How to store circular knitting needles

No matter what I’m knitting, I usually choose a circular needle for the project.  It doesn’t matter whether the project is a circular tube or a flat piece, circular needles just work better for me.

If I’m knitting a wide afghan, the circular needle is great for keeping all the stitches securely on the needle.  I don’t have to worry about them falling off the ends of straight needles. I can just push all the stitches to the center when I put the project away.

circular knitting needles with wide afghan

knitting hat

Even if the project isn’t especially wide, or is even quite narrow, a circular needle just is the best.  Straight needles can easily fall to the floor and get lost.  Searching under a chair or table for a lost needle isn’t fun!

I keep an assortment of circular needles–16-inch length for smaller projects like hats, and longer ones, up to 24 or 36 inches long, for big projects like afghans.

As much as I like circular needles, though, storing them can be a nuisance.

circular knitting needles

It’s a lot easier to store straight needles.  They’re much more cooperative and fit conveniently into those cute little holders you see everywhere.

Found on Amazon

I checked online for all the different storage options I could find.  I found ready-made containers as well as instructions for making your own.  None of them were satisfactory.  Take a look at a few of the things I found at Amazon:

 Circular Needle Pockets The Circular Solution Circular Knitting Needle Numbered Storage Unit – Natural StoreSMART® – Zipper Case for your Circular Knitting Needles – 10-Pack – 6 1/2 Hanging Circular Needle Organizer

The circular needles are stored in a tight and twisted position so that it’s difficult to straighten them out when I want to use them.  And I didn’t really want to pay nearly $17 for a plastic zipper pocket or $32.00 for a piece of fabric.

Do It Yourself

I found a DIY project that used empty thread spools that were glued together with the needle size written on each one.  The circular needle was pushed through the hole in the spool, then the entire thing was hung on the wall.

Hmm, do I put all lengths through the same hole or do I make one for 16-inch long needles, one for 24-inch long needles, etc.  What about all my other things, like stitch markers?

My Solution

So what to do with circular needles to prevent them from becoming a jumbled mess?  My solution has been plastic storage containers, the kind with the pull-out drawers.  Currently I have three of them stacked.

circular knitting needle storage

Bottom drawer:  Short, 16-inch circular needles and double-pointed needles.

circular knitting needle storage bottom drawer

Middle drawer:  Long circular needles and the few pairs of straight needles that I have.

circular knitting needle storage middle drawer

Top drawer:  Accessories like stitch markers, large-eye needles for weaving in ends, rulers, scissors and my trusty needle size determiner because most circular needles aren’t marked with the size.  Small items, such as row counters, are placed inside pill bottles to prevent them from becoming lost.

circular knitting needle storage top drawer

I could add a fourth or even a fifth drawer if I have the need for it in the future.

It’s a great system for me at this point.

  • There isn’t as much mess as before.
  • I can quickly find what I’m looking for.
  • The plastic drawers are inexpensive.
  • It’s easily expandable by adding more drawers in the future.
  • All of my knitting equipment is conveniently stored in one place now so I don’t have to hunt all over the house for my tools.


happy dance

You can find these plastic drawers locally in stores like Target and Walmart, and they’re available at, too:

STERILITE 3 Drawer Mini Unit 20738006, ClearSTERILITE 3 Drawer Mini Unit 20738006, Clear


Is there room for improvement in this system?  Sure, there always is.  But this is so much nicer than the mess I was dealing with before.