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Circular knitting for beginners?

March 8th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Knitting On Circular Needles

I am just learning to knit in the round (I’ve got a pair of circular needles about 30", and I can knit a little tube using the magic loop knitting method).

What are some really easy circular projects? I found some patterns for socks and mittens online, but both of them seem pretty complicated (ie. I have no idea what a ‘gusset’ means).

Does anyone have an EASY pattern for socks, mittens, or anything else that is knit in the round?

The thing to do is just follow the directions and it will all make sense. Don’t read ahead and get in trouble! You are anticipating trouble when none exist. You must keep your focus on where you are now, not rows ahead, or rows back. This is very good for anything in life… stay in the here and now.

Socks are not very hard to do at all! I can do them in my sleep (and have so many times!!)… just follow the directions.

Mittens are very simple to do. It’s like a hat… with a smaller hat on the side. Do the "after-thought" thumb… it’s the simplest. A sock is the same… a tube with a bend in it. Again, do the after-thought heel — it’s the simplest way to do them.

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  • 1 Miz Lamb // Mar 8, 2010 at

    https://www.ravelry.com/account/login

    http://www.socknitters.com/Tips/heels_by_the_number.htm

    http://www.knittinggeek.com/howto/chooseheels.htm

    http://www.socknitters.com/lessons/afterthoughtheels.htm

    These should help learning to knit socks. You can find some really good video tutorials on YouTube also.
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  • 2 Wagashi // Mar 8, 2010 at

    Try a scarf or cowl. Scarves in the round are great because they’re double thickness and double warm. Plus, there’s no wrong side!
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  • 3 morgansparent // Mar 8, 2010 at

    Wine bags . . .when you bring a bottle of wine for a hostess gift!!!
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  • 4 Miz T // Mar 8, 2010 at

    A gusset is an additional triangle-shaped piece of fabric. In socks that "turn" the heel with a flap and a heel cup, the gusset is the side of the sock that is between the heel and the instep. It’s added after the heel flap is completed and the heel has been turned by picking up and knitting stitches along the side of the heel flap. It’s a lot easier to knit one than it is to explain how it’s done.

    Easy circular projects: This hat is easy: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70379AD.html?noImages= . For Magic Loop, just divide the stitches in half (30 sts on the needle tip, 30 sts on the cable) and do the shaping on half the stitches at a time.

    These kids’ socks are easy: http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cPatterns.freePatterns&pattern_id=000021 . The instructions are given for 4 double-pointed needles. Because the instructions refer to "Needle 1, Needle 2, and Needle 3," you might want to put a marker on the circ to indicate the center of the heel, which will be between "Needle 3" and "Needle 1."

    These adult slipper socks are easy: http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cPatterns.freePatterns&pattern_id=000027 .
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  • 5 hairbender // Mar 8, 2010 at

    The thing to do is just follow the directions and it will all make sense. Don’t read ahead and get in trouble! You are anticipating trouble when none exist. You must keep your focus on where you are now, not rows ahead, or rows back. This is very good for anything in life… stay in the here and now.

    Socks are not very hard to do at all! I can do them in my sleep (and have so many times!!)… just follow the directions.

    Mittens are very simple to do. It’s like a hat… with a smaller hat on the side. Do the "after-thought" thumb… it’s the simplest. A sock is the same… a tube with a bend in it. Again, do the after-thought heel — it’s the simplest way to do them.
    References :

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