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How to Join the Round on Double-Pointed Needles

Learn how to join the round on double-pointed needles from circular knitting expert Jessica Kaufman in this Howcast video.

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So, with double-pointed needles, it's a little less straightforward. You're going to go ahead and cast on your key number of stitches onto one circular needle. So, for this, I've cast on 30, because that's really, really easy to distribute on three needles. So, all 30 are here, and then this is the last stitch, the most recent stitch, that I've cast on, on this end. I'm going to be working off of the right side of the needle. This is stitch number one. This is my most recent stitch. So, starting from the right side of the needle, I'm going to take an empty needle, and I'm going to slip one-third of the stitches as if to pearl. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. So, now I've got 20 and 10. I'm going to let that one just hang loose. I'm going to pick up another empty needle, and I'm going to do the same thing. I'm going to start right there from stitch number 11. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten stitches.

Slip as if to pearl. And now, I'm where I was with my short circular needle. I've got all of my stitches cast on in a row, evenly distributed, and I'm ready to join to knit in the round. So, I have to position it exactly the same way I did before. I've got my most recent stitch with the yarny ends coming down in my right hand, and I've got stitch number one in my left hand. Now, because we're going to be knitting with double-pointed needles, I want to not knit these stitches back onto this needle, which means I'll have 10 over here and 20 over there. I want to pick up my empty needle, and I'm going to stick it into stitch number one, and then connect to join to knit in the round. Don't worry if they're kind of falling all over the place. They won't in just a second. I'm going to connect to join to knit in the round by knitting the yarn that's coming from the most recent stitch onto the empty needle.

And now I'm passing the stitches from the full needle on my left side to the empty needle on my right side. So I'm going to show you that one more time, because that can be a little tricky to understand. Just undoing it. So, right now I've only got three needles. Everything is nice and lined up ten, ten, and ten. This is stitch number one, the first stitch I cast on, and this is my most recent stitch. So, what I want to do is not join to knit in the round with the needle that's holding the most recent stitches, but join to knit in the round with the new needle. I'm going to stick it in before I do anything else. I'm going to grab the yarn with the ball end, not the tail end, and connect by knitting the first stitch. So, I'll go ahead and finish this needle and show you what it looks like when it's all connected. Nine, ten. There we have it. You're now knitting in the round on double-pointed needles.

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