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13 Circular Knitting Patterns for Practice

By: Julie DaMario, Editor fror AllFreeKnitting
Updated December 28, 2022
Circular Knitting Needle Patterns

If you're a beginning knitter, making the switch from straight needles to circulars can be a little daunting. However, it's important to remember the many benefits of using circular knitting needles. Knitting with circular needles allows you to hold more stitches. This is necessary when working on larger-scale projects such as knit blanket patterns or knit sweater patterns. Holding more stitches on your needles makes for a seamless product that's easier to manage!

Another benefit of knitting with circular needles is the fact that they are easier to transport than single or double point needles. Carrying your projects with you is a lot easier when they're contained to circular needles. To learn more about circular needles and knitting needle sizes, check out our helpful article here.

Practice your circular knitting needle skills with the patterns below. We've selected a wide variety of styles and designs, so you're sure to find a pattern that suits your needs.

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1. Lime Lightning Linen Scarf

Learn how to knit on circular needles with this lovely knit scarf pattern. The Lime Lightning Linen Scarf is a simple knit you'll love pulling out as soon as the leaves start to turn. This lightweight layering piece is an easy way to add color and texture to your outfit.

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Lime Lightning Linen Scarf

2. Asymmetrical Shawl

Knitting with circular needles has never been this stylish. The edgy Asymmetrical Shawl is a marvelous merlot-colored garment you'll love grabbing on your way out the door. Wrap this knitted beauty around your neck as an over-sized scarf or drape it over your shoulders as a warming knit shawl.

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Asymmetrical Shawl

3. Maker Monday Hat

This simple knit hat pattern features a little bit of colorwork to create a beautiful two-colored hat you'll love reaching for again and again. Using only basic knitting stitches and techniques, the Maker Monday Hat is the perfect starting point for anyone who wants to cast on in the round.

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Maker Monday Hat

4. Souffle Wrap

This luxurious knit wrap pattern is a great way to learn how to use circular knitting needles. Not only is this lightweight knit the perfect size, it offers the right amount of warmth without overheating you during the transitional weeks between seasons.

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Souffle Wrap

5. Drape Front Knit Cardigan

Circular needles are the perfect remedy for holding all of the stitches of this larger-scale project. The Drape Front Knit Cardigan is a flattering, flowing knit you'll love taking credit for. 

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Drape Front Knit Cardigan

6. Summer Slice Socks

Learn how to knit socks while using circular knitting needles with this happy pattern. The Summer Slice Socks are a great way to keep your feet cozy and colorful no matter the weather.

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Summer Slice Socks

7. Colorblocked V Cowl

This bold and beautiful knit cowl pattern is perfect for accessorizing as well as practicing your circular knitting needle skills.

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Colorblocked V Cowl

8. Grand Canyon Cardigan

Get ready to take a well-deserved vacation with the Grand Canyon Cardigan. This knit sweater pattern features a unique color patterning reminiscent of the beautiful Grand Canyon. If you've been wanting to learn how to knit a cardigan to get you through the year, why not start here?

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Grand Canyon Cardigan

9. Coral Lace Beanie

This gorgeous lacy knit beanie pattern is sure to fly off your needles. This well-ventilated knit hat is perfect for year-round wear. Learn how to knit on circular needles with this lovely lace hat.

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Coral Lace Beanie

10. Seaside Stripes Blanket

Lose yourself in sea of stitches with the Seaside Stripes Blanket. This simple knit blanket pattern is the perfect way to unwind after a long day at work.

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Seaside Stripes Blanket

11. Blueberry Pie Mittens

Knitting mittens on circular needles is easy and fun with the Blueberry Pie Mittens. These blue beauties are sure to keep your hands warm and cozy while frolicking in the snow.

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Blueberry Pie Mittens

12. Morning Stroll Knit Sweater

If you're ready to tackle a bigger project once you get the hang of knitting on circular needles, check out this simple sweater pattern! The Morning Stroll Knit Sweater is mostly stockinette stitch on circular needles, so you'll get used to them easily with this pattern.

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Morning Stroll Knit Sweater

13. Beginner Snood Knit Pattern

There's nothing better than a warm and cozy snood, except one that is seamless! This adorable exercise in knitting with circular needles is sure to delight you and keep you cozy on even the chilliest of afternoons.

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Beginner Snood Knit Pattern

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Watch and learn with this simple video tutorial for how to knit with circular knitting needles.

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