How to join knitting in the round

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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Last Updated: Monday, August 13, 2012

Our very own Jeanne stars in this knitting instructional video demonstrating how to join knitting in the round. We hope you enjoy it!

How to join knitting in the round

Below are three different methods that can be use to join your knitting in the round. There are probably many other methods but these are very common and simple to do. All three methods work on both double points and circular needles. Pick the one that makes the most sense and works best for you.

For all methods:

  • Make sure your stitches are not twisted and that they are all going in the same direction. Usually it's best to make sure that the cast on ridge is all around the inside of the circle that you make when your needle tips are held together ready to begin joining.
  • Move your working yarn to the back.

The first way to join knitting in the round is Jeanne's favorite.

  • Take the first cast on stitch on your left needle and slip this stitch onto the right hand needles as if to purl.
  • Then using the left hand needle catch the last stitch you cast on (this is the second stitch in from the tip of your right-hand needle) and lift it over the first stitch and onto your left-hand needle.
  • You've just exchanged the places of the first and last stitch, crossing them at the join.
  • The join is complete and you can now start knitting your pattern.

The second method is to cast on one extra stitch, slip this extra stitch to the left-hand needle without twisting it and knit it together with the stitch now next to it.

The third method is to just start knitting.

Note: When you use this technique there will be a little notch or gap in the edge of your knitting. To help minimize this gap, pull the first stitch tightly. Then when you are finished knitting use your tail to duplicate a chain stitch to match the rest of the edge and close up the gap when you're weaving in the ends. The join will be virtually invisible once you do this.

There you have it! Three great and simple ways to join in the round!

Posted by Laura of Jimmy Beans Wool

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