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What are Circular Knitting Needles used for?

This type of knitting needle is well-loved in the craft community and favoured by many. Their broad diversity and functionality mean that they’re great tools for a vast array of projects. When you’ve mastered the art of the circular knitting needle you’ve really reached the peak of this skill and will be able to take your work to new heights. They’re basically a staple in any keen knitter’s kit. Below we’ll explore what they are and what they’re handy for so that you will know exactly when to use them.

What are they?

The defining feature of a set of circular needles is the cord that joins the two pointed needles together. This cable can be nylon or plastic, and the needles themselves come in a plethora of materials, namely wood, bamboo or stainless steel. Wood can be better for learners as it is more sturdy, but steel offers a more luxurious finish.

There’s also an array of sizes to suit a variety of projects, so do take the bulkiness of your work into consideration when selecting these types of needles. We have only leading brands for sale to guarantee top quality. For example, you could check out our ChiaoGoo Red Lace Stainless Steel Circular Knitting Needles - 100cm (40"). Or, if you prefer the interchangeable style, why not take a look at our KnitPro "Symfonie" Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needle Tips? With these, you can extend the length of your work meaning endless possibilities!

When to Use them

Like with DPNs, you use circular needles to knit it the round, basically in a circle. Nonetheless, unlike DPNs, circular types allow for a greater circumference; this means that you can make larger items.

For example:

  • Hats
  • Blankets
  • Sweaters/ jumpers
  • Shawls
  • Toys

What are their benefits?

Interchangeable and fixed varieties are also fantastic for big-scale flat knitting too. These circular knitting needles are just so versatile! You’ll find that you can create gorgeous pieces that carry real weight and with all kinds of patterns and styles. The weight is also a lot more evenly distributed along the cable, so there’s less pressure on the wrists. Subsequently, they are a great option for people suffering from arthritis.

Many also say that they are easier to carry around and make for the best entertainment when travelling on the train or plane. Most airlines will let you bring your circular needles on board!

To conclude, there’s so much you can do with this particular type of needle. They really are a quintessential set to have and will stand you in good stead through your knitting exploits. Should you want to know more about circular knitting needles, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Knitting Co. We’re always thrilled to hear from you! We hope you found this blog interesting and insightful. Happy knitting from all our team. Remember- don’t go round in circles, stick on our site and check out our incredible ranges today!



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