I absolutely love knitting socks on 9 inch circular needles.
Most people think I’m crazy when I say that my favorite knitting needle is a 9″ circular. But I can’t help it. I’m in love.
When you knit with other techniques (double point needles, two circulars or magic loop), there’s always a join that creates the potential for laddering (those icky loose stitches) as well as costs you some time maneuvering them around.
With the 9″ circular, there’s none of that! You just knit around and around!
Over the years, I’ve gotten oodles of comments, asking me where to get these needles and how to use them.
So. I knew what I had to do.
Introducing 9″ Circular Needles!
These needles aren’t available in a lot of yarn stores, so I’ve bought you my favorite brand!
Check out the needle shop to see the sizes I have available. And cast on for some socks for yourself!
A little video for you!
Are you a bit nervous about knitting with 9″ circulars? Don’t be!
I made this video a little while ago:
And it’s pretty good, but felt like I could give you a better idea of what to do my knitting a miniature heel flap, where I could also show you how to pick up stitches. So, I made you this one:
(sorry, the manicure isn’t as nice… but that’s okay, right? I filmed the first one while I still had fancy nails from filming my Craftsy course!)
The heel flap is what most people think is the scariest part of knitting on a 9 inch circular… and I hope you can see that it’s really not hard!
Don’t you feel like giving it a try?
Pick your favorite pattern!
Almost any pattern can be converted to 9″ circulars!
There are no patterns that I know of that specifically call for 9 inch circular needles. So, you should feel comfortable with knitting on a circular needle before beginning a pair of socks, as you will need to do some ‘translating’ in terminology.
Give ’em a try!
I’ll be honest, if you have big hands or like a lot of ‘space’ when you knit… the 9″ probably isn’t for you.
But if you like to knit socks, and are tired of losing a double point, getting ladders in your work or having trouble tossing your knitting into your bag and going… then you might love these guys! Try them!
Add on some fun stitch markers!
Stitch markers are like jewelry for your knitting… and it’s just plain fun to pass a little something special as you finish each round.
I love using these shaped stitch markers! (you can see one in the video if you look!)
Now… I could put these on a card with a fancy string and charge $10.
But I’ll tell you the secret: they’re actually just jewelry jump rings! So go ahead and add them to your order for only $2!