Friday, 28 February 2014

Knitting on Circular Needles Tutorial

Hi and welcome to the Wool Nest. I thought  I'd share this tutorial with you as it formed part of a free pattern I designed some time ago for Bricks Magazine, to make a gorgeous cowl, modelled by my equally gorgeous daughter. The pre-launch issue can be viewed for free and my Bricks Cowl pattern is on page 57: Bricks pre-launch issue

Knitting in the round on circular needles creates a tube of knitting without a seam. This tutorial shows how I start to knit in the round (there other methods you can use). This is my preferred technique as it's virtually invisible and creates a nice neat edge. 

Knitting on Circular Needles:

Your pattern should specify the length of circular needle that you require. Cast on the number of stitches as stated in your pattern. Spread the stitches out around the circular needle making sure they are not twisted, then bring the needles together, as shown below, with the right side of knitting facing you.


Next, join the round as follows:

1. Insert the tip of the right needle knitwise (as if to knit it) into the top stitch on the left needle and slip the stitch from the left needle to the right needle:

2. Insert the left needle into the front of the second stitch on the right needle:


 3. Lift this stitch up and over the first stitch on the right needle - similar to casting off but leave the stitch on the left needle (the top stitches on each needle are now crossed). Place a stitch marker over the tip of the right needle (it will sit between the two crossed stitches - see image below). The stitch marker will identify where one round ends and the next round begins. Slip the stitch marker at the end of every round.


4. Start knitting according to your pattern instructions. Note, because the top 2 stitches are twisted, they are a little tight when knitting.

I hope this helps and encourages you to try knitting on circular needles. Happy Knitting, Lynne x

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