I’ve been of the practice lately of buying only long circular needles >47 inches (60 inch lengths preferably).
Here’s why this is a good idea:
- You can do different sized projects from socks to lap blankets all with one needle.
- Which means you don’t have to spend money on different lengths of circular needles or in some cases DPNs.
- You can do two socks, fingerless gloves, legwarmers, and any tube-shaped knitted item at once using the “Magic Loop Method.”
You may find at times, when you are binding off things at the top of the crown of a hat or a closure that the cords on your needles may not be flexible enough to work smaller circumferences. In this case having a set of double pointed needles (dpns) is helpful. So if you wanted to set yourself up with a practical or sparse kit of needles, I’d say having for each size of needles 1 circular set with >47 inch length and one set of 5 dpns in the same size might work instead of have several different lengths of needles in the same size.