My first circular knitted project~finished!

Here’s my first hat I’ve ever knitted on circular needles. It was from a pattern in Knit Grrl, pgs. 54&55. It turned out ok, but, I have questions.
What should I have done to prevent the open stitches, looks like a ladder, from happening, between my double-pointed needles?
Also, what can be done to minimize or get rid of that jog in the stitches, when joining another color in the round?
And, can I stitch the hole, left by the ladder made btwn dpns, shut, or should I just leave it alone?


Here’s the hole left by the ladder made between dpns:

The laddering thing mostly just takes practice. You can try pulling the first and second stitches tighter after you switch needles. You can also try knitting with Magic Loop or two circulars for small diameter knitting as they don’t usually leave ladders. Both techniques are in the advanced technique videos on the tabs at the top of the page.

I don’t see why you can’t sew up the holes with matching yarn if you are careful.

As for the jog…circular knitting is a spiral so it’s the nature of the beast. However there are methods that do help. Here’s a few different links with different methods to try.

Good Job!!! Hole on top… awww… who will see it!! :muah:

I just viewed magic loop. It KIND OF looks like making an I Cord.
Looks do able.
Thanks for the tip.:wink:

Thanks for the compliment! It’s nice to get encouragement. It really is. :star:

good job! the hat looks great even with imperfections! i personally have used magic loop and gotten ladders also. the only solution i’ve found is just to knit the last couple stitches on the needle you are working on and the next couple stitches on the next needle tightly.

Nice job, Photolady. Groovin’ on the Mets colors. Personally, I like to work with two circular needles and just pull tightly at the ends (I also tend to skip the whole start with double points [dps] move to circular needle part too). After washing and wearing the garment the ladders generally work themselves out (if they are not to huge). For minimizing the jogs noticeability I use Meg Swansen’s jogless jog technique. If you google Meg Swansen and jogless you should be able to find instructions on how to do it.

I agree - great job even with the imperfections - ESPECIALLY since it’s your first project on DPNs!!

:thumbsup: Great job!!

I LOVE the colors you chose! That hat looks so cute!

About the ladders I get them if I don’t move my knitting. When you come to the end of one needle knit one or more stitches on to that needle from the next. Then start with the free needle, also I try to NEVER start a new needle with a purl. Right now I’m working on a hat for my husband and it’s k2p2 spiral ribbing. I like to keep the ribs together so that means I’m moving 4 stitches at a time.

Does that make sense?

That sounds like what I will do.

Sorry, those are Florida Gators colors! Chomp, chomp! Go gators, beat them dawgs!

I will google Meg Swansen, thanks for the tip.:mrgreen:

Nice colors, and cute hat.

I think you did a great job for your first circular knitting. I’m about to make a hat for the first time too and I hope mine turns out half as good as yours did.

Your work is very nice and even! You have a perfect stitch! Love the colors, too!

I really like that hat. If your careful, you can just stitch up that hole part and nobody will notice.
But hey, I like it! GREAT WORK! :thumbsup:

Very nice job!

Even if the colors are gator blue and orange…

WAR EAGLE! :teehee: