Small diameter knitting

wesley's picture

What does everyone use when doing small diameter knitting, like a sock. I'm just starting this, and it seems using two circular needles is popular, but I seem to have better luck with DPN.


Bill's picture

I'm much more comfortable with DPN's.
....but I have friends who prefer two circulars...
fortunately...whatever method we like is ignore people who say there is only one way... LOL

QueerJoe's picture

I've used the following combinations of sock needles:

1 short circular (hate this method...the needles are too small for my fat hands)
4 double-pointed (works fine for me, but is a bit slower than two my opinion)
5 double-pointed (works fine for me, but is even a little slower than 4 dpns)
2 circular (my favored method if I have the choice)
1 long circular - "Magic Loop" (I'm not a big fan of the "magic loop" method)
1 long circular - two socks on one large circular (never tried this...seems to hard to keep track of)

I've also knit on an antique circular sock knitting machine and that's fun, but a lot of set-up work.

Any other methods folks have tried?

ronhuber's picture

I, too, find dpn's much faster than the other methods and I have tried them all. I was a small child when I started knitting socks and nobody told me it was difficult to work with dpn's. I admire Randy from this site who knits the most beautiful socks with 9 inch circulars but they are too small for my hands. I think it is wonderful that there are so many different methods and we can all find one that suits us best.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

My favorite, by far, is for 5 DPNs. I've used DPNs most of my life. However, have done Magic Loop and 2 circulars. Okay, but not as automatic as when I'm using my DPNs. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Kerry's picture

It's all a matter of preference and DPN suit me just fine.

Parrot's picture

I usually have used dpns, but now my LYS has circs in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, that are very short; the perfect size to use for sock knitting. I have given them as gifts, as well, to sock knitters, and they are well liked.

stch's picture

I prefer using DPN's. They're easier for me to knit with, where as, I have a terrible time getting comfortable with circulars.
A few friends swear by circs, so, it's pretty much of which works best for you.

I like to Magic Loop my socks. Right now I am just about to turn the heels on the four socks on my needle. I am working them from the toe up, with a no-wrap short row heel. Guess I will have to get rid of all my leather with all these colorful stripes. LOL

purlyman's picture

I've done 5 DPNs mostly but recently got turned onto 2 circulars - works well!!


albert's picture

I've tried all of the above methods, but find magic loop works best for me.

mrossnyc's picture

I prefer DPN's, haven't tried the multiple circulars or magic loop, it just seems like more to keep track of.

scottly's picture

I'm also a dpn fan I usually use the five needle method. I've tried magic loop but didn't really like it, it seemed as if I was constantly untangling my yarn.

DPNs always. Prefer using 4 needles. 3 to hold the work, one to work the stitches. A triangle formed by the 3 needles is much more stable than a rectangle formed by four. Also, fewer needles changes.