First Time Using Circular Needles!

Hello All,

I am in a bit of a panic! I’ve just started a new knitting project (a baby blanket for my soon-to-be niece or nephew) and the pattern is on circular needles.

I’ve just worked my first three rows, but now I’m wondering if I’m not going to end up with a tube! It looks like all of the rows are joined together…i don’t know why the pattern calls for circular needles, when I can probably just as easily do it with regular needles.

Does anybody have any advice? Please let me know.



I to am using circs for the first time.
I think you are not supposed to join the ends. Instead, once you are done a row, turn your work and then knit onto the other side as if they are separate needles.
Using circs, you are able to get a tonne of stitches on them for sweaters, blankets etc so that is why they say to use them. You are accually to knit flat, but on the circs. I hope this helps.
I’m doing a sweater for dh that will zip at the front so it is open and knitt this same way as a blanket would be, until I get to the yoke.

If you’re knitting a blanket or something flat, you don’t join, just turn at the end of the row like you do on straight needles. The circ is to get a larger number of stitches on and as it grows it won’t weigh down your arms being more comfortable to knit it.

I think that you are supposed to make a tube, I’ve seen patterns this. The final result will be a double thick, extra warm, extra cushy blanket. Is there any type of boarder on it? If there is then it was not meant to be a tube. I use circular needles all the time to knit straight, just remember to turn as when you get to the end of the row.

It depends how the pattern is written. Unless it says `join’ right after the cast on, it’s knit flat.

Yes, it depends on what the pattern says. There are even blankets that are knit in the round (usually to facilitate stranded knitting) and then cut to make them flat. I don’t suppose you are doing that though.

Also,look at the instructions. If it’s written as Rows, for example:
Row 1:
Row 2:
then it’s knit flat- no joining.

If it uses Rounds, for example:
Round 1(or Rnd 1):
Round 2(or Rnd 2):
then it’s knit as a tube, aka “in the round”.:thumbsup: