Length of circular needles

by Novel
(England)

I am going to knit a cardigan in the round for the first time and have been advised to use a circular needle. The cardigan is a large size, using DK.

How long should the cord be?

I have seen them from 40 cm up to over 100 cms.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

YOUR ANSWER


The size I use for knitting the body of most adult jumpers (or cardigans) is the 80 cm length and I use 60 cm length for smaller items like the sleeves.

As you are knitting a cardigan you do not need to be able to stretch the stitches all the way around your needle so the length is not as critical as it would be if you were knitting in the round (a circular piece where there is no side edge).

As long as you circular needle is long enough to contain all of the stitches required for your cardigan, you can use any length that suits you, but for an adult that is likely to be an 80 or 100 cm needle.

Hope this helps...

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