Circular Knitting: Two Methods
Circular knitting is also called knitting in the round, and oftentimes the knitter is only facing the knit stitch. Do circular knitting with circular needles or double-pointed needles with tips from a knitting teacher in this free video on knitting in the round.
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When you knit a hat in the round, or anything in the round, like socks, or sometimes even sleeves, you're going to be working with either circular needles, so that you have your needle tips on either end, and the cord that brings it together, and you can work in the round. So, you just keep knitting in a circle, by going round and round. So, often your only facing the knit stitch. Okay? Another way to knit in the round, which was the only way to knit in the round before circular needles, is double pointed needles. Now, with double pointed needles you're going to cast on your stitches, and your needles will make your circle, and then you'll use another needle to knit them off, to go around and around, and you will have to use those when you make the crown of your hat. So, you'll have to be able to use both, and that's where it comes into being a good technique, to learn how to use your double pointed needles, because those can be a little bit clumsy and a little bit intimidating to use and, when you start your hat, you're going to be working on your circular needles, you'll work up to the crown, and that's when you'll shift to the double pointed needles.