How to Knit in the Round

By Contributing Writer

Knitting in the round allows you to knit things such as hats and sweaters without having to seam the sides. It allows you to spend all of your knitting time actually knitting and not putting your pieces together which is something that many knitters dread. This article will show you how easy this technique is to do on circular or double pointed needles.

Cast on the desired number of stitches to either double pointed needles or circular needles.

Place a stitch marker on the right needle right after the last stitch that you cast on. This is important so that you can keep track of when you finish each row.

Slip the first stitch you cast on from the left hand needle to the right hand needle.

Slip the second stitch on the right hand needle (the last stitch you cast on) over the first stitch and on to the left hand needle.

Pull tightly on the yarn to secure your stitches.

Knit according to the directions in your pattern.

Cast off according to the directions in your pattern.

Tip

If you are using lace or sock yarn, consider using bamboo needles to prevent your work from slipping off the needles.

Warning

Be careful not to twist your stitches. You want all of the cast on edge to point the same way. Otherwise part of your work will be knitted inside out.