Knit pattern, but without circular needle?

Total beginner here, as I try to attempt this as my first knit. I’m trying to knit “GAP-tastic cowl” from ravelry (/download/75848/free (sorry, can’t post links yet, add ravelry in front) and I was wondering if its possible to knit without the use of circular needle? I have two straight needles and how if that would change the pattern instructions?

If this is possible, where to get instructions/videos on the techniques involved to do this?

If you can’t get link to work I typed the directions below:
Long-tail method, CO 131 sts.
Join in the round and place marker.
Row one: *k1, p1. Repeat from * across row
Row two: *p1, k1. Repeat from * across row
Work in seed stitch for 15 inches
BO in pattern and weave in ends.


I looked at the PDF of the pattern on Ravelry and was a little surprised to see that the designer recommends only a 24" circular for 130 sts in bulky-weight yarn. Wow. Those are going to be some very crowded stitches!

She also gives a gauge of 3 sts and 5 rows = 1 inch in seed stitch (the alternating knit/purl pattern she’s given in the instructions). If you’re working this on straight needles, it might work to do it “sideways”; in other words, to case on for the width rather than the length.

The instructions say to knit seed stitch for 15 inches. If you crowd the straights a little bit (are they 14" long?), a 15" width will be OK. At 3 sts = 1 inch, you’ll need 45 sts for 15 inches. I think most people find it easier to work seed stitch over an even number of stitches, so either 44 or 46 will work (maybe 44, since that’s a little less crowding the needles).

Then go for 131 rows (the original number of stitches that were to be cast on), or as long as you want the cowl to be. You can then join the two ends in any of several manners and have a nice, long, full cowl. :slight_smile:

HTH, because where can you purchase circs this late on New Year’s Eve? Or do you have a friend who can lend them to you for a few weeks? (I’d ask for 32" at least, though, if not longer…)


You would probably need the circular to hold all the stitches even if you knit it flat and seamed it. But since it’s just a seed stitch pattern, CO for the ‘length’ of 12-15 inches and knit it until it’s 40" long or however you want. You can use a provisional cast on then a 3 needle BO to join the ends if you don’t want to seam.

hey knittingnewb,

did you end up trying to knit the gaptastic cowl with straight needles the way dogcatmom suggested?

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I agree with Sue that it might be difficult with straight needles.

It could be done with straight needles though, but knit the other way. CO enough for the 15" width and knit the length wanted, then join the ends.