Please Help! Beginner trying a circular project

Haven’t knitted since I was a kid, and when I went to the local knitting shop to get started on a small project, they suggested I try making a cowl with circular needles.

I did a long-tail cast on, but now I’m finding it impossible to join the round and start my first row.

I do a few stitches, but ultimately my right needle just ends up with loops of yarn around it that aren’t even knit.

I feel like I am making some kind of rookie mistake but I have been watching tons of videos and reading tutorials and, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what the problem is!

Anyone have any idea what I’m doing wrong here??

TIA for your help!

Are you using circular needles that are too long, whereas you can not reach the stitches in order to start the first row??

Can you tell us the name of your pattern and provide a link if possible? Don’t post the pattern here please it’s a copyright issue.

How long is your circular and how many stitches did you cast on? What weight yarn are you using? Cowls can be either small and fitted or long and twisted around the neck a few times. They would require different size circulars. For a small one you might be able to use 16" circs. For a longer one you will need longer circs like 32". It also makes a difference if you’re doing magic loop to make the cowl. For that you’d need longer circs. I use 40" for hats.

Thanks for your reply! The needles are 10mm, 60cm if that helps. They dont feel too long however they get a little tight when I try to start the row.

Thanks for your reply!

Here is a link to the pattern:

Though, honestly, after the trouble I’m having getting started, I might just do a simple knit the whole way through!

The circular is 10mm, 60cm (The people are the store who seemed very experienced picked them out for me, so I assume they are ok?).

I cast on 56 stitches.

Here is the yarn I’m using:é_Super_Bulky_Yarn.html

The cowl is a small one, not meant to be twisted around the neck.

For those of us in the US she’s using a US 15 - 24". The pattern actually suggests a 12mm needle which would be a US 17. Here’s a link to the pattern on Ravelry.

Using the smaller needle might make your stitches tighter which could then make it harder to join. Try knitting looser and see if that helps. If not this person actually used smaller needles (same size as you) and cast on one more repeat which you might need to do. She cast on 64.

Is it possible for you to get a picture of your needles and loopy yarn? I think actually seeing what’s going on would be helpfu.