Knitting is a skill that most people have gained through experience. Most people have learned
Blankets are heavy fabrics that require some special type of needles for
Knitting a blanket requires long stitches. When using circular needles, the cable joining the needles gives these needles the length needed for stitching a blanket. This pair of circular needles is advantageous because it helps you view your project’s progress as you knit. After all, it allows you to spread your project and note how far you have done it.
Additionally, many of the stitches are cast on the needle and then moved to the cable part. This is one way that the knitter is saved from doing the strenuous job of holding the relative weight threads. The circular needles enable you to do as many stitches as the blanket requires.
When breaking from the project, you may need your project intact and that your stitches do not fall off the needle. The circular stitching enables you to put the stitches in the cable section hence fewer chances of falling off.
The following is a step-by-step guide on how you can effectively use circular
1. Gather all the Materials Needed
To get started, you need to have interchangeable circular knitting needle sets. Buying a set would save you from choosing different sizes. You also need yarn to start knitting. The yarn requirement for a blanket can be light to bulky wool. However, you may consider washable yarns and, at the same time, relatively bulky yarns that work perfectly in cold weather. Price is also a determining factor for the type of your yarn you will use.
It would also be best if you considered the length of the circular needles for
However, while the circular needle’s length does not matter so much, it is recommended that you go for those needles with a length of between 32 inches to 36 inches. This length is usually preferred for most projects, including blankets. Whatever length of circular needle you choose to work with ensures that its cords are flexible and do not easily curl up.
Alternatively, you can choose to go for those needle sets that have interchangeable cord lengths. The interchangeability of the cord length allows the circular to be even more flexible. Three examples of interchangeable circular needle sets that you can go for are:
- Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina — These circular needles feature US 4 – 11 needles.
- Knitter’s Pride Karbonz – These Interchangeable needles include US 2.5 – US 10 needles with long tips.
- Lykke Grove wood – These feature US 3 – 15 needles, each with 3.5-inch tips.
Also, before settling for the type of interchangeable circular needles to buy, you must consider the following factors first:
- The length of the tips of the needles
- The total number of cords included in the needles
- Whether the cords are stiff or flexible
- The styling of the case
- The material used to make the needle, whether wood, metal, etc.
- The shape of the interchangeable circular needle.
2. Cast Stitches
The first step to
Also, note that the casting of stitches when
Another important factor that you should consider when casting stitches for blankets is the space needed between the stitches. Ensure that, when crocheting, you always leave plenty of room between each stitch you make. While this may prove hard initially, you will get used to leaving enough space for the stitches in no time with patience and enough practice.
When you start knitting, the yarn should be on the left hand. Some projects may require you to make elegant stitches for successful
The knitting is such that the stitches are always in the left hand. Work across the project as you would with straight needles. When you knit to the end of the needle’s row, the process flows the same way as you would with a straight needle. Then, turn around and keep
The turning around ensures that the needle with the stitches is on the left hand. The switching between the left part of the needle to the right and vice versa enables you to create rows for the blanket, which keeps the project expanding. Keep switching to either side when the stitches on one side are fewer.
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