Knitting Thru April – J is for Joining in the Round

Phew!  I didn’t think I was going to get today’s post done in time.  I had such a hard time with the letter J.  The only thing I could think of joined and I had such a hard time figuring out how to illustrate it without a dozen photos.  I finally settled on joining in the round. Then I had a devil of a time getting my circular needles to cooperate with the photo shoot. Fortunately, I finally prevailed.

J is for Joining in the Round

Joining in the round is a technique used to connect circular knitting for hats, mittens, socks and even seamless sweaters.  I personally love circular knitting. It’s so easy to keep going in a circle without having to turn the work and go back and forth.  It makes for quick knitting, which means a finished project.

For joining in the round you cast on the number of stitches from your pattern.  Then you want the left needle to be the beginning of your cast on edge, the first stitch you put on the needles.  The right needle will hold the last stitch you cast on as well as the yarn leading to the ball that you will knit from.

Connect yarn from right hand needle to the first stitch on the left hand needle.

Don’t twist your yarn.

Twisting your yarn will cause the knitting to have a twist in it that you can’t fix after the first row. By the time you realize you have twisted your yarn you will need to rip the whole project out and begin again.

Place a marker* and insert the right hand needle into the first stitch on the left hand needle. Knit as usual.

Once you are joined you continue knitting around.

*Most instructions tell you to place a marker at the beginning of the round.  I usually skip the marker and use the tail as my indicator of where I am.  It’s one less thing to move when you are knitting.

So that’s joining in the round. This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Hop around to see what others are writing about and make some new friends.

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