How to Knit and Join Yarn Using Circular Needles

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Knitting with circular needles can be fun and easy, especially if want to create projects without seams such as hats, purses, tote bags or socks. For stockinette patterns, knit all stitches instead of the traditional knit-purl combinations. To create seamless projects, you must join the yarn between your cast on row and your first knitted row. Read on to learn how to knit and join yarn using circular needles.

  • Cast on stitches onto your circular needles just as you would for straight knitting.

  • Confirm your cast on stitches by counting them. Verify that the cast on amount matches the pattern.

  • Straighten out all stitches on the circular needles before you join the yarn.

  • Hold the circular needles with the tail of the yarn in your right hand. Place a stitch marker on the right needle.

  • Knit or purl the first stitch from the left needle. Then pull the yarn firmly so that you will not create a hole in your project.

  • Knit or purl the entire round until you come to your stitch marker. Use the stitch marker to gauge the beginning of each row.

Tips & Warnings

  • To join yarn using circular needles, make sure the yarn extends from the needle in your right hand.
  • You can knit with circular needles without joining, just as you would knit from straight needles. After the cast on row, simply knit or purl with the tail of the yarn in your left hand and knit as if you were using straight needles.
  • Straighten the cast on stitches before you join the yarn. If you do not straighten the stitches, your work will become crooked, and the only way to remedy the crooked row is to rip out the stitches.

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