5 tips for knitting on tiny needles

I realize I may be in the minority here, but I love knitting on tiny needles—the smaller the better! Now, some people do some truly impressive miniature knitting, and I’m not quite that dedicated. But I certainly prefer size 0 over size 8, that’s for sure. Here are some of my favorite tiny knitting projects from the past:

(like the little flower bookmark? you can find the pattern here!)

Right now I’ve been working on some sanquhar gloves, on size 00 needles. I thought it’d be nice to take a break and share some of my personal favorite tips for working with them. 🙂 I’m not an expert, but perhaps someone will find them helpful!

5 tips for knitting on tiny needles:

  1. Pick non-splitty yarn. Although I’ve found most little needles to have fairly blunt points, splitting can quickly get extremely annoying when your stitches are small. Fine yarns are also often more delicate, and more likely to break from accidental splits.
  2. Take frequent breaks! When I knit with little needles, I often notice actual indents in my fingers where they press. :O It’s not the worst thing in the world, but I think it’s a sign you probably shouldn’t knit with these types of needles for hours and hours, especially if you find it uncomfortable.
  3. Have good lighting—no one likes knitting in the dark, but it’s especially bad when you’re already straining to see what you’re knitting.
  4. Use your most comfortable needles. This definitely isn’t the time to struggle through with a type of needle you don’t like! For instance, I find circular needles hurt, so I wouldn’t pick them for a lace cowl on size 2 needles when I could use double pointed ones instead. Similarly, if you have a preference for wood needles over metal ones, there are some brands that make wood/bamboo needles down to size 0. Even below that you can try carbon fiber ones rather than steel!
  5. Swatch! Yes, it will take longer to start, but you reallly don’t want to have to unravel even an inch of fabric if that inch took 30 rows and two hours to knit. I have done this—it is very sad.

If you have any other tips, please share them! And I’ll be sure to post a picture of my gloves once they’re done. 🙂