How to Knit a Circle

How to Knit a Circle – a step by step guide with photos.

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Introduction

knitting a circle is not as difficult as it may seem at first. With a little patience and practice, you will be able to knit perfect circles every time.

There are two methods that you can use to knit a circle: the traditional method and the magic loop method. The traditional method involves using multiple double-pointed needles (DPNs), while the magic loop method uses a long circular needle. Both methods are explained below.

What You’ll Need

-a medium weight yarn in any color
-a pair of size 9 US knitting needles
-scissors
-a tapestry needle

Casting On

Circles are usually one of the first projects people attempt when they start knitting, and for good reason. They are simple to make and only require the basic knit stitch. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to cast on and knit a perfect circle.

Materials:
-1 skein of worsted weight yarn
-US Size 8 knitting needles
-Tape measure
-Scissors
-Yarn needle

Instructions:
1. Start by casting on 4 stitches onto one needle using the long tail cast on method. You can also use any other cast on method, but the long tail is the easiest for beginners.
2. Knit all four stitches.
3. Now it’s time to increase your stitches. To do this, knit into the front and back loops of the first stitch on your left needle, then knit into the front and back loops of the second stitch (2 stitches increased). Repeat this step until you have 8 stitches on your needle. At this point, you can switch to knitting in the round if you’d like, or continue working back and forth in rows like you have been. If you are working in rows, simply turn your work after each row is complete. Otherwise, slide your stitches to the other end of your needle so that you can keep knitting in a circle.
4. Now it’s time to increase again! This time, increase by knitting into the front loop only of the first stitch (1 stitch increased), then knit into both loops of the next stitch (2 stitches increased). Repeat these steps until you have 12 stitches on your needle. You should now have a smallcircle that is starting to take shape.
5. Continue increasing in this manner – 1 stitch increased, then 2 stitches increased – until your circle is as big as you’d like it to be. For reference, my finished circle was about 6 inches in diameter (18 stitches). To finish, just bind off all of your stitches inknitwise and weave in any loose ends.

The Knit Stitch

The knit stitch is the basic building block of all knitting, so it’s important to understand how to do it correctly. The knit stitch is made by inserting the needle into the front loop of the stitch on the left needle, then wrapping the yarn around the needle and pulling it through to the front. You will now have one stitch on your right needle. To make a second row of stitches, simply repeat this process.

The Purl Stitch

The purl stitch is one of the most basic and essential stitches in knitting. It’s used to create texture and dimension in your knitting projects, and it’s also used in combination with other stitches to create more complex patterns.

To purl stitch, you will need to hold the yarn in your left hand and the knitting needle in your right hand. Insert the needle into the front of the first stitch on the left-hand needle, then wrap the yarn around the needle clockwise. Now, using your right thumb and index finger, guide the wrapped yarn from front to back through the loop on the needle. Pull the wrapped yarn through the loop on the needle, and then slide the resulting stitch off of the left-hand needle. You’ve now completed one purl stitch!

Increasing Your Stitches

The number of stitches you have on your needle will determine the size of your finished circle, so it’s important to know how to increase and decrease the number of stitches you’re working with. The most basic way to do this is to add or remove stitches from your needle as you go along.

To add a stitch, also called “casting on,” simply take your working yarn and loop it around the needle once. This will create a new stitch on the needle, and you can pull the yarn tight to secure it. You can repeat this process as many times as you need to in order to increase the number of stitches on your needle.

Conversely, to remove a stitch, or “cast off,” simply knit or purl two stitches together. This will create one loop on your right-hand needle that is bigger than all the other loops. You can then slide this loop over the top of the next stitch and off the needle altogether. You’ve now removed one stitch from your needle!

Decreasing Your Stitches

As you approach the end of your knitting project, you will need to start decreasing the number of stitches on your needle. This is typically done by working two stitches together (k2tog for knit stitches or ssk for purl stitches). When you have decreased down to the last stitch, cut your yarn and pull it through the loop to secure.

Joining Your Work

After you’ve knit a few rounds, you’ll need to join your work so that the circle doesn’t have a big hole in the middle. To do this, simply slip the first stitch you knit onto the right needle. Insert the left needle into the front of this stitch and knit it together with the next stitch on the left needle. You’ve now joined your work in a seamless circle!

Finishing Your Circle

Assuming you have joined your yarn in the center of your circle and worked outwards, you will now need to finish your circle before you can move on to the next step. To do this, simply knit a few stitches together until you have only one loop left on your needle. Cut your yarn, leaving a long tail, and pull the tail through the loop to secure it. You can now weave in the end or use it to sew together another piece.

Helpful Tips & Tricks

There are many ways to knit a circle, but some methods are better suited for different projects. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get started.

For a basic circle, start by casting on 4 stitches. You can use any type of stitch, but a knit stitch will give you a nice, tight edge.

Increase your stitch count by 2 every other row. To do this, simply knit into the front and back of each stitch. After a few rows, your work will start to curl. This is normal and will even out as you continue knitting.

Once you’ve reached the desired circumference of your circle, begin decreases. To do this, knit 2 stitches together across the row. You’ll need to do this every other row until you’re left with 4 stitches total.

Finally, cut your yarn leaving a tail measuring about 6 inches long. Use a tapestry needle to thread the tail through the remaining stitches and pull tight to close up the hole in the center of your circle. Weave in any loose ends and you’re finished!

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