Kara’s Quick-Knit Tip: Circular Knitting

Now that you’re ready to dive into knitting in the round, here’s a quick reference guide so you can get started!

Step 1: Cast on the desired number of stitches onto the needle, just as you would using straight needles. Start practicing with a 16-inch circular needle.

Step 1

Step 2: Spread the stitches evenly across the needle, and make sure they are not twisted. Good rule of thumb is to look at your circular needle, and make sure your cast on “ridge” faces toward the inside of the needle. By doing this, you’ll easily see which stitches might be twisted around the needle.

Step 2

Step 3: Hold the circular needle so the working end of the yarn is on the right-hand tip of the needle, and the first stitch you cast on is on the left-hand tip of the needle.

Step 3

Step 4: Place a stitch marker on the right-hand needle. The marker is between the first and last stitch you cast on and marks the beginning of the round.

Step 4

Step 5: Using the working end,  knit the first stitch on the left-hand needle. This is the first stitch you cast on.

Check out my latest Creative Knitting video for another way to join at the beginning of the round.

Now, just keep knitting all the stitches, sliding them along the needle as you work them.  When you reach the stitch marker, slip it to the right-hand needle, then keep knitting. It’s that simple!

Knit until your tube is the desired length.

Take your pick from 50+ seamless and circular knits in Creative Knitting’s special interest issue: No-Sew, Circular & Seamless Knits. Grab yourself a copy here.


2 Responses to Kara’s Quick-Knit Tip: Circular Knitting

  1. jan canfield says:

    don’t I need to “join” the stitches before I start knitting?

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