How to Join When Knitting in the Round

A step by step guide with pictures on how to join your yarn when knitting in the round.

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Joining in the round

Joining in the round is a technique used to join two pieces of knitting together so that they can be worked in a continuous spiral. This technique is often used when knitting hats, socks, and other articles of clothing that are worked in the round.

There are a few different ways that you can join in the round, but the most common method is to use a slip stitch. To join with a slip stitch, you will first need to knit a few stitches onto one needle. Then, you will take the second needle and insert it through the first stitch on the first needle from front to back. Now, you will yarn over and pull the second needle through both the first stitch on the first needle and the loop on the second needle. At this point, you will have one stitch on each of your needles. You can now continue knitting in the round as usual.

Casting on

There are many ways to cast on when knitting in the round. The most important thing is to use a method that will give you a stretchy edge, as this will make it easier to knit the first row and prevents your work from becoming too tight.

One way to cast on is to use the long-tail method. This is my personal favorite, as it gives a nice, even edge. To do this, start by making a slip knot and putting it on one needle. Then, hold the needle with the slip knot in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. Make sure that the tail of the yarn is hanging over your left thumb and that the working yarn is over your left index finger. Now, use your right needle to go under the strand of yarn hanging over your left thumb, then over the strand of yarn on your left index finger and pull it through (creating a new loop on your right needle). Next, drop the loop off your left thumb and put it over the needle in your left hand. Finally, tighten up the new stitch by gently pulling on both ends of yarn. Repeat these steps until you have enough stitches on both needles (or just one needle if you’re using circular needles).

Casting on can seem like a daunting task, but it’s really not that difficult once you get the hang of it. Just take your time and be patient – soon you’ll be able to knit in the round like a pro!

Knitting in the round

Joining when knitting in the round is simple and easy to do. You’ll just need to use a slip stitch to join the ends of your work. Join as follows:

1. Cast on the required number of stitches for your project onto one circular needle. If you are using double-pointed needles, cast on onto one needle and then distribute the stitches evenly onto 3 or 4 needles.

2. Slip the last stitch you cast on purlwise with the yarn in front (wyif). This will be your first stitch (st).

3. Insert your second needle knitwise (kw) into the first stitch on the first needle (the one closest to the tip of the needle), yarn over (yo) and pull through both loops on the needle (2 loops will now be on your second needle), leaving the first stitch on the first needle. You have now made a new stitch (st) and joined in the round.

4. Continue in this manner, working each stitch on the first needle until you have worked all stitches, then slip the last stitch purlwise wyif with yarn in front to join.

Knitting with circular needles

Whether you’re making a small project like a dishcloth or a larger one like an afghan, sometimes it’s more convenient (or even necessary) to knit in the round. That just means you’ll be using circular needles rather than straight needles. You can use either double-pointed needles or a circular needle with two pointed ends.

Joining your work is simple: just make sure your stitches are loose enough that the needle can slide through easily, then slip the first stitch on the left needle over the second stitch and off the needle (as if you were binding off). Continue in this way until you have only one stitch left on the left needle. Now pull the tail of yarn to close up the gap, then knit that first stitch again to secure it. You’re now ready to start knitting in the round!

Knitting with double-pointed needles

It’s easy to join when knitting in the round with double-pointed needles. Simply slip the first stitch from the left needle onto the right needle. Then, take the second stitch from the left needle and knit it together with the first stitch on the right needle. Continue until all stitches have been joined.

Joining yarn

Joining yarn is an important step when you’re knitting in the round. You’ll need to join the yarn to create a seamless circle so that your knitting will lay flat.

There are a few different ways that you can join yarn, but the most common way is to use a slipknot. To do this, make a loop with the yarn and then insert your knitting needle into the loop. Pull the yarn tight so that the knot is close to the needles.

Another way to join yarn is to use a provisional cast on. This method is often used when you’re working with multiple colors of yarn. To do this, you’ll need to start by creating a slipknot on one of your needles. Then, add another needle and knit those two stitches together onto the new needle. Repeat this process until you have the desired number of stitches on your new needle.

Once you’ve joined your yarn, you can start knitting in the round!

Weaving in ends

Weaving in ends is an important part of finishing any knitting project. When you’re knitting in the round, there are a few different ways to weave in your ends so that they’re secure and won’t come undone.

One way to weave in ends is to thread the end of the yarn through a tapestry needle and then weave it in and out of the stitches on the needle. Be sure to go under both loops of each stitch so that the end is secure. You can also use a crochet hook to weave in your ends.

Another way to weave in ends is to knit or crochet a few stitches over the end of the yarn. This will secure the end and prevent it from coming undone. You can also knot the end of the yarn around a stitch on the needle.

No matter which method you choose, be sure to weave in your ends securely so that they don’t come undone.


There are a few things to keep in mind when finishing a project that has been worked in the round. First, cut the yarn leaving a long tail. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and weave it through the remaining stitches. Pull the tail tight to close up the hole, then secure the end by weaving it in and out a few times. Finally, snip off any excess yarn.


Blocking is a process of shaping your finished knitting project so that it holds its shape and looks even. It’s especially important for making lace and other openwork patterns look their best, but it can also be used to fix minor problems with tension or to even out stitches. Blocking can be done either wet or dry, but wet blocking is usually recommended for wool yarns so that they will retain their shape.

To wet block, soak your finished project in lukewarm water with a little bit of mild soap for about 20 minutes. Then rinse it in cool water until the water runs clear. Gently squeeze out the excess water (do not wring it out) and lay it flat on a towel. Use blocking pins to pin it into the shape you want it to be, then let it air dry completely.

Dry blocking is a little simpler – just lay your project out on a flat surface and pin it into the desired shape. You can use blocking wires or pins, but pins are usually sufficient. Let the project dry completely before unpinning and wearing or using it.


One of the most common questions I get from new knitters is, “I’m trying to knit in the round, but my stitches are really loose where I join. Do you have any tips for joining without making a hole?”

There are a few things that can cause this problem:

-Your tension is too loose. When you’re knitting in the round, you want to make sure that your stitches are nice and tight, especially at the point where you join. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a big hole in your work.

-You’re not using a needle that’s the right size for your yarn. If you’re using a needle that’s too small, your stitches will be tight and difficult to work with. On the other hand, if you’re using a needle that’s too large, your stitches will be loose and easily come undone.

-You’re not slipping the first stitch of each row. When you slip the first stitch of each row, it creates a nice little “bar” across the top of your work that helps to keep everything neat and tidy. If you don’t slip that first stitch, your work will start to look messy and unravelled.

-You’re not using a marker to keep track of your rounds. This is probably the most common mistake that people make when knitting in the round. It’s very easy to lose track of where you are, especially if you’re working on a project that has a lot of rounds. Using a marker will help you keep track of where you are so you don’t make any mistakes.

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