The bag closes like a portfolio or can hang open. I promptly filled the lower portion with dpns & bigger dpns, though the left sections are tall enough for 14" straights. Used the right pocket for cable needles and stitch holders, and you can see an inherited u-shaped cable needle getting ready to escape, having moved about during the grand photo shoot. To the right are snaps suited for holding circs (see the blue set tucked into the pocket that is behind the actual pouch/pocket with the accessories. "Is that the only circular needle?" the viewer might well ask.