View Full Version : Why aren't there extremely small diameter circs?

The Spider
10-21-2006, 02:55 PM
It seems like knitters go way out of their way to come up with inventive ideas for knitting in the round for sock-diameter and smaller. Why aren't there, say, 5" circular needles? The tips would be tiny, for sure, but it would still work, right?

The Spider
10-21-2006, 02:58 PM
That's it, I'm going to invent the tiniest circular needle ever, and when I become a millionaire, y'all get one for free!

10-21-2006, 03:00 PM
Yeah, if you get that short, the tips would be too tiny to be able to hold properly. You wouldn't be able to knit. I've seen them down to about 8 inches (clover mini). I have some that are 11 inches and have no problems with them but I have very small hands. I think that given the awkwardness, most people would rather use magic loop, 2 circs or DPNs.

10-21-2006, 03:46 PM
Clover has the 8 inch mini circs, but they are a HUGE PITA to knit with. There's also 10 inch Stretchy circs, they take some getting used to, but I love mine. Addi has a 12 inch circ, I love mine this length too, but because of the slickness of addis, you have to be careful with them.

10-21-2006, 04:31 PM
i bought one pair of 12 inch addis just to see if i would like them before investing more money in them. I liked them well enough...no trouble with them really....but i would rather use two circs if i need something that small...i just prefer the tips to be a bit longer than that. you have to consider that the average tip length is about four inches. consider them being an inch longer and how you would bend that around and try to hold them and still knit with them. the idea of trying to work with that hurts my head...lol

10-21-2006, 04:34 PM
If you go to Diva Knitting (there's an ad on this forum), Kemp has some stretchy circs that may be what you're interested in.

The Spider
10-21-2006, 04:42 PM
Yeah, that's what I was thinking: it would have to be stretchy to give freedom of movement. I wonder how that works without snagging the yarn, though.

10-21-2006, 09:23 PM
LOL, I was foolish enough to order the 8" circs, LOL, what a waste of money, I can't even contort my hands into the position that they have to be to knit with those things :roflhard: :rofl:

10-21-2006, 09:31 PM
I ordered a pair of 8" circulars, too, but they are difficult to use. It's easier for me to use dpns.

10-22-2006, 12:33 AM
i owe one 8" too and they are hard on my hands...u could easily sprain your wrist with those... :wall:

10-22-2006, 01:33 AM
Oooh, I can't stand knitting with small circs. I find that it's so hard to maneuver the needles into the stitches. I like knitting with Dpns for small things, I just need something on the ends, because my stitches always fall off and ladder down. It's not that big of a deal to me, but it does take time out of a day to put the stitches back on the needles.