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how do you start circular knitting?

March 12th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Knitting On Circular Needles

I want to make a ribbed cap
but i don’t know if I start right away doing the k2p2 or do knit stitch for one whole round then do k2p2
and should the cast ons be tight or not

For the cast-on, you want a looser stretchy stitch. I usually use the cable cast-on, but you use your favourite one. I sometimes cast-on in pattern, that is K1, P1 — although I much prefer the K2, P2 as it has more elasticity than the 1/1 rib.

You don’t knit one round in knit, since your first cast-on round is counted as a row, and it usually is all knit.

The real trick is making sure you don’t have your cast-on twisted at all. You will find out after doing 2-3 rounds, but then you have to start all over again. Doing every step carefully, and correctly, is the only way to complete any project in good time and to your satisfaction.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Marie T // Mar 12, 2010 at

    You can start right away doing the k2p2. Just remember to make sure your stitches aren’t twisted when you join the circle.
    Have fun!
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  • 2 ♥mat // Mar 12, 2010 at

    here’s a video showing how to knit on circular needles its basic and simple, it’s also showing how you’re stitches shouldn’t twisted, then you join the round and then you just follow along with k2p2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlNn2ph4HDc

    edit: cast on is just like you would do it on straight needles. it will look looser when slide on the cord but it is done the same way. keep the same tension on stitches.
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  • 3 hairbender // Mar 12, 2010 at

    For the cast-on, you want a looser stretchy stitch. I usually use the cable cast-on, but you use your favourite one. I sometimes cast-on in pattern, that is K1, P1 — although I much prefer the K2, P2 as it has more elasticity than the 1/1 rib.

    You don’t knit one round in knit, since your first cast-on round is counted as a row, and it usually is all knit.

    The real trick is making sure you don’t have your cast-on twisted at all. You will find out after doing 2-3 rounds, but then you have to start all over again. Doing every step carefully, and correctly, is the only way to complete any project in good time and to your satisfaction.
    References :

  • 4 vnelson85 // Mar 12, 2010 at

    start with the knit stitch and then do the k2p2.

    your cast on should be rather loose.
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  • 5 Kristin // Mar 12, 2010 at

    you can start right away by doing k2p2.

    also, check out this tutorial on circular knitting:
    http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45597
    References :

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