What size circular needles do I need to knit socks?
The most common size needles for a 4 ply traditional sock are 2.25mm and 2.5mm. Depending on a person’s tension and desired fabric either can be used for a wonderful effect. I am a bit of a tight knitter and tend to choose 2.5mm needles unless I want a quite tight and sturdy sock, then I will use a 2.25mm.
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!
Can I use straight needles instead of circular?
Simply use straight needles instead of circulars: knit when it says to knit; purl when it tells you to purl. On all even rounds, the stitches need to be reversed: wherever the circular knitting pattern says to knit, purl instead. And when the original pattern says to purl, knit the stitch.
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.
Can you use longer circular needles?
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!
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.
How do you know what size circular knitting needles to use?
Start with a 24″ (60 cm) cord and transition to a longer needle when the stitches feel unmanageable. Or, if you don’t have multiple length options, choose a needle that can work for a good range of stitches without being either too long or too short (like a 32″/80 cm) cord.