ABC is easy as one, two, three…

“Come on, come on, come on, let me show you what it’s all about…” ABC sung by The Jackson Five

It’s definitely all about circular needles.  Get rid of those straight needles!  I too, was once afraid of circular needles.  Every scarf was knit on straight needles.  Every hat on double pointed needles.  Don’t get me wrong, double pointed needles are a much needed tool in your bag of knit tricks.  You don’t; however, need those old, straight, metal, long needles that persist to poke you in the forearms and lacerate your lap when you’re knitting.  Today’s the day!  Out with the old and in with the new.  If you’ve never tried circular needles, my suggestions are:

  • BUY A SET!  A decent bamboo pair will cost you roughly $9 at your LYS (local yarn shop).  Get a 16” set in a US 6,7,or 8.  I find myself using my US 6 and US 7 most.  If you’re a REALLY tight knitter, you may want US 8.  You don’t need to splurge on the fancy nancy one’s.  Or heck, borrow a friend’s if you’re not yet convinced that this will be the one thing that will make your knitting life oh so wonderful.
  • START SIMPLY.  Don’t think you need to use circular needles AND knit a project in the round all at once.  Just because they are circular needles doesn’t mean you have to knit in the round.  Circular needles can function just like your straight needles.  Try a scarf!
  • EMBRACE THE CIRCULAR NEEDLES.  Now that you’ve tried them, venture into knitting in the round.  This will be a whole different post as yes, this can be frustrating.  Never fear, you can conquer this too.

And yes, I like Dunkin’ Donuts coffee 🙂

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