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Which length of knitting needles should I use?

March 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments · How to Choose Knitting Needles

I want to buy sets of circular and double pointed needles. What length should I buy? Will I be restricted in what I can knit by only having one length?

I never buy double pointed needles – I do socks, hats, mittens, etc with 2 – 24" circular needles. Most of the sock knitters I know that do use double points use wooden 7" needles. Sets vary from 4 – 6 needles in a set.

Circulars: 16" are great for hats, 24" are great for scarves, sleeves, baby and children’s items if you don’t like single point needles. 32" are needed for large sweaters, afghans and such.

Different brands come in different lengths but will be close to these. If you can afford a larger initial outlay, check out Knit Piks, they have interchangeable sets. You can unscrew the tips and use them on the different length of cords. I’m a hugh fan of Addi Turbo needles, but I’ve tried their Harmony Wood needles and really like them also. Here’s a link if you want to take a peek.

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  • 1 Surruh // Mar 8, 2010 at

    That depends, are you trying to puncture your heart or brain? I would go with brain, and it doesn’t have to be very long for that.

    Remember to slam it hard so you won’t have to do it again!!
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  • 2 marqueen71 // Mar 8, 2010 at

    Your double pointed needles should be about 7 inches long. If you get shorter ones, you may lose your stitches off both ends of the needles.

    Circular needles: It depends what you are making. Often you need different lengths for one project. For a sweater for instance, the widest part of the sweater will require longer needles than the body. For the sleeves you will need much shorter ones. For a hat you will need a much shorter needle than you would want to make an afghan. Over time you will accumulate a collection of needles for the projects you choose to do. I rarely make afghans, so I don’t have many really long needles. I tend to knit kids’ sweaters, hats, scarves, and socks most often.
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  • 3 GrandmaKnits // Mar 8, 2010 at

    I never buy double pointed needles – I do socks, hats, mittens, etc with 2 – 24" circular needles. Most of the sock knitters I know that do use double points use wooden 7" needles. Sets vary from 4 – 6 needles in a set.

    Circulars: 16" are great for hats, 24" are great for scarves, sleeves, baby and children’s items if you don’t like single point needles. 32" are needed for large sweaters, afghans and such.

    Different brands come in different lengths but will be close to these. If you can afford a larger initial outlay, check out Knit Piks, they have interchangeable sets. You can unscrew the tips and use them on the different length of cords. I’m a hugh fan of Addi Turbo needles, but I’ve tried their Harmony Wood needles and really like them also. Here’s a link if you want to take a peek.
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    http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/Interchangeable_Circular_Knitting_Needle_Tips_Cables__L300312.html

  • 4 hairbender // Mar 8, 2010 at

    Personally, I feel you only need circular needles, and the longer the better. I would use 36" or more because of the versatility. But it all depends on what you are making. I can make fingers of gloves with a 40" circular.. so don’t really need double points. I have all lengths, and sizes, and types of needles, but I prefer my circs for everything.

    You might take a look at Knitpicks at their Options or the Harmony needles. They are very nice!! I prefer using the interchangeable needles — a lot more options with them. Yes, you will be restricted with the shorter lengths; that’s why longer is better.
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