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Casting On for Knitting in the Round (on Circulars)

August 17, 2013

::: How to Cast On for Knitting in the Round on Circular Needles :::

1. For a nice clean join, cast on 1 more stitch than the pattern calls for.
2. Lay out your knitting so you are sure you aren’t twisting your cast on (notice I put the cast on edge towards the inside of the needle. This way I know it’s not twisted).
3. Transfer the extra stitch from the right hand needle to the left hand needle, then place a stitch marker on the right hand needle.
4. Knit the first 2 stitches on the left hand needle together (the first stitch of the round and the extra stitch)

Cast on

Cast on. Put your needle down to make sure there are no twists in the cast on.

Cast on 1 extra stitch. Slip that stitch to the left hand needle.

Place a marker, then knit the extra stitch and the first stitch together (k2tog).

Once you have cast on, placed the beginning-of-round marker, and joined the work into a round, simply proceed to work the pattern as described.  Working in the round on circular needles is simple, just knit (or purl) around and around and around!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2014 11:39 am

    Yours are THE best videos. Watching them a couple of time, I can now cast on, knit and purl! I can finally join a church project to make lap quilts for American veterans. Thank you for posting these. They are absolutely fabulous.

  2. PERNETTE permalink
    February 23, 2014 11:48 pm

    puis avoir le modèle de bonnet expliqué en français

  3. October 26, 2013 10:10 am

    Clear pictures!!


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