You can knit in the round with either a set of double-pointed needles or a circular needle. If you’re using double-pointed needles, start by casting on the required number of stitches onto one needle. Join the yarn, being careful not to twist the stitches, and knit a few stitches onto the second needle to secure the end. You’ve now got two stitches on two needles, and you’re ready to start knitting in the round.
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What is Knit in the Round?
Knitting in the round is a method of knitting that allows you to create seamless pieces- like hats, sweaters, and even afghans! When you knit in the round, you are essentially creating one long tube of fabric made up of your stitches. You can use either double-pointed needles (DPNs), circular needles, or magic loop to knit in the round. If you are new to knitting in the round, check out our tutorial below on how to join knit in the round.
The Benefits of Knitting in the Round
Knitting in the round is a fun and easy way to create beautiful, circular projects like hats, sweaters, and afghans. And, because you’re only working with one side of the fabric at a time, it can be a great way to avoid purling altogether! knitting in the round also has some great benefits:
-There are no seams to sew up at the end of your project.
-Your fabric will have a more professional-looking finish.
-You can try out new stitch patterns without having to sew in a seam afterward.
-It’s easy to add or remove stitches if you need to adjust your gauge.
The Materials You’ll Need
In order to knit in the round, you will need a circular knitting needle and the correct type of yarn for your project. You can use either a long circular needle, also called a cord, or a set of short circular needles. The cord is useful for projects that are large or have many stitches, such as sweaters or afghans. Short circular needles are better for smaller projects, such as hats or socks. You will also need a tapestry needle to weave in your ends when you are finished.
The first step is to select the right size needle for your project. The most important thing is to make sure that the needles you choose are the same size; otherwise, your gauge will be off and your finished project may not fit properly. If you are using a long circular needle, you will also need to determine the length of the cord. The most common lengths are 16″, 24″, and 36″. For smaller projects, such as socks, you may want to use a shorter cord so that it is easier to control.
Once you have gathered all of your materials, you are ready to start knitting!
Casting On for Knitting in the Round
Casting on is the process of creating your first stitches on your needle in order to start knitting. When you knit in the round, you will need to use a special type of cast on called the long-tail cast on. This method is also known as the yarn-over method. It is called the long-tail cast on because you will need to estimate about 1 inch of yarn per stitch that you plan to cast on. For example, if you are using size 8 needles and want to end up with 20 stitches, you will need to leave a tail that is at least 20 inches long.
The Knit Stitch
The knit stitch is one the basic stitches in knitting and is used to create the fabric of your project. It’s made by inserting the needle into the front leg of the stitch below, wrapping the yarn around the needle (counter clockwise), and then drawing the yarn through both loops on your needle. You’ve now made one new stitch!
The Purl Stitch
The purl stitch is an important part of joining knit in the round. This stitch is used to create a nice, smooth edge on your work. It’s also used to make patterns in the fabric of your knitting. The purl stitch is made by inserting the needle into the stitch from the back to the front, then wrapping the yarn around the needle and drawing it through to the back.
Increasing and Decreasing Stitches
When you knit in the round, you can increase or decrease the number of stitches on your needles to shape your fabric. You might do this to create a slanted edge on a triangle scarf, for example, or to make a sock fit snugly around your ankle.
There are several ways to increase and decrease stitches when you knit in the round. The most common method is to use “make one” or “M1” increases and decreases.
To M1 increase: With the LH needle, lift the strand between the last stitch you knit and the first stitch on the LH needle from back to front. Place this lifted loop onto the LH needle and knit into it as if it were a stitch. You have now increased by one stitch.
To M1 decrease: With the RH needle, pick up the strand between the last stitch you knit and the first stitch on the LH needle from front to back. Place this picked-up loop onto the RH needle and knit into it together with the next stitch on your LH needle as if they were one stitch. You have now decreased by one stitch.”
Binding off is one of the most essential skills for finishing any knitting project. It’s also one of the easiest things to do once you know how. Whether you’re binding off a hat, sweater, or anything else, the process is always the same. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to bind off knit in the round.
1. Start by knitting the last two stitches of your row together.
2. Then, use your right needle to lift the first stitch over the second stitch and off of your left needle. You’ve now bound off one stitch.
3. Repeat step two until you’ve bound off all of the stitches on your needle.
4. Cut your yarn, leaving a tail that’s long enough to weave in later, and pull it through the remaining loop on your needle to secure it.
There are a few finishing touches that you should be aware of when joining knit in the round. This will ensure that your fabric lays flat and looks uniform.
First, you’ll want to make sure that all of your stitches are facing the same direction. This can be accomplished by gently tugging on each stitch until it lines up with the rest.
Once all of your stitches are aligned, you can begin joining them together. To do this, you’ll need to insert your needle into the first stitch on the left-hand needle, then into the first stitch on the right-hand needle. From here, you’ll yarn over and pull through both stitches (as if you were making a knit stitch). Continue until all stitches have been joined.
After joining, you can begin working in a spiral around your project. It’s important to keep track of your rows when working in the round, as it’s easy to lose count. You may find it helpful to place a marker at the beginning of each row so that you can easily tell where one row ends and another begins.
Knitting in the Round Projects
Knitting in the round is a popular technique for making everything from hats and socks to sweaters and blankets. If you’re new to knitting in the round, it can seem daunting, but it’s actually quite simple once you get the hang of it. In this guide, we’ll show you how to join your yarn and start knitting in the round so you can make beautiful projects like the ones featured below.
Before you start, you’ll need to gather a few supplies. You’ll need a circular knitting needle in the size recommended for your project, a skein of yarn, and a tapestry needle. You can also use double-pointed needles (DPNs) if you prefer, but we find that circular needles are easier to use for most projects.
Once you have your supplies gathered, it’s time to start knitting! To join your yarn and begin knitting in the round, simply follow these steps:
1. Cast on the number of stitches required for your project using your chosen method. For example, if you’re making a hat, you would cast on enough stitches to make the brim of the hat.
2. Join your yarn into a circle by holding the end of the yarn with your right hand and the working end of the yarn with your left hand. Insert your right needle into the first stitch on your left needle and knit them together.
3. Continue knitting around until all stitches have been worked and you have a complete circle of stitches on your needle. Be careful not to twist your work as you join it into a circle; otherwise, your stitches will be twisted and difficult to work with later on.
4. Place a stitch marker on your needle to mark the beginning of your round so you can keep track of where you are in your pattern. We like to use brightly colored markers so they’re easy to see; however, any type of marker will do.
5. Start working in whichever stitch pattern is required for your project; for example, stockinette stitch or garter stitch. Knit all stitches until you reach your marker again; then move the marker up to indicate where one round ends and another begins. Continue working rounds until your project is complete!