A circular needle that is about 32” – 36” long is a great length for many projects. If you plan to knit very large afghans… you might prefer a circular needle that is at least 40” long.
Can you use circular needles to knit a blanket?
I recommend ALWAYS using circular needles when knitting a blanket. You will still knit back-and-forth in rows, but the weight of the numerous stitches and growing fabric will rest on your lap as you work, rather than your wrists having to bear the strain.
Does length of circular knitting needles matter?
You may have thought all along that bigger circular needles produce better stitches but you are wrong! Every circular needle size and cord length has its own purpose. Each needle size is numbered and the smaller this number is, the smaller the circular needle will be and you will also have to use a thinner yarn.
How do you know what length circular needles to use?
To calculate the maximum length of needle you can use for knitting in the round, divide the number of stitches you will be knitting by the stitch tension (gauge) per cm (or inch) to find the diameter of the knitting, and then use a needle length of that dimension or smaller.
Are circular needles better for blankets?
Circular needles are great for any blanket project. They’re long enough to hold a whole blanket, and the size 8 is perfect for any worsted weight yarn. The best circular needles for a blanket are ChiaoGoo Circular Needles (US8).
What size needles do I need to knit a blanket?
The most common lengths used are 16”, 24”, 32”, and 40”. These needles work well for knitting blankets. However, unless you always knit the same blanket with the same yarn, you’ll need to buy a different needle for each blanket you make. This can get expensive and create storage issues for all the needles you buy.
Can you knit in the round with circular needles that are too long?
Use two circular needles of the same needle size
If you happen to have another needle in the same size you can use them both. It may sound a bit Ludacris to add another needle in the game if one needle is too much. But bear with me! Knit the stitches from one needle over to the other.
How many stitches do you need for a blanket?
For example, if you want a lap blanket that is 24 inches wide and your gauge is 4 stitches per inch, then you would need to cast on 96 stitches. A 96 stitch cast on would result in a small lap blanket. If you want a medium sized blanket, then try casting on 120 stitches. For a large lap blanket, cast on 160 stitches.
Do circular needles come in different lengths?
Circular needles also come in lengths of 40″ and 47″, and even go longer than that.
What size needles do I need to knit a chunky blanket?
A pattern using chunky wool will generally need large needles. Around 7 – 8 mm is average, while 5.5 – 6 mm will give you a tighter fabric. Super chunky wool, which is ideal for making a very thick blanket, will need even bigger needles.
How long does it take to knit a blanket?
The 4-by-5-foot blanket takes about 45 minutes and requires about eight pounds of yarn.
What size needles for chunky blanket?
WHAT KNITTING NEEDLE TO USE: You’ll need this 32 inches long 25mm circular needle US 50 for this Chunky knit blanket pattern. You knit back and forth on the circular needle and not in the round. The circular needle is simply to accommodate a large number of stitches.