View Full Version : Is there sizes of circ. needles?

06-29-2006, 03:30 AM
Hey guys, I'm knitting my first hat and I was wondering, before I buy the needles, what I should look for specifically. Is there a certain size I should be going for in terms of how long the wire that connects the needles is? Or is it the same in all of the needles? Heres the pattern...

http://www.littleturtleknits.com/pithyhat.htm (its the hat on the left, not the red one)

I just don't know if theres a specific size for adult-sized heads or anything. Any guidance would help a LOT, because obviously I know nothing about hats or circs. Thanks!!

06-29-2006, 03:36 AM
I always use 16" circs. The pattern you are looking calls for the following needles.

size 4 or 5 16" circular needles (for bottom ribbing), size 9 or 10 16" circular needle (for rest of hat), blunt yarn needle

I like that pattern...you don't even have to use DPNS.

06-29-2006, 03:39 AM
oooooh, ok. thanks!! and thanks for the fast reply, too!

06-29-2006, 03:39 AM
I think that there are three different legths, 16, 21. and 24. But I'm pretty sure there are differnt needle sises too, but I only pay attention to the length :lol:

06-29-2006, 08:55 AM
Circulars come in many different lengths 16", 24", 29", 32", 36" and 40"

Depending on the brand and length the needles sizes vary from size 1-15

Hope this helps!




06-29-2006, 09:30 AM
Circs do come in MANY lengths. The shortest I've seen are 8 inches, and the longest I've seen are 60 inches. For most hats, you'll need a 16 inch circ, and for most hats either dpn's or 2 circs to finish the top of the hat. For hats for a newborn baby, you'll want either a 12 inch circ or just do the whole hat on dpn's, but most hats you can do on the 16 inch circ.

06-29-2006, 12:11 PM
Thanks! That cleared up a lot :D