Practically Everything You Need to Know about Circular Knitting

If knitting in the round tangles your circular cables or messes with your DPNs, check out this ultimate guide to circular knitting

“I’ve never attempted knitting in the round, I don’t think I could use dpns and I don’t know how to do magic loop with a circular needles.”

“I struggle with double-points, any all other ways of knitting in the round!”

“I need instructions on how to do circular knitting. I need basic child-level instruction. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I just don’t get it!!”

It seems that few aspects of knitting brings more frustration than circular knitting.

There appear to be two types of knitters who don’t knit in the round. There’s the type who don’t feel the need to knit in the round, and there’s the type that who have tried it and can’t seem to catch on.

I understand both points of view completely. In fact, I even remember once, about a year after that I firmly told my knitting mentor I had no desire to learn circular knitting, that I was completely fine with flat knitting forever.


What changed? What usually changes whenever I decide I’m going to dive in and learn a new technique: I found a pattern that I loved that was to be knitted in the round.

Over the years, I learned so much about circular knitting that has improved my technique, though. Some I learned through trial and error; others I learned through blog posts and articles and videos online.

Here you’ll find a collection of posts regarding circular knitting. Some of these offer links for tutorials; others offer tips to help you improve your circular knitting.

If you’re feeling insecure about your ability to knit in the round, watch this video. I guarantee you will then feel ready to tackle anything! 🤣

Help for Circular Knitting

How to Join in the Round for Circular Knitting: Joining the round is arguably one of the trickiest parts of circular knitting; this helpful Spruce Crafts guide will help you get it right.

6 Terrific Tutorials So You Can Use Double-Pointed Needles (DPNs) Want to learn how to use DPNs? This post offers both illustrated and video tutorials to help you build your confidence in circular knitting.

5 Tips to Make Knitting with DPNs Easier Mistakes, I’ve made a few… and now you can learn from them (and avoid them!) with these tips.

Here’s How to Knit with Circular Needles Both Flat and in the Round Yes, you can use circular needles to knit flat projects… and other valuable information on using circular needles!

One Remarkable Way to Knit in the Round: Use 2 Circular Needles If you’re curious on how one knits with 2 circular needles (and the benefits of doing so), this post is exactly what you need!

Learn about the Magical Art of Magic Loop Knitting Finally, learn about my favorite way to knit in the round: the Magic Loop method!

I hope this mega-guide has helped you with any questions you might have about circular knitting. If there’s something I haven’t addressed here, please let me know–I’ll be happy to help you find a solution!

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    1. Sorry, Mia, I don’t know what brand of yarn is shown here. I didn’t take these photos — they’re stock photos.

  1. I am going to try this the next time I use double points –
    ‘In the past few years I’ve discovered an even better way to avoid ladders: knit (or purl, whichever is in your pattern) the first and last stitch on every needle through the back loop. This twists the stitch, which in turn draws the stitches around it more closely together.’

    1. This works well on circular needles too, Linda. In fact I have a project on my needles right now and I’m doing just that! 🙂

  2. There is one other way that I use circular needles, it’s called walking the loop. I had to figure this one out on my own when I didn’t have circular needles long enough for several projects. I’ve only seen one reference to it on Pinterest but I now use it all the time instead of the magic loop. It’s an absolute lifesaver !!!