VIDEOClick to see full answer. Similarly one may ask, can you use straight knitting needles instead of circular?Knitting in the round is typically done on circular or double pointed needles (DPNs). Circular needles are great for distributing stitches evenly, but can’t be easily used for small diameter knitting. Some say that tubular knitting on straight needles is impossible. Actually, anyone can do it.Similarly, do I have to use circular needles? You can also use circular needles to knit something flat. A circular needle will hold the stitches a little better and make it easier on your body because the needle holds more of the weight of the project. Knitting flat on circular needles is the same as working on straight needles. Also to know is, can I use circular needles instead of double pointed needles? When to use fixed circular needles You don’t have to knit in the round to use them! Some knitters prefer circular needles to double-pointed needles because they’re a little easier to hang onto. Plus, your work doesn’t slide off a circular needle quite as easily as it might a double-pointed needle.Can you shorten circular knitting needles?No, and please don’t do it. You’ll find it incredibly hard to move yarn across the cable. You should look into videos for the Magic Loop technique. It will allow you to knit things in the round with a long cable — in fact, longer is generally better, especially if your cables are not very flexible.