Thursday, November 30, 2006

 

Needles for log cabins?

What types of needles do you all use for the really large log cabins? Do you change needles as the afghan gets larger? What length of needles works best for you? I haven't seen anyone say much about this topic, and I'm not seeing anything about needle length or type in the MDK book either.

This may be obvious to you experienced knitters, but I'm just not sure how to get started on one of these larger pieces. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

Comments:
I used 29" circulars, size 13 for my log cabin. It got a little tight towards the end, but no stitches ever fell off, so no problem!
 
Yes, Circular needles. Perhaps you haven't used them before, but you can knit back and forth on them and the cable holds a large project.
 
I'm almost finished with my large Log Cabin. Instead of binding off each band I put the live sts on long circular needles (40") and kept working round and round, picking up the end sts at the beginning of each band. I am doing a 2-ridge garter stitch ridge border in white to match the center square now. One side done and three to go. It should be done in a few days. Pics soon.
 
Thanks for the info so far. I've knit on circulars before but not back and forth. I just wasn't sure how that worked and how long the needle needed to be. And how long they come! Some of the log cabins look really big. I guess you push your stitches together pretty closely to get them to fit when you are doing the longer rows.
 
Circular needles are nice for big projects, they don't feel as heavy as straight needles.
 
I've made three large blankets so far and I've used addi turbo circs in 120cm and 150cm lenght. It's great working with these, it never gets bulked up.
 
I am doing mine on my denise knitting needles. I am using 60" cable to do it so that it will be long enough since it is getting larger.
 
For my log cabin lap blanket I found it easier to use 2 29" circulars, knitting off one onto the other as if they were straight needles. Toward the end I had to put a point protector on one end of each, so the stitches wouldn't fall off the other end.

If I made another one I'd use my Denise and/or KnitPicks interchangable needles so I could adjust the length of the cord as the blanket got bigger.
 

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When I knit large items I use 4 circulars - one for each side - with rubber bands on the ends of the 3 not in use, to stop the sitches falling off.
 
So, let me get this straight...

In effect, using large circulars around a border is like using a HUGE set of DPNs??

Great idea! I learn so much from this forum.
 
For the sides, you can also cut the end of the yarn really long when you are supposed to cast off. Use a darning needle (or similiar) to thread that through the live stitches. You will have to pick the stitches up again but it makes a nice edge that doesn't get tangled or feel goofy when you move to the next side.
 
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