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Want to try 9 inch circular needles?

I absolutely love knitting socks on 9 inch circular needles.

Most people think I’m crazy when I say that my favorite knitting needle is a 9″ circular. But I can’t help it. I’m in love.

When you knit with other techniques (double point needles, two circulars or magic loop), there’s always a join that creates the potential for laddering (those icky loose stitches) as well as costs you some time maneuvering them around.

With the 9″ circular, there’s none of that! You just knit around and around!

A little video for you!

Are you a bit nervous about knitting with 9″ circulars? Don’t be!

I made this video a little while ago:

And it’s pretty good, but felt like I could give you a better idea of what to do my knitting a miniature heel flap, where I could also show you how to pick up stitches. So, I made you this one:

(sorry, the manicure isn’t as nice… but that’s okay, right? I filmed the first one while I still had fancy nails from filming my Craftsy course!)

The heel flap is what most people think is the scariest part of knitting on a 9 inch circular… and I hope you can see that it’s really not hard!

Don’t you feel like giving it a try?

Pick your favorite pattern!

Almost any pattern can be converted to 9″ circulars!

If you’re a newbie, I recommend Churchmouse Yarn and Tea’s Basic Sock pattern. If you’re looking for a more advanced pattern, I recommend the book Sock Knitting Master Class.

Candy Skein Yummy Fingering

There are no patterns that I know of that specifically call for 9 inch circular needles. So, you should feel comfortable with knitting on a circular needle before beginning a pair of socks, as you will need to do some ‘translating’ in terminology.

Give ’em a try!

bright socks 9" circular

I’ll be honest, if you have big hands or like a lot of ‘space’ when you knit… the 9″ probably isn’t for you.

But if you like to knit socks, and are tired of losing a double point, getting ladders in your work or having trouble tossing your knitting into your bag and going… then you might love these guys! Try them!

Happy knitting!

5 COMMENTS

  1. Miesha SAYS...

    Ha! I just finished my first sock on 9″ circulars after being inspired by your vid on YouTube! I even got the same star stitch markers and used the churchmouse pattern… So NOW you came out with the kit! Ugh!!! Lol. But anyway, I’m sold on this technique. Love the way they work up. It’s a little stiff for the first couple of rounds, but it’s quite comfortable thereafter. Really fun, & no more wrestling with the dpn spiders! Thanks Stacey! Love what you do!

    • That’s so awesome!!! You’re just too ahead of your time 😉

  2. Anonymous SAYS...

    This was really helpful! As a girl trying socks for the first time (though mine are on a 16″ needle) this is quite nice to know!

  3. Another anonymous SAYS...

    I find the way you purl very interesting, I’ll have to try that. I’ll also give the 9 inch a try, I usually like magic loop, but I hate the way the cord gets tangled. Thanks for the video tutorial;-))

  4. Linsey SAYS...

    Found this on Pinterest. Really interesting as I don’t love DPN knitting and haven’t done any socks yet. When you get to the toe shaping do you change to DPNs as the work gets too small for even a 9″?