HELP! I knit in the round by accident!

I can’t explain why or how I did this, but I knit the first 5 rows of a baby blanket in the round on circular needles when it should have been done flat. I know how to switch from knitting in the round to knitting flat, but I don’t how (or if) I can remove the “join” from the first 5 rows. Thank you so much for any advice you can give me.

Hi, welcome to KH. I think your only fix is to rip it back to where you joined to work in the round and reknit it. I’m sorry I can’t give you an answer you’ll like better. Maybe someone else will know how to work it out another way.

Welcome to Knitting Help!

The only thing you can do is frog it (rip it) back and start over or at least to the point of joining. Next time be careful where your working yarn is when you turn and start knitting. To knit flat the working yarn must be onthe left needle with all the stitches.

Thanks for responding so quickly. I was afraid I was going to have to rip it out, but like you said, I don’t like the idea of ripping out over 800 stitches…I’ll keep my fingers crossed that there’s an alternative, but I won’t get my hopes up.

Thanks again and have a great night.

800 stitches?! What pattern are you using?

It’s the reversible block motif baby blanket. I cast on 161 stitches and joined the first 5 rows when I should have knit flat.

I’d love to see it if you have a link.

I’m not sure there’s any other way to fix it. :shrug:

I agree with Jan and GG, ripping back is painful but really the best solution. (You’re not going to be happy with steeking and the edges will never look quite right.)
I think this is the pattern, It looks like garter stitch for the first several rows, is that correct? Did you get garter stitch when you were knitting in the round (alternating knit and purl rounds) or did knitting every round give you stockinette stitch?
It’s an adorable blanket and since there’s so much work ahead, it’s worth getting the initial rows correct. Somhow it always re-knits more quickly than you think and then you’re on your way again with a perfect blanket.

You could sew two lines and cut between them to ‘steek’ the stitches, but the result will be noticeable and with the wear and tear a baby blanket gets, there’s no guarantee that it will hold up in the long run without unraveling.

Hopefully by now you’re well on your way to a reknit flat blanket.

Thank you all so much for the guidance and advice. I wish I’d found this forum sooner!

I couldn’t open the other link, so I pasted a picture of the blanket here.

It calls for seed stitch which I got; I think I was so used to knitting in the round that my brain took a vacation while my hands worked.

Anyway, hopefully today I can make a good deal of progress…Thanks, everyone and have a great day!

That’s beautiful. Starting again and doing it right is best. I’m sure you’ll be glad you redid it. We’d love to see photos when it’s done, as you go along too.