Change of heart; swapping for circular knitting needles

Posted by on May 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm.

Yesterday, my daughter told me she wanted to hold off on knitting. She said this, while she watched me as  I tried to get comfortable knitting with circular needles.

She does sew a lot, and she crochets, and does many other crafts, so I figure if/when she’s ready to learn knitting. I’ll have an additional option for her. I did return the standard knitting needles I’d purchased for her, in one of her favorite colors (pink) and bought a larger size circular knitting needle size ten.

Yesterday, I mentioned I’d purchased my first pairs of circular knitting needles

My first attempts to knit with circular knitting needles weren’t pretty. And I have a swatch to prove it, the rest I frogged. I’m thinking it might have taken me a while to get used to circulars, because I’m used to holding standard knitting needles a bit differently?

Sure it was frustrating, but I didn’t give up…

I kept attempting to become comfortable with knitting on circular needles, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve crossed over the other side. I’m still much slower on circulars as opposed to the regular knitting needles, but that’s not going to discourage me, since I know in time… I’ll improve.

I must say, I like the portability of the circular knitting needles, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I started using them for all my flat knitting projects. Yesterday, I made a simple cable stockinette scarf for my daughter’s amigurumi Coraline.

2 Comments

  • Teeni says:

    Yes, I think you are right that it is just a matter of getting comfortable with the circulars because after all, they are held differently than two regs lar needles so that probably has a lot to do with it. A lot of my more experienced knitting friends love using circulars to do flat pieces like afghans because all the weight of the project can sit in their lap on the cord part of the needles so it is not their hands and arms that have to support it. I get the feeling you are going to really like using them too. Oh, and you should have seen my first attempts at both regular knitting and circular needle knitting. Definitely not something I was proud of. LOL. But you already know how to knit so it is just finding your comfort level in holding them and you’ll be stitching like crazy in no time based on your fast learning curve. Ooh, I want to see Coraline’s scarf!
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    Opal Reply:

    You’re right @Teeni,
    They’re held differently. It’s always a struggle with my mind you know. I have to clear out my mind, forgetting about old habits and just go with it. Sometimes that’s a lot harder than it sounds.. since my mind naturally tells my hands to do a certain action. 😉

    I get the feeling you are going to really like using them too.

    I believe you’re right Teeni, I already do like using them, I just need to pick up my knitting speed with circular needles, but I know in time that will happen. 😉

    I’ll definitely be posting Coraline’s scarf sometime this weekend. Oh, and I meant to type stockinette scarf, I also added some embroidery, but now I’m thinking a cable scarf would be lovely too. I bet that would look amazing in miniature form. 😉

    My daughter is off today and, of course, Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.
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