle seat), bus or any public places. i didnt wanna poke anyones eyes!! but i do like the straights bc they look classic..especially ones made of wood. but if u prefer straights, i wouldnt pick on u...thats ur own personal choice.
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Kathleen-NYC
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USA
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  5:22:16 PM  Show Profile Send Kathleen-NYC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I sometimes use straights at home. When I'm away from home, I usually take the circulars - they don't take up much room to carry and I'm not poking the person sitting next to me on the train or bus when I take out my knitting.

Plus - if I drop my needle, no problem.

I think the circs are much more comfortable to knit with.
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lucylocket
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  5:58:39 PM  Show Profile Send lucylocket a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone - I prefer straights too. I have a number of circulars and I use them mainly as knitted piece holders. When knitting my toys I do piece-work - I do a whole lot of bodies, then for those that don't have separate heads, I knit the head next for each toy. I do the same with feet, legs, arms, hands etc. Eventually of course I'm stuck with the sewing-up[:-P] but it does save time.(believe it or not!) Circulars are great though while travelling and are definitely bend-proof in one's bag! Happy Knitting -Lucylocket
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yarnmama
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Posted - 09/20/2006 :  6:37:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit yarnmama's Homepage Send yarnmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GFTC

I totally prefer straight needles and only use circular for afghans or shawls that have a lot of stitches or baby cardigans that are knit seamlessly to the armhole. I don't understand why anyone would prefer circulars for flat pieces such as sweater parts or scarves. For socks I use dpns which are a form of straight needles.

Contrary to others, I find that circular needles are harder on my hands since there is so little to hold onto and I really dislike the cable no matter what brand I use.





This is how I am too. I'm in the minority at Sn'B but I don't care. I almost always use bamboo or wood too.

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LisaM
Chatty Knitter

USA
128 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2006 :  6:42:54 PM  Show Profile Send LisaM a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with Susan--there's something more aesthetically pleasing for me about using straights. I feel like I'm really knitting when I use them.

I do use circulars too though. They're handy when there's lots of stitches, or when you're knitting something really heavy.

Lisa
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Isis Rising
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320 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2006 :  7:35:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Isis Rising's Homepage Send Isis Rising a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use straights when lace knitting a rectangular shawl. Otherwise, I use my circs, or the interchangeable needles with the flexible cords as straights.

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KnittAR
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USA
575 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2006 :  7:42:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit KnittAR's Homepage Send KnittAR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just picked up a pair of straight metal size 4 needles after using only cirs. or dpns for quite a while, and they feel so heavy. I don't have 4's in circs., though. I'm sure I'll get used to them again. Right about when I'm done with what I'm knitting on them. hahaha

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Isis Rising
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320 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2006 :  7:44:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Isis Rising's Homepage Send Isis Rising a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use straights when lace knitting a rectangular shawl. Otherwise, I use my circs, or the interchangeable needles with the flexible cords as straights.

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Mokihana
Warming Up

USA
54 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2006 :  8:56:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mokihana's Homepage Send Mokihana a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use both. DPN's for socks, if that counts... straights for certain projects like flat knitting. I only use circs for large projects...

Aloha,

Mokihana
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roofth
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USA
649 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2006 :  9:13:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit roofth's Homepage  Send roofth a Yahoo! Message Send roofth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ditto what Mokihana said. I use both... and if its flat knitting, I usually go for straights first, unless it's a large project (sweater, etc.)... then I'll go for circs.

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