- Why knit in a circle?
- How to cast on for circular knitting
- The basic knit stitch in a circle
- The basic purl stitch in a circle
- Increasing and decreasing stitches in a circle
- Joining new yarn in a circle
- Binding off in a circle
- Tips for circular knitting
- Projects to try with circular knitting
- Troubleshooting circular knitting
How to Knit in a Circle – It’s not as hard as you think! Follow these simple steps and you’ll be knitting in a circle in no time.
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Why knit in a circle?
There are a few reasons why you might want to knit in a circle instead of back-and-forth on straight needles. One is that it cuts down on the amount of seaming you have to do later. When you’re finished, you just weave in the ends and you’re done!
Another reason is that it can help your garment keep its shape better. Knitted fabric has a tendency to grow and stretch, especially when it’s wearing and being used. If you knit a scarf or hat back-and-forth on straight needles, it will likely end up longer and narrower than when you started. But if you knit in a circle, the fabric will stay the same width all the way around.
Of course, there are some things that are just better suited to being knitted in a circle, like hats, cowls, and socks. So if you want to try your hand at circular knitting, here are a few tips to get you started.
How to cast on for circular knitting
Casting on for circular knitting is a bit different than traditional casting on methods, but it’s not difficult once you get the hang of it. There are a few ways to do it, but the most common method is to use a provisional cast on. This method uses a temporary yarn to hold the stitches while you knit, and then the temporary yarn is removed and the live stitches are picked up on the needles.
To start, you’ll need a piece of waste yarn and your knitting needles. The waste yarn should be a contrast color from your actual project yarn, so that you can easily see the stitches. Make a slipknot with the waste yarn and place it on one needle. Then make a loop with the project yarn and place it over the needle, so that the two yarns are crossed in the middle.
To cast on, hold the needle with the slipknot in your left hand and insert the needle with the loop through the Slipknot from front to back. Then wrap the project yarn around this needle clockwise (from left to right), making sure that you keep tension on both strands of yarn.
Now poke the point of this needle through the first loop on the other needle (the one without any knots), coming out at the back of this second loop. You should now have two loops on your right-hand needle.
Wrap the project yarn around this needle clockwise again, making sure to keep tension on both strands of yarn, and poke through to come out at front of second loop again. Now you should have three loops on your right-hand needle. Continue in this manner until you have cast on all of your stitches.
The basic knit stitch in a circle
To knit in a circle, you will need to use a circular knitting needle. These needles have a cord that is inserted through the center of the needle, which allows the stitches to slide freely and makes it possible to knit in a continuous circle. The process for knitting in a circle is the same as for knitting on straight needles, but you will need to pay attention to the tension of your stitches so that your work does not become “lop-sided.”
To begin, cast on the desired number of stitches onto your circular needle. Make sure that the tail of your yarn is long enough to weave in later. Join your work by placing the first stitch that you cast on over the top of the last stitch, and then knit the first stitch and pull it tight. You have now joined your work in a circle.
Knit each stitch until you have reached the end of your row. To start the next row, simply turn your work so that the needle is positioned in your left hand and begin knitting the stitches as usual. You will continue in this manner until your work has reached the desired width or length.
The basic purl stitch in a circle
The purl stitch is one of the most basic knitting stitches. It is created by working a stitch through the back loop of the stitch instead of the front. This stitch is often used in combination with the knit stitch to create different patterns and textures in knitting projects.
To knit in a circle, you will need to use a circular needle. This type of needle has a cord connecting the two ends of the needle, allowing you to knit in a continuous circle. You can also use double-pointed needles, although this can be more difficult for beginners.
To purl in a circle, start by making a slip knot and placing it on your needle. Then, insert the needle into the next stitch on your left-hand side and purl it through the back loop. Repeat this process around your circular needle until you have reached your starting point again.
Increasing and decreasing stitches in a circle
As you knit in a circle, you will occasionally need to increase or decrease the number of stitches to create the desired shape. In this guide, we will show you how to increase and decrease stitches while maintaining the integrity of your knitting.
When you increase stitches in a circle, you are essentially adding new stitches into the fabric of your knitting. To do this, you will need to use a second needle or crochet hook to create the new stitches.
There are two common ways to decrease stitches in a circle:
-The first is by knitting two stitches together. To do this, insert your right needle into the next two stitches on your left needle as if you were going to knit them together. Then, simply knit them together as you would normally and let the excess yarn fall off the needle.
-The second way to decrease stitches is by slip stitching. To do this, insert your right needle into the next stitch on your left needle as if you were going to knit it. Then, Slip this stitch off of the left needle and continue with the next stitch as normal.
Joining new yarn in a circle
When you’re knitting in a circle, you’ll occasionally need to join a new skein or ball of yarn. You can do this without creating a hole in your fabric by using the following method:
1. Cut the yarn you were using, leaving a tail about 6 inches long.
2. Tie the new yarn around the old yarn, forming a loose knot.
3. Insert your left needle into the first stitch on the right needle as if you were going to knit it. Then, using your right hand, take hold of the tail of the new yarn and pull it through that stitch (as if you were making a knit stitch). You should now have two loops on your left needle.
4. Drop the old yarn tail and continue knitting with the new yarn as usual.
Binding off in a circle
Binding off in a circle is a great way to finish a circular project, like a hat or cowl. It’s also useful for transitioning from knitting in the round to working back and forth in rows. You’ll need to bind off stitches at the beginning and end of each row, but the process is basically the same as binding off stitches on a straight needle.
To bind off in a circle, start by knitting two stitches together through the back loop (tbl). Then, knit one stitch and pass the first stitch over the second stitch (k2tog). Continue in this way until you have one stitch left on your needle. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, and pull it through the last stitch to secure it.
Tips for circular knitting
Circular knitting is a great way to create projects like hats, sweaters, or afghans without having to sew the pieces together. When you’re first starting out, it can be a bit tricky to get the hang of it, but these tips will help you master circular knitting in no time.
The first thing you need to do is choose the right type of needles. For most projects, you’ll want to use circular needles, which have a pointed tip at each end and are connected by a cord in the middle. This cord allows the needles to move freely as you work and prevents your work from becoming too tight. You can also use double-pointed needles (which are not connected by a cord) for small projects like socks or mittens, but they can be more difficult to work with.
Once you have your needles, you’ll need to decide on the right stitch pattern. There are many different stitch patterns that can be used for circular knitting, but some of the most common are stockinette stitch and garter stitch. To make stockinette stitch, simply knit all of the stitches in each row. For garter stitch, alternate between knitting and purling each stitch (knit one stitch, purl one stitch).
Once you’ve chosen your stitches, it’s time to start knitting! To do this, simply hold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand and the other needle in your right hand. Then, insert the right needle into the first stitch on the left needle and knit it as usual. Continue around until all stitches have been worked.
When you reach the end of a row, simply turn your work so that the empty needle is now in your left hand and continue knitting around as before. When you reach the end of another row, turn your work again so that the full needle is back in your left hand—this will prevent your work from twisting.
Keep working until your project reaches the desired size, then bind off all of your stitches using any standard bind-off method. After binding off, cut your yarn leaving a tail long enough to weave in later. Finally, thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and weave it through all of the remaining stitches on both needles—this will secure them so that they don’t come undone.
Projects to try with circular knitting
If you’re looking for some fun projects to try with your circular knitting needles, look no further! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites, from beginner-friendly hats and scarves to more challenging afghans and sweaters.
Whether you’re just getting started with circular knitting or you’re a seasoned pro, we think you’ll love these patterns. So grab your needles and get started on one of these great projects today!
-Basic Ribbed Hat
– stockinette stitch hat
– textured hat
challenges: intarsia hat, stranded colorwork hat
– garter stitch scarf
– seed stitch scarf
challenges: lace scarf, Mobius scarf
Afghans and Blankets:
– basic granny square afghan
– ripple afghan
challenges: log cabin afghan, intarsia blanket
Troubleshooting circular knitting
If you are having trouble knitting in a circle, there are a few things you can try. First, make sure that your yarn is not too tight. You should be able to slide your needle easily through the stitches. If your yarn is too tight, it will be difficult to knit in a circle and your stitches will be very tight. Another thing you can try is to use a circular knitting needle. These needles have a pointed end and a blunt end, which helps to keep the stitches from sliding off. Finally, if you are still having trouble, you can try using two needles instead of one. This will give you more control over your stitches and help to keep them from slipping off of the needle.