2 circulars

Dear Knitters,

I'm noticing chat about using 2 circulars to knit in the round for socks. hats. sleeves etc etc - I'm not great with the dpns so it would be great to find out more. Anybody have clear instructions?

Also, a plug for my local knitting stall in Greenwich market most Sundays. The lady has great wool and a website too

Happy knitting


ronhuber's picture

I am just the opposite. I have used dp's for years and have no problems with them. However, trying to knit with those long circulars hanging down and trying to figure out which end to start with anew drives me right up the wall. And the Magic Loop!!! Forget it - I could have half a sock finished before I figured where and how to pull up the loop. However, thank goodness there are more than one way to knit a sock proving again the wisdom of Elizabeth Zimmermann. She said that there was no right nor wrong way to knit. Good luck on your experiments. I think Joyce Willimas was the first to use the two circulars method. If you google it you will find numerous videos.

purlyman's picture

Hey there,

There are definitely instructions and videos out there. Try this link:

Knitting in the Round - Two Circulars.

Good luck!



QueerJoe's picture

I just did a quick google search to see if I could find any clear descriptions, and none showed up immediately, although I'm sure there are good pictorials and maybe even videos out there. Most descriptions get confusing with concepts about casting on for the toe of a sock or knitting two socks.

Here's my basic recipe.

Needle A and Needle B - two circular needles in the same size (they don't have to be the same length).

Cast on the number of stitches you want on Needle A and move all the stitches toward the needle side of your FIRST cast-on stitch - at this point your working yarn is at your LAST cast-on stitch.

With Needle A in your left hand and Needle B now in your right hand, knit half your stitches from Needle A onto Needle B.

Drop Needle B and pick up the other side of Needle A and knit the remaining stitches.

You should have a circular row of stitches completed now with half the stitches on Needle A and half the stitches on Needle B.

The rest is easy...making sure you always use the needle sections from the same needle (always use Needle A to knit from Needle A and always use Needle B to knit from Needle B), you can knit endlessly in the round on these two needles.

Some folks use two different brands of needles (like one Inox and one Addi) to make sure they always use the correct needle and not get the circle all twisted.

I know this is confusing to read through and picture, but if you try it, it's not very difficult. If this is all too confusing, just come to New Hope, PA and I'll show you in person...it is a LOT easier to show someone than it is to describe it in writing.

QueerJoe's picture

Here's a good video that shows it clearly!...much better than my written instructions.


Britisher's picture

Hahaha, people should watch this video just for her funny, if somewhat bizarre, descriptions. If you don't know what an "udder needle" is, this is the video for you, lol.

MMario's picture

"Under-needle" implies there is an "Over-needle" . Would that be one needle to rule them all?

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Britisher's picture

No, unless my hearing is worse than I think, it was an "udder needle", not an "under-needle". She asks people at her knitting classes whether they've ever milked a cow... Amused me for the rest of the evening.

Jaxom's picture

Thanks QueerJoe for posting the link. I have yet to make a pair of socks but I will include this method as a possible option to dpns.
Having milked a goat I grasped the udder one at once. The concept that is lol.

Nutty Professor! That Cat Bordhi sure is kookie; udder (other) needle -gleep! I love her stuff, sheer genius, especially her möbius knits. No udder knitter like her ;-) I've yet to knit my first sock; but, when I do, it will be two at a time, on two circular needles! Go cat go!


I love using 2 circular needles. My favorite technique for keeping the two needles straight is to use one wooden one and one metal one. I learned the technique via a DVD entitled "Knitting Korner Sock II: How to Knit Two Socks at the Same Time on Two Circular Needles with Nenah Galati."

Good luck.


MMario's picture

Another technique I will occasionally use is "short circuit" I use one circ and two DPN's; the circ gets knit with the circ, the DPN get's knit with the second DPN. I use this when the circ is just a wee bit too long - the DPN short circuits the Circ, cutting across it so that the knitting fits. It 's less fiddly for me then a lot of techniques, and no problem confusing what gets knit with which.

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Crafty Andy's picture

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog I've used two circulars with two diffrent metal, wood, cable colors or materials so that I have no confusion which circular is next, lol! The main thing to remember is that you are actually making a spiral no matter what, don't get thrown off by the "Circular" Label. I make hats, socks and scarves on two circulars and find it very helpful. I guess DPNs are wonderful if you know how to work with them. I like to master some techniques one at a time, I will be making two socks on two circulars on my next project, but for the time being I am enjoying making one sock at a time, but nothing like finfishing two socks at one point. Some people get two different yarns going and the they to have four socks done when the second pair is done. There are plenty of visual tools out there on you tube and the Internet in general to get you going, one thing, never be in a hurry that's for sure.

thairapist's picture

Hey there

One of my favorite sites for web videos is knitting help. Here is the page with the two circular knitting video and also the magic loop and double pointed needles