I am considering trying a pattern which calls for using two sets of circular needles. I’ve never used circulars at all and am a little apprehensive. My pattern is not one that is worked in the round, however, I think the pattern calls for circulars because there are so many cast on stitches. I could be wrong. The pattern is for a thigh length, hooded tunic and the piece is worked sideways from sleeve to sleeve. It starts out below:
Beg at right sleeve band, with straight needles, cast on 96 sts. Work in k1,p1 rib for 3", end with a WS row. Mark beg and end of last row for beg of right front and back. Change to circular needle and work back and forth using 2nd circular needle. Cont in ST st, cast on 90 sts at beg of next 2 rows for beg of right front and back – 276 sts.
What is meant by “marking” the beginning and end of last row and why would I need to mark something – shouldn’t everything be configured correctly as long as I follow the pattern?
When I change to circular needles, am I just working back and forth like when I use straights? It seems that it would be harder because of the flimsiness of circular needles. And lastly, the pattern calls for casting on 90 stitches at the BEGINNING of the first two rows after changing to circulars. How would that be accomplished? The tunic looks simple enough, yet I’m not familiar with some of the pattern instructions. I think once I could get past the circulars I would be fine.