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Small Diameter Circular Knitting
Double Pointed Needles. The most common way of knitting small-diameter objects in the round, and my preferred method. (pictured below left)
On two circular needles. Another popular method which I like.
Magic Loop knitting: uses one large cable needle. Less common, but handy to know, and some folks prefer it. If you find yourself loving Magic Loop knitting, look for cable needles with a thin, flexible cable. Addi Turbo needles are reported to be great, and KnitPick's new Options needles (interchangeable type) are said to be even better, with the best cables out there for this purpose.
A couple of notes about knitting in the round...
You can't do standard intarsia knitting (a method of knitting with multiple colors) in the round, it requires adaptation to work it in the round. The easiest solution is to just work an object flat and seam it if it's an intarsia project.
Your gauge is likely to be different when working in the round than it would be worked flat on the same needle size. This is because people usually purl at a different tension than they knit. This presents problems with doing gauge swatches! There is a trick to working a gauge swatch for knitting in the round. You knit a flat stockinette sample using all the knit stitch by doing this: knit a row; slide the work to the other end of the cable needle or DPN; leaving a long strand of yarn in back. More detailed description here.
there are videos and other techniques for working in the round on the linky above. Happy Knitting!
Judi - WAHM to Dakotah 3.5 years (9-19-05) and Joshua 5 months (11-03-08)