Working Very Small Circumferences in the Round

Recently I treated myself to a set of Knitpicks 4″ double-pointed needles in 7 different sizes ranging from 2 mm to 3.5 mm. Short dpns are great to use when knitting tubes with a tiny circumference like fingers and thumbs.

A set of seven different sizes of colourful wooden double pointed needles in a plastic case.

I’ve been putting my purchase to good use on a new glove design I’m getting ready to release. I usually don’t look forward to the fingers when I’m knitting gloves but with these needles it’s been a pleasure.

Stitches on three double pointed needles and finger partially knit, leaning agains a ball of yarn.

Just look at how pretty my needles are—lovely, colourful stripes of laminated birch wood. The tips have a gradual taper into a sharp point which is particularly handy when picking up stitches between fingers and working decreases. Even though the tips are sharp and made of wood, they are also sturdy—I don’t feel like I’m going to snap them off.

Side view of three double pointed needles with a finger hanging down from them.

I usually recommend going up a needle size when working the fingers or thumb on gloves and mittens because our tendency is to tension the yarn a little tighter when there are fewer sts on the needles. I found with these needles I’m going up two sizes.

Three double pointed needles with a knitted finger extending behind them, propped up on a white surface.

My only criticism is that the needle doesn’t taste good. Now it’s not like I chew away on my needles, but I have been know to pop the empty needle in my mouth to hold it as I’m counting or adjusting sts.