Knitting Help – Using 9″ Circulars & Needle Review

In this video I’m going to cover hopefully
everything you ever wanted to know about nine-inch circulars and using nine-inch circulars. And
so we’re going to talk about what they’re good for, what they’re not so good for, how
to use them, some tips and tricks for how to use them, and I also have a needle review
of the four biggest brands that I could find that makes nine-inch circulars. Now nine-inch circulars are little bitty needles
on a little short cord that are good for working little tubes, and they are most used for knitting
socks. And the way that they’re good is that when you’re knitting the length of the sock,
like the length of the foot and the length of the cuff, you can really fly because it’s
an economy of movement. When you’re knitting with double-pointed needles,
you have three or four going, and you have to readjust the needle and the yarn multiple
times in every round, which takes a while. I mean, it’s not a big deal. I like using
DPNs, but it’s more movements than with nine-inch circulars. And even if you’re knitting with magic loop,
you have half the stitches on one needle and half the stitches on the other needle and
you do have to readjust the cord, and the working yarn, and the needles at least twice
in a round. But with nine-inch circulars, you just scoot, scoot, scoot, scoot the stitches,
and they just keep going around and around. There’s very little readjusting. So people who use them, that’s why they love
them, and that’s what they’re good for. You can use them for any little tube, but really
socks are the most commonly knit little tube that you’re going to be knitting. What they’re
not good for is complicated stitches. And even when you’re knitting them, knitting socks
using them, you are better off switching to double-pointed needles or magic loop when
you’re working on any shaping in the sock, which would be the toe and the heel. While they’re great for scooting stitches
around and just knitting plain stitches, or purling, or simple increases or decreases,
they’re not great for shaping, they’re not great for more complicated stitches like lace.
So they’re really good to use once you practice with them a little bit, but they have their
limitations I guess is what I’m trying to say. Now I do have some tips for using them,
and I know one question that’s going to come up is, “How do they work if I don’t knit like
you?” I hold the working yarn in my right hand and
continental knitters hold the yarn in their left hand, but I have a video here that I
want to cut away too. And this is my friend Steven knitting. Because he is a very good
sport, I let him practice with the nine-inch circulars for about two minutes before I said,
“I’m going to videotape you using these needles,” and he never says no. And so this is how it looks. If you hold the
working yarn in your left hand, it goes pretty smoothly, and Steven’s a great knitter. I
knew that he would catch on really quickly with using these needles. So that’s continental
knitting, and now I’m going to go ahead and show you live action and holding the yarn
in your right hand, so let’s go and take a look. Here is a little bit of knitting that
I have going. I’m not really knitting anything. This is just kind of a swatch in the round.
The first thing you’ll notice when you’re using these is there’s a lot less to hang
on to, but you have to practice. You get used to it. I swear that just with a little bit
of practice, you will get used to it, a few rounds, maybe an inch or two of knitting.
And the thing that I hear the most of people who use these or have used them, the complaint
I’ve heard the most is that people’s hands cramp up. And the thing that I really encourage you
to do is to focus on keeping a loose grip, focus on keeping loose tension while you’re
knitting with them, and then it’ll become a habit after a while when you’ve done it
for a few rounds. It will become a habit to keep loose tension. Now I think what’s going
on is, because there’s less to hang on to, you feel like you have to keep it in a death
grip because you’re going to drop something or it’s going to go somewhere, and it’s not. The needles are so short that they really
hold their shape, nothing’s going anywhere. You can just hold them lightly with your pincher
fingers. Because I’m a flicker and I don’t let go of the right-hand needle when I’m knitting,
I like to hang on pretty low, low down here, partially on the cord, partially on the needle,
and that lets me get the needle in there far enough so that I can flick. But if you are a thrower and you let go of
the right needle, it’s actually a little bit easier because you’re going to hold on a little
bit higher on the needle. But this is how it goes. I’m not showing you a great example
of just flying along and knitting because I keep talking and stopping. Oh, there’s one
other thing I do want to say. Because you’re not readjusting and you’re
just scooting things around, there’s one thing different that I do when I’m using these.
And I’ll knit a few stitches and then when the stitches start to get away from the tip
of the left needle, I’ll knit a stitch and then push on the left needle, which scoots
everything around without having to stop and scoot things around. But none of the needles that I used are pointing
enough that it was a problem to push on that. I know some needles are really sharp, and
if you do that you end up with a hole on your finger, especially if you do it a thousand
times for a thousand stitches. Okay. Anyway, let’s move on to some of the different needles.
I bought all of the different nine-inch circular needles that I could find so you don’t have
to. The first ones I bought are these Clover bamboo
needles. They were 11.99 on Amazon and they’re bamboo with a plastic cord. The actual length
of the needle is nine and one-eighth inch, and the needle and join length is two inches.
Now these are unique compared to all of the other needles that I have in that there’s
a dog leg, a bend in the join and their bamboo. So let’s get the first one out of the way
first. This bend in the join seems like it would make a difference. It doesn’t. It doesn’t
make any difference. I tried all of the needles. This bend seems like it would keep things
moving the right direction or help the needles bend in. It didn’t make a bit of difference,
I forgot it was there. But the thing most notable about this is the bamboo. Now the cool thing about using nine-inch circulars
is that everything just scoots, scoots, scoots, and I love bamboo needles, but there’s no
reason to have the extra grip of bamboo when you’re using these needles. The bamboo actually
slows you down a little bit and keeps things from sliding as quickly as they do on the
metal needles. So these are high quality, these are beautiful needles. Actually, all of the needles that I’m going
to show you are high quality, beautiful needles with a nice smooth join. There’s nothing wrong
with any of them. I’m nitpicking so that you know exactly what’s up. So these are the Clovers.
The next one is the ChiaoGoo, and I actually asked a friend who speaks Chinese how to pronounce
this, and Dinchi asked her dad, and he came up with ChiaoGoo. So these are… They were 8.88 on Amazon,
a very good price. They are stainless steel with a plastic cord. The actual length is
nine and a quarter. Oops, I just messed up. The actual length is nine and a quarter, and
the needle and join length is two inches. I didn’t mess up. So these are the longest
needles of all the ones that I have to show you, and actually they ended up being my favorite. The metal is nice and slick, the join is smooth,
they’re a great price. And these ended up being my favorite because the needle length
is a little bit longer than the other brands and they’re also a great price. So next is
Hiya Hiya, and these are really just as nice as the last ones, just the needle length is
a quarter inch shorter. It made a big difference to me when I was knitting. They’re 12.50 on Amazon, a little bit more
expensive, stainless steel with a plastic cord. Oops, that’s the wrong one. Sorry. These
are the Hiya Hiyas. They are 12.50 on Amazon, stainless steel with a plastic cord. The actual
length of the needle is… The whole thing is nine and a quarter, and the needle length
is one and three quarters. They’re a quarter inch shorter than the ChiaoGoos,
and they’re nice, they work perfectly, but if I was able to choose, and I was able to
choose, I preferred a little bit more length in the actual metal part of the needle. So
those are the Hiya Hiyas. And next, the Super Deluxe needles. Addis are great needles, I
love them. These were 15.45 and I got them from Purl Soho. Addi is a very popular, really high-quality
needle. They’re quite a bit more expensive than the other ones. They’re nickel-plated
with a plastic cord. The big difference in these is the actual needle length is only
eight inches. So they’re an inch shorter than the other ones, and the needle length is one
and three quarters. So I really thought that these were going to be my favorite because
I tend to like the things that end up being the most expensive, but they weren’t. That extra length lost, the extra inch lost
in the cord length made a huge difference for me, and I could not pick up any speed
with these. Yes, 15.45. I got these from Purl Soho, very nice needles. Maybe they’re more
appropriate for knitting even a tinier tube like baby socks or something, but these didn’t
work as well for me. Quick recap of these. The Hiya Hiyas, they’re
great needles. These are my second favorite for sure, but a little bit short in the actual
needle part. The ChiaoGoos, these were my favorite, they’re a great price, and the little
bit of extra length in the needle was really nice. And the Clover, these are nice needles,
but the bamboo I found there was no need for the extra grip in the needle. The stitches weren’t going to fall off or
anything and they just slowed me down. Wow! Okay, now you don’t have to go out and buy
all of these needles because I already did. Anyway, next week we have a video coming up
for socks on nine-inch circulars. This video is kind of getting ready for that. So depending
on when you’re watching this video, that video may or may not be out yet. If it is out, I’ll
give you a link here. Just click the little red eye in the upper
right-hand corner or the little white eye in the upper right-hand corner and I’ll have
the video in there for you where we’re going to, from start to finish, knit socks on nine-inch
circulars, the whole pattern. Anyway, that’s all I have for you. Good luck.

100 thoughts on “Knitting Help – Using 9″ Circulars & Needle Review

  • I have always wanted to use this size of needles! But I was scared to buy because of the price. This is so informative. By the way your manicure is fabulous. That color is great on you!

  • When I learned to knit, a sweet woman from the knittingcafรฉ where I learned to knit gave me a bunch of old needles she didn't use and among those were what I think might be 9" circulars. I mostly use them to make swatches as this way it frees up others needles! I think they are cute, but I will probably use them to make my first pair of socks! I am not too attached to my DPNs (I got some that slide too much, been thinking of buying bamboo/wood-based ones) so anything that keeps me far from using them, all the better!

  • First off, Thanks sooo much for the comparison.
    Second, Since you compared the Addi's in an 8", I have to assume (I hate using that word) that they don't come in 9" at all. Is that correct? It jumps to 16" length from the 8"?

  • Thank you! I love videos where youtubers compare yarns, needles, accessories, etc.! I wish I had more time to knit, and so, reviews help me choose my equipment to make every knitting moment memorable and pleasant! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • hi ty for this informative video its very helpful to me im still new to knitting, i was wondering if you can use the German short row technique on the 9 inch circulars? I bought your pattern for GSRs and plan to try it out soon. , Thanks

  • Great video. I just bought the Knit Picks Options Short needle set and found them disconcertingly tiny (they're 16" with the cable – I can't imagine how tiny 9" are). This video helped show me how to work with them going forward. Thanks Staci!

  • Hiya hiya also makes a bamboo version of the 9 in needles. They are lovely and smooth. All of the hiya hiya bamboo needles are really lovely to knit with.

  • Interesting. I didn't even know that 9" needles existed. If I ever get back into knitting socks, I might give them a try. Up to now, when I knit something small, I use magic loop.

  • Awesome News! I've never seen these before and what a wonderful idea! Can't wait to get some and try them out! Thank you so much for letting us know about them and for providing a really thorough review! It's much appreciated!

  • So glad to see this video. I have been using 9" and 12" circulars for awhile. there are very few videos on them. thank you. can't wait for the sock video.

  • I started using the 9"-ers last spring. I started with the Clover bamboos, but after about three or four rounds, I gave up for the same issue you had with them — the yarn kept catching too much on the bamboo, and one of my needle points had a flaw in it (a small divot) that made the catching worse. I tossed them.

    I ended up buying a whole mess of the HiyaHiyas (in every "sock" size) and pretty much fly through a sock now. When I was shopping, I didn't see the 9" ChiaoGoos. Now I want to try those, as I think I would like a little extra length in the needle. Thank you for this video. Very informative, as always!

  • I found this video very interesting! I actually prefer the bamboo Clover needles because of the bend in the needle. I also own and have used the Chiaogoo needles and I find that it pulls my stitches more because there is no bend in the needles.

  • This review was a great help. I have not only enjoyed the newly purchased ChiaoGoo needles but have come to appreciate the ease of using the shorter circulars for socks.
    Thank you

  • Staci Thank you for doing the leg work on these needles. I actually have purchased a pair already (addis) — like you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was interested in a couple of comments where people have figured out how to convert to 2 9" at a time. Now I just have to go out and buy the ChiaoGoo. I'm anxious to try as I tend to grip my needles tightly so with some practice I hope to loosen up a bit.

  • I use 9" circs because, despite much practice, I continue to have "ladders" in my knitting where I switch DPNS as I work (and it drives me bonkers). Another great use for 9" circs is for the sleeves on children's sweaters! I loaded up on larger needle sizes in the 9" circs just for that reason.

  • The 11" needles work well for men's socks or women's large socks and are much more comfortable, imo. For my socks, my ankles are small so I have to use 9" no choice. I think it's worth trying out. I really like it.

  • wish i could use Addi needles, i'm allergic to nickel which means i end up scratching all over my hands and face when i touch my metal needles. had to switch to wood, bamboo and plastic needles

  • I have one set of these cubics. I love using them!ย I use them every time I needย this size needle.ย I would love to have this set but can't buy them at this time.

  • Thank you for the video for 9" circular needles. I purchased the Chiao Goo 9" circular needle. I like it a lot and it has made life so much easier. I needed to make 3 18" doll dresses and was having trouble with the 9"needles that I have. Switching to the Chiao Goo needles helped so much in getting the job done. I love the 2" needle point.

  • This video has been super helpful. I'm finding myself being talked out of trying 9" circs. I'm very comfortable with DPNs and Magic loop and as both methods are so flexible, I'm going to stick with them. Save my money for some squishy yarn!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks for the clarity.

  • A great video, thanks lot! l night the Addi circs and first l though to buy all: from 2mm to 4,5mm for all the socks l'll knit. Yeah, l'm faster but it's only for knitting the length of the socks, l get uncomfortable after a while and it's a bit….boring. The DPNs work well with me and the magic loop with long interchangeable needles is what l knit nearly sleeping as well as it can be, no ladders and with tricks l knit as fast as with normal DPN's/the loop. When l have to finish socks in time l use the wonder tinies. Did you know that there are different needles made by Addi: from 9" to 11,5" and with different length in cable and in needle? That's fine!

  • Hhghi… I have small hands…. I use my 9 in. Circular Knitter's Pride needles for making tiny preemie hats… so easy…. I thunk they would be goood for tube socks, too…

  • Knitter's Pride also makes 9 inch needles in their Dreamz and I think also their Carbonz lines. The Dreamz 9 inches are my favorite. Beautiful, smooth birch wood!

  • I've just started using the Chiagoo ones to make socks and am enjoying them! I haven't built up much speed yet but I'm working on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Those look cool. I learned how to knit socks on 4 needles watching you. Now one thing I do differently – I always tell people who want me to teach them that I knit WEIRD – I use the needle to pick up the yarn rather than throwing it.ย  How did that happen?

  • I originally bought some Nova Platina needles and I only got as far as putting a sock in progress on one… I'll get back to that later, but may put that on magic loop because it's a patterned sock.
    A few days ago, I got the idea to try a 12" sock (on a cat sweater), so I bought a 12" in size 7, and so far I like it! I figured that working on a slightly longer size and fatter needle would help me transition down to 9 later on. I think it'll work! ๐Ÿ™‚ I just thought I'd mention that! This needle (the 12") is a Chiao Goo bamboo.. they're inexpensive & were even less for black friday week!

  • Have you ever tried the KA 9" circulars? I heard one needle is longer than the other and the needles twirl. Just wondering is you ever used the needles yourself?

  • My Addi are older and have a slight bend, my Chiaogoo are a recent purchase and I am more comfortable and knit smoother and faster than the Addi. But their much sharper point has my right thumb occasionally complaining.

  • I like the brandnew "sockenwunder" (25cm) from addi …
    this tiny wonderful thing is the best for me,
    because it has different tips (4,5cm / 7cm) and the right lengh
    in a very good quality ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you for this review video! Lots of information and so much time saved for your fans. Your videos have taught me a lot. I just finished your Bulky toe-up sleep sock pattern. Without the video tutorial I don't think I would have been willing to learn wraps and turns. One more skill in my knitting bag thanks to Very Pink knits.

  • I have worked with all of these 9 inch circulars in the past month. I noticed the Addi was 1/2 a size larger than indicated. I bought a size 2 that ended up being 2 1/2. ChiaGoo are my favorite! The tip is just a touch sharper than the others.

  • Thank you for that. I'm just looking at buying some 9" needles to knit my first pair of socks so this was perfect and now I'm headed for your socks video on 9". Thanks again – love your podcast.

  • Ever heard of the German brand "Addi"? They produce a similar circular needle with one end a needle the size of 7 mm the other end of 4 mm. It is called "Addi Sockenwunder"

  • Great information! I use my 9inch circulars for my preemie and newborn hats.. So far, I have two Knitter's Pride.. bought from my LYS.. Since I have other ChaiGoo sizes, I know I definitely prefer the ChaiGoo
    Red Lace.. Love the sharp points.. I Today, I am ordering a couple of Hiayahya (so?) Sharps , to see how they compare to the ChaiGoo..

    BTW.. I recently bought a Clover Bamboo Circular needle, and …while I am a fairly slow Knitter…even I was frustrated by the drag… No more Clovers fir me… I love the smoothness of stainless steel…

  • My concern is that some needles are too pointy. You mentioned that these are not. I'm hurting my finger with some needles. I love more pointy for lace but want a more rounded tip for other projects. Which ones are less pointy? Addi or Hiya Hiya? In general. Thanks .

  • I've ordered my first pair of 9' needles, because I knit in the metro on my way to work, but my two at a time on magic loop isn't exactly travel friendly to the people around me. Here's hoping my second sock syndrome won't kick in and I end up with a bunch of tiny Christmas stockings.

  • Thanks for the tutorial. ย I have often wondered what in the world to do with such a short circular needle. ย 

    I have a question though … Once you learn how knit socks two-at-a-time … why would you ever want to knit a pair of socks one at a time again?

  • Thanks for this super helpful video with everything I need to know about 9" circulars! FYI, I keep coming to YouTube to look up random knitting questions I have, and you always seem to magically be the one to have what I need. Subscribing right now!

  • Thank you for sharing this comparsion. I purchased two chiao goo needles to alternate working on both socks at a time. I'm not a fan of juggling a long chord for magic loop and these work great.

    Have you tried the addi flexi flip needles or the neko curves to replace dpns? I would love to hear your opinion on them, as well. They look intriguing to someone who gets frustrated with the "windchimes". ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you! I saw the clovers at joanns and didn't know what they were for. Was going to ask, but saw this video. Cannot wait for the video on making the socks. By the way, can we use worsted weight(#4) yarn with those needles to make socks??

  • I love my little Nine inchers! I have very small hands, so holding them is no problem,.. I donโ€™t knit socks, but I do use nine inch circulars to knit preemie/newborn hats..

  • I discovered 9" HiyaHiya needles when I started knitting a lacy baby hat (Vine Lace Hat on Ravelry). that had lots of stitch markers, yarnovers at the beginning and/or end of the the multiple repeats, and DPNs were also just too "fiddly " for me. And I absolutely fell in love with them. I have very large hands and one thing I did to compensate for the shorter tips (in addition to relaxing & taking a deep breath) was to learn to use only my second & ring fingers as my primary support for the tips. (I knit English/American style but I don't let go of the needle in my right hand when I "throw" & I use my left index finger to stabilize the stitch(es) on the left needle that I'm working into.) I also found that working from the "inside" (i.e., turning my work wrong side out) increased my knitting speed incredibly. (It also helps to keep floats "relaxed" while doing color work, since the floats are forced to travel around the outside of the work, rather than being able to "cut across" on the inside. I'm not sure what you are referring to when you mention "complicated stitches" but the tips of these needles are sharp enough that k2tog's, ssk's & sk2p's are easy. I recently purchased a pair of 9" ChiaoGoo needles but I haven't had a chance to test them yet. But I'm a big fan of the ChiaoGoo Red Lace needles, so I expect I will be equally pleased with them.

  • Whether used or not, I love all the gadgets. Ok. That brings me to one question: what size needle for socks, other than the 9"??

    I very much enjoy your videos.

  • I knit the same way Steven does. I'm having a heck of a time trying to do a picot cast on. Could you do a tutorial on how to do it with the style he knits in?

  • I have tiny wrists and hands, could I do fingerless gloves on 9" circulars? they're the only kind of circular ones I own because I really only ever make socks these days.

  • Wow, I never realized you filmed your friend Stephen knitting! That's so nice, I knit continental, similar to his style with the yarn close to the knitting, but he's so delicate, but the 9 inch circular does seem like it requires lots of delicate movements.
    Anyway, love your flicking too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thank you for your videos! I am getting ready to use 9โ€ circular needles to do socks and am concerned that the stitches will come off the needles when I put my project away. Is there something you use to secure the work? Thank you!

  • The chiagoo 9" I have has a red cord but it isn't all plastic cord. It is a metal cord coated in plastic. The addi 8" are also my least favourite. The bamboo 9", I also didn't care for. The chiaogoo were my favourite until I got the kollage 9" square circs. I love them both.

  • Thanks for the comparisons. I'm using a 9 inch circular to knit the cuffs of a sweater. Like you, Staci, I like the ChiaoGoo stainless steel needles with their lovely sharp tips and flexible nylon coated steel cable.

  • Thank you for sharing this, I have ONE stainless steel one and can't find any other's like them. I just love them.

  • I use 8 inch circulars for all my socks, and while I need to switch to dpns for the heel flap, and the first part of the pick up, I am able to decrease down to 20 stitches with no problem when doing DK socks. Sock weight is a little tighter, but it can be done!

  • just discovered your videos and find them quite well done, very informative, and perfect balance of friendly chat with information. I am now going to this channel first for my knitting advice.

  • I just got my set of ChiaoGoo TWIST RedLace MINI and these are perfect for knitting socks. As the cables are separate from then needle tips you can make the size of the circle which is most comfortable for your hands and how you knit. As each size comes in two lengths: both 2" long and 3" long. The sizes are US 0 – 3 (2-3.25mm). The joins are absolutely smooth but they are tiny and there are also double-sided connectors to combine the three lengths of cords into one. These are designed for socks so the cable lengths are not long, they could be used on mittens or children's hats and if you buy other length cables, so long a they are for minis, you could knit shawls too.

    I combined the size 1 with one 3" needles and one 2" needle held respectively in the right and left hands. Perfect size for me and Tracy you are right, this really speeds the process of making the tube on the socks go much faster. The needles are straight, there is not dog-leg bend in them nor the cords. In the set of 5, the cost was $85.00. If you buy them individually, the cost per needle set is about $25.00 currently whereas in the set, the individual cost is like $15.00. So it is more affordable in the long run. The set does NOT include the 00 or 000 but can be purchased separately.

    These are surgical stainless steel. And the Addis you review being nickel plated are not as safe to people as the ChiaoGoos which are. Nickel allergy causes contact dermatitis. The human body has no need of nickel nor aluminum so avoid them as though we can't see on the microscopic level, the bonds of the metal are not as tight as with the surgical stainless steel and therefore pose a threat to health. If you use cream on your hands, or your hands get moist, the transfer to you is greater of the toxic substance. Since they all work equally well, choose the non-toxic products. Although I did not like the Clover Takumi and took them back, I love bamboo needles still, it was the length of the tips and the dog-leg bend I did not like.

    I tried the Addi Flexi-Flips and they work well but the size 1 is not a true size 1 but larger and I can tell the difference. Size 1 work out best for my socks. They are interesting in how they can be used but in terms of 9" circular knitting, they are like turtles compared to rabbits. In this case the rabbits will win the race unlike the fairy tale.

    Another interesting thing with the ChiaoGoo set, is they do make a cable which is sold with their bamboo set of interchangeable size and these cables are also interchangeable with their other sets so long as you match the size. I don't have any of these but may get some in the future.

    The cables are terrific on the RedLace and if you have not tried them yet, you only live once so order some unless you are fortunate enough to have a yarn shop which carries them nearby.

  • Wow Staci, you are the queen of knitting! Whenever I'm looking for ANYthing there would be you addressing it. Thank you. I hope you know how amazing and helpful you are in the knitting world.

  • I started a soo long on the Clover needle & had a problem with hand cramps. But the other thing that surprised me was that my gauge was much tighter. The resulting sock (not quite finished) is snug on me which is unusual. My gauge on a size 2 Clover needle is similar to what Iโ€™d get with a size 1 or even a 0 on bamboo DPNs.

  • Maybe I'm missing something, but why am I seeing only one size, #3, needle the 9" circular, and no other sizes. Socks can call for many sizes depending on the size of the yarn. I thought I owned every needle made, but there's always something new. I love your videos.

  • These are such handy tips ๐Ÿ™‚

    For anyone who's ever entered a yarn store and felt lost, you're here as a compass. โ™ก

    Thank you, sweetheart ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ•Š #LotsOfLove & blessings your way. Xx

  • I tried the Clover ones years ago and hated them because my hands kept cramping and the stitches kept getting โ€œstuckโ€ on them. I absolutely LOVE the Chiaogoo red lace circular needles, especially when knitting sock 2 as a time. Was thinking of getting a couple of 9โ€ circulars agin and was happy to see that Chiaogoo also makes them!

  • If there was a metal alternative with a short needle like the bamboo ones, I would try, but I feel the short needle is so much easier to use, so I use the lover bamboo at this length. For larger lengths, I almost exclusively use HiyaHiya…. I know I should try other high quality needles, but I guess why bother when u found one u love.

  • Is there any way of figuring out which one of these little gems has turned out to be the front-runner? I'm anxious to give this a try but since having a stroke this past April, I find I get confused and I guess am experiencing a bit of information overload. A few years ago I went on a sock binge, taught myself how to knit socks, and managed to turn out 46 pairs of wool cavalry boot socks, all done cuff-up on DPNs. Since the stroke I find the DPNs too cumbersome and awkward so I have tried several new methods with less than favorable results. I'm hoping that perhaps these little 9-inchers won't seem as daunting but I'm just overwhelmed by too much info, if there really can be such a thing, lol. You see, two things are pushing me forward…1 is I'm a fighter and refuse to just give up. But 2, and most important to me, is that my BFF asked me if I would knit her a pair of very simple, basic short-cuffed socks that she can sleep in. Folks, my friend has been amazing and never asks for anything in return. In fact, I'M the one that asked her to think of something she's always wanted that I can make for her as sort of physical therapy, I guess you could say. It never even crossed my mind that I would experience any difficulty doing something that I've loved doing for well over 50 years! So now, even more than ever before, I'm determined to complete this "love job". I just need a little help getting past what I call my "my stupid brain." Doctors assure me that with time and persistence, SB will improve and my yarn work is an excellent way to help it along. Soooo, with all that said, which one of these should I order? I truly thought they would be done by now…truthfully I had hoped to give them to her on her birthday but that was this past AUGUST! Obviously I missed THAT boat, lol. So my new deadline I've set for myself is Christmas. She keeps trying to take this off my plate, but I can't stand the thought of not doing this for her. I am so excited to see how this turns out…my credit card is ready!! LOL! Thanks for listening.

  • After so long, I finally noticed the Chinese words written on the Chiagoo package. It's QiวŽo Gลซ (the Q is pronounced like ch) means skillful/clever aunt, quite a traditional depiction of a knitting woman. ๐Ÿค”

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