Circular Needle Hell

I have made several hats in the flat now…didn’t have any circular needles. But got two pairs for Christmas and want to make a flippin’ hat in the round. Can I do it? No I can’t! :grrr:

What am I missing?!?!?


what i was always missing is that you have to turn the work so that the working yarn is in your right hand, and the stitches you want to knit INTO are on the left. knit the right into the left, and you should have a join. Does that help? :shrug:

well what is happening to keep you from knitting them in the round (I get so cranky when i see a flat pattern for a cute hat…hmph!)

How long are the needles?

Including the cord… they need to be 16 in tip to top unless you are using a different method like Magic Loop or 2 circs.

Um…never thought about measuring the needles. :oops: I guess I’ll do that next.

I think I am getting caught up on the knitting into the other stitches thing. I feel like a moron. :pout:

So, I take my needles, and I flip them? So I start back at the beginning of the row of cast on stitches? Or do I cast on, knit a row, then start in the round?

What am I not getting?!?


Have you watched the video for knitting in the round on circulars? It would probably clear up any confusion. As already mentioned… needle length is also key.


Oh, doh! Why didn’t I think of that? :oops: I’ll do that later (when I am not supposed to be working).


Misty, if it helps, maybe I can try explaining it a little. Cast on your stitches just like you normally would onto the needle. If you knit right-handed English style (that is, you hold your yarn with your right hand), your cast-on stitches and your yarn would be on your left needle, right? Well, to knit in the round, you will want to put the needle with the cast-on stitches in your right hand, and you will beginning knitting this way. It will seem awkward at first, but after you knit the first stitches, the yarn will still be held in your right hand, so you’ll get over that having to switch the needles part quickly. You will still hold your yarn in your right hand and everything, and the yarn will automatically join itself together “in the round”. The only thing is to be careful not to twist the stitches–that is, make sure all of the bottom of the stitches are hanging the same way. Sometimes when you knit in the round and go to join the work, the stitches can get twisted, and the only way to fix it is to rip out your work. :hair:

My first couple of hats I knit flat because I was really scared about trying double-pointed needles, but I’ll tell you, there is nothing like knitting a hat in the round. It’s MUCH easier once you get the hang of it–your hat is instantly done–no seams to sew up or anything, just a few ends to tuck in (which you’d have to do anyway even with knitting flat), and in order to do stockinette stitch in the round, you don’t have to purl one row and knit the other row–all of your knitting is just plain knitting with no purling! :cheering:

The only other thing I can think of to tell you is to put a stitch marker before you knit your first stitch. When you are ready to make your decreases, you will need to know where your first stitch was. You can use a contrasting piece of yarn as a stitch marker–it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. When you knit that first stitch, what I always like to do is pull it a little bit tightly for the first few rounds since this is where you’re joining the work together, and for some reason, mine seems a bit loose those first rounds; you want your work to look even throughout. Definitely check out Amy’s video on knitting in the round–she also has a great video on double-pointed needles too which I used to get over my “DPN phobia”! :teehee: Good luck!

Thanks for the info. I am checking out Amy’s vid now.

[color=blue][b]I am doing a shawl on circulars and I do find it somewhat awkward but my Knitter Friend told me “ignore the cord” just pretend it’s just two needles … I found that helped … I’m not real sure about how “cookworm” explained it … I cast on my stitches to my right needle and I just continue on, turning my work … so if I were knitting say a hat or sweater where you keep going in a “spiral” I would turn the work so I am putting YO from my RIGHT hand? Did I read that right??

Also for using a stitch marker, if you are using a piece of wool, make sure it’s very much a contrast to your work … another friend of mine has made an extra stitch for herself by knitting the marker into her work!!! I use plastic thingies …


I wonder if I’m missing something. I just finished a sweater bag that was knit in the round.

If you knit in the round, you don’t have to turn the needles. The stitches go around and around. The yarn always stays in the same hand (depending on if you’re a continental or English knitter).

Maybe I’m jumping in when I shouldn’t…

I’m sure the videos will help immensely!

When you work in the round, you don’t turn the needles. After you’ve cast on, stretch the stitches out along the needle so the first on you cast on is at the left tip and the yarn going to the skein is on the right tip. Then begin knitting off the left needle, making sure you pull the first couple stitches tight so you don’t have a gap at the join. Then just keep knitting around and around…


Watched the video. Totally get it now. I don’t know why that seemed so intimidating!


Yep, that’s what helped me. I kept putting off trying to knit in the round, due to fear. I watched Kim’s video (actually, ALL of videos) and I’m not hooked on knitting in the round.

[color=red][b]Ohh … ok … probably because I’m not knitting in the round, I’m just using circular needles like straights.


Well, then you just knit it in the round instead of flat! :teehee:
That’s what I did with the hat and legwarmers I made for Christmas gifts. I only had to do a wee bit of adjusting, but I’ll take that over seaming them up anyday! :teehee: