Clover Takumi Bamboo 9" Circular Knitting Needles

Reported by Amanda Talbert
I have covered many different crafts for Craft Critique, but at heart I am a knitter. Last summer at CHA I was given the opportunity to meet the lovely people at the Clover booth. They showed me, and even let me take home, something very exciting. It’s their Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needle in a 9″ length.

For the readers who don’t know, circular knitting needles are used to knit in-the-round, for things like socks, sleeves, collars, anything that needs to be knit in a seamless cylinder. There are several methods for knitting in-the-round for small diameter knits like socks and sleeves; double pointed needles (also called DPNs), the Magic Loop, two circular needles worked together. Until I tried Clover’s 9″ circular I thought those were the only options.

I was very excited to try this circular needle because I have never been very good at knitting with DPNs (double pointed needles). I always experience laddering at my needle transition points, and when I tighten up to fix it, I get spots that are too tight and hard to deal with. I’ve tried knitting socks in the other methods as well but never taken to it. This extremely short circular needle solves all of my problems.

I knit a pair of yoga socks for my dancing daughter and was amazed at how quickly I could work in-the-round with this circular needle. I used the US2-sized needle with sock weight merino wool yarn and it took me 3 days of light work to get this sock made for my 10 year old’s foot. Her ankles aren’t very big around so I wasn’t sure if the circular needle would work. When working in-the-round on one circular needle I had to worry that I would have to stretch the knit out too much to get it to go all the way around the needle. Even when working in a tightly pulled in 1×1 ribbing the 9″ circular needle was small enough to give me a great knit fabric.

The next worry, after deciding that the circular needle was indeed small enough to give me what I wanted, was the fear that it would be too hard to use at such a small size. I shouldn’t have worried. The needle was very easy to hold in my hand and use. I didn’t have any problems with my hands or fingers cramping. The small needle and the flow of working in the round made for a very fast knit that was easy and carefree.

Clover’s Takumi Bamboo needles are known for their smooth wood finish, and these small needles were no different. The bamboo was smooth and warm in my hands and didn’t give me a single snag. The smoothness of the bamboo did not ruin the slight grip of using wood needles rather than metal. I like that grip, it helps me keep my stitches on the needle and not in my lap.

The join, or the area where the plastic cable is connected to the wooden needle tips, is a worry for many knitters. I dislike having to fight with a circular needle that snags my yarn as it moves over the join. Even worse than a needle that snags is a needle that falls apart halfway through a project. This needle didn’t do that.

These 9″ circular needles come in 9 sizes, from US0 to US8.


  • Smooth needles with a sturdy join
  • Small circumference for use in knitting socks and sleeves
  • Easily transportable projects


  • Can be hard to find in stores
  • At $14.50 MSRP it would take a lot of money to buy as many of these needles as I want
  • Don’t come in US00 or US000 sizes (most likely because they are wooden and wouldn’t hold up to use)

I loved knitting with these needles and can hardly wait to cast on another project. Do you have any suggestions for what I should knit next?

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7 Responses to Clover Takumi Bamboo 9" Circular Knitting Needles

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    IamSusie November 20, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    I have to get a pair of these. I have trouble with double pointed needles too.

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    Skittl1321 November 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    I’m devoted to DPNs (but always knit 2 off the previous needle to prevent ladders) but have wondered how these would work.

    My worry has always been that the finished diameter of my sock is less than 8″, not even close to 9″. But surely your daughter has smaller legs than me, and I’m excited to see they worked for you!

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    Amanda November 20, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    My daughter’s legs are quite small around, even though she has big feet for a 10 year old. These needles are the perfect size in my opinion.

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    nopinkhere November 21, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Wow! I’m glad to see your review because (1) I didn’t know these existed and (2) I would have been leery of trying them. But they sound great! Thanks!

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    Etha November 22, 2009 at 8:33 am #

    Great review! You addressed all the right things here, glad to see there is a neelde at this size that holds up to socks!

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    Barb Nelson November 22, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    I’ve not tried Clovers version of a 9″ circ, but I do have a pair of Hiya-Hiya’s. For a die-hard DPN knitter like me, they have taken some getting used to. I have found that the tips are not very pointy so things like lace patterns or cables are tricky with this type of needle. I’m not sure that I would use these for EVERY pair of socks, but they sure are fast to knit with!!

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    Lucy March 5, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    The only issue I have with these needles are that they knit far looser than DPNs, so the gauge is way off. With a regular sock on DPNs I’ll cast on 72 and have a perfectly fitting sock for an adult. With this needle, though, I cast on 72 and ended up with monster socks (easily converted into mittens early on, so I don’t care if they’re super loose). That’s a huge snag when I first got them.

    Even knitting a pair of mittens on them and the gauge never tightened. While I’ll keep to DPNs for my socks, these work marvelously for mittens!