5 Types of Needles for Small Circumference Knitting

5 types of needles for small circumference knitting
I learned to knit socks on DPNs and for many years only knit small circumferences on DPNs. There's nothing wrong with sticking to what works for you, but sometimes there are easier ways to do things. It's worth taking some time to learn different techniques that could potentially work better in different situations.

Before You Begin

There are five different styles of needles that can be used to knit small circumference projects like socks, mittens, hats and bags. You can knit in the round on 4-5 DPNs, 3 flexible DPNs, 2 long circular needles, 1 long circular needle (this is known as the magic loop method), or 1 short circular needle.

No needle type is necessarily better than another. However, you may find that a certain kind of needle is better for you when knitting small circumferences in the round.


  • Schoppel Zauberball Cotton
  • addi FlipStix
  • addi FlexiFlips
  • addi Rocket Squared
  • addi Turbo Rockets
  • addi EasyKnits
Thanks to Skacel for providing the yarn and addi needles used in this tutorial. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

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Small circumference knitting 5 different ways - dpns, flexible dpns, 2 long circular needles, magic loop method, 1 short circular needle

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