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How to Join the Round on a Circular Needle

Learn how to join the round on a circular needle from circular knitting expert Jessica Kaufman in this Howcast video.


So now I'm going to show you how to join to knit in the round. This is so easy and so fun, and it's what takes you from knitting flat to knitting circularly.

So now I'm going to show you how to join the knit in the round on a short circular needle. So here we have the short circular needle. I've already cast on enough stitches to stretch comfortably from point to point. They're not stretched out at all. They're nice and loose. I've got plenty of leeway here.

And what I'm going to do is I'm going to put the last stitch that I cast on, here I'll do one more. Cast on. My working yarn and my end yarn is coming from that last stitch.

I'm going to position the needles in my hand so that I've got that last stitch in my right hand. And my first stitch that I cast on, we'll call that stitch number one. We'll call this the most recent stitch. Stitch number one is in my left hand. Most recent stitch is in my right.

All you have to do to join to knit in the round is insert the right needle tip into stitch number one, and with the yarn that's coming from the most recent stitch, make sure you're not using the tail, you're using the ball yarn, I go ahead and knit stitch number one and now I'm connected to knit in the round.

It really is that easy. This is the method that I use for everything and it's never given me any problems.

Some people do this knit two together method where they would cast on one extra stitch than the number that they need, and then they do something like knit that stitch and then knit these two together through the back loop to make an extra strong join.

For me, that's just a little bit of extra work that I don't need to do.

And that' makes an extra strong join. But try it without. I like to just do the simple version.

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