Does length of circular knitting needles matter?

Can you knit in the round with circular needles that are too long?

Use two circular needles of the same needle size

If you happen to have another needle in the same size you can use them both. It may sound a bit Ludacris to add another needle in the game if one needle is too much. But bear with me! Knit the stitches from one needle over to the other.

Is it better to have longer or shorter knitting needles?

Length is one of the biggest comfort factors with needles. Often longer needles are cumbersome and can be challenging to use for beginners! If you’re new to knitting, try out different lengths to see what suits your hands best. As a rule of thumb: shorter is probably better for beginners.

Are longer knitting needles better?

If you’re using a large-sized yarn, such as DK or worsted weight or higher, a longer needle, whether straight or circular, gives you more room to space out the stitches. Cramming the stitches onto shorter needles may cause you to drop stitches or may make you a slower knitter.

How do you know what length circular needles to use?

Circular needles hold up to 3 times the length of the cable only i.e. needle length minus the length of both the tips. For big knits such as a blanket the bulk of the knitted fabric you’re making is a factor, so need to allow more length for this.

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Can I knit a blanket with circular needles?

I recommend ALWAYS using circular needles when knitting a blanket. You will still knit back-and-forth in rows, but the weight of the numerous stitches and growing fabric will rest on your lap as you work, rather than your wrists having to bear the strain.

When should I use circular knitting needles?

Circular needles are the perfect choice for knitting in the round and also knitting flat pieces. They consist of a needle tip on each end with a cord joining them. These are used for projects like hats, sweaters, socks, sleeves, mittens and more.