What length circular needles do I need for socks?
22 or 30cm (8½ or 12in) are best for small tubes such as socks, mittens or cuffs. It is worth considering however, that very short circular needles will also have shorter than usual needle points which you may not find comfortable to knit with depending on the size of your hands.
Can you knit socks on 9 inch circular needles?
One of the downsides of knitting on 9″ circular needles is that you cannot try on your sock as you go, whereas you would be able to slip your foot in if you were doing the magic loop. You could put your stitches onto a piece of scrap yarn if you wanted to try on the sock!
Does length of circular needle matter?
You may have thought all along that bigger circular needles produce better stitches but you are wrong! Every circular needle size and cord length has its own purpose. Each needle size is numbered and the smaller this number is, the smaller the circular needle will be and you will also have to use a thinner yarn.
What if my circular needles are too short?
If your circular needle length is too short, your stitches will be crowded. Crowded stitches are more difficult to manuever – and it’s a bit harder to catch mistakes.
How long should circular knitting needles be?
Knitting in the round produces a seamless tube-like fabric. When choosing a needle, the length of the needle should be shorter than the circumference of the knitting. (For example: use a 16 inch circular needle to knit a 20 inch hat).
What size double pointed needles should I get?
The length of a double pointed needle really depends on what you’re knitting. If you’re knitting something with a small circumference, like a pair of socks, then a length of five or six inches will suffice. But if you’re knitting a hat, then eight or ten inch needles will be more comfortable.
Is Magic loop the same as circular needles?
The Magic Loop method allows you to easily use circular needles for projects with a smaller circumference, irrespective of how long the cord is. This circular knitting method is not to be confused with the Magic Ring (Magic Loop) method used in crochet.