Circular Knitting: Shaping the Crown

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In circular knitting, double pointed-needles are used to shape the crown of a hat. Shape the crown of a hat in circular knitting with tips from a knitting teacher in this free video on knitting in the round.

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So now, we're going to continue with our shaping for the crown using the double pointed needles. I've got my markers still spaced. They're not every ten stitches anymore, because we've been decreasing, but they're the same number stitches between markers, and I've got one marker made to look different, so I know the beginning of my round. So, just like before, knitting on the circulars, I'm knitting on the round, I'm just working off of the double points. So, I've got one needle that started out empty, and I'm going to work those stitches off the double pointed needle. I'm going to knit till there's two stitches before the marker, knit those two together, I'm going to pass the marker, and I'm going to continue this way around each needle. There I am, two stitches before, and you might have to manipulate the stitches, so the markers don't come off. I'll move my marker. So, now I've just got that one stitch, which is fine, move my stitches to the middle, so they don't fall off, and now I've got another empty needle. And, you always want to kind of pull that first stitch a little bit tight, so there's no gap. Here's the next decrease, knitting two stitches together. Move the marker. Knit to the next marker. Knit two together. Pass the marker. Slide those stitches to the middle. You always want to do that, so that they're not going to slide off. You move them out of your way. They get less clumsy with practice. Knit to the next marker. Pass that. And now, the last marker is the beginning and end of the round, depending how you look at it. So, now I've completed a round on the double pointed needle, and you can see that the shaping is coming up at the same diagonal, because we've just been moving that marker. Right there, and all the way around the hat. So, it just makes a nice look as you go along.

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