Join in the Round

Circular knitting is the preferred method used to knit most socks and hats.  It is so popular that many knitters choose circular knitting for sweaters since it eliminates most seams from the garment.

A circular knitting pattern will ask you to cast on the required number of stitches and then “join in the round”.  This phrase causes confusion for many first time circular knitters.  The process is really quite simple and will open the door to the world of circular knitting.

I hope after watching this video that you will be tempted to try knitting in the round.  (Hint – socks!)

9 thoughts on “Join in the Round

  1. I’m trying to knit my first Mobius scarf — circular needles — and the pattern says to join then twist … I don’t understand (1) what to twist: the needles, the stitches? and (2) how much. Then, if things are twisted, what do you knit or purl into on the 1st row thereafter? P.S. I lack spatial perception… 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for all of these videos and information. I am a knew knitter and your posts are always the easiest to follow when I am trying to teadh myself. Right now I am trying to teach myself to knit in the round and the pattern I am trying to follow goes like this. 1. Cast on x number of stitches. 2. Join in the round. 3. Round 1: *kb1, p1* to end of row.

    My question: Is the first kb1 in round one what I use to do the join in the round? Or do I knit one to do the join and then start the pattern?

  3. Hi!
    Of course your’s is (almost!) the only place I go to when I get to learn something new – greatly appreciate the link to the magic loop! Except for this one thing – see below – I always end up here. Thanks so much!

    I’m mainly writing because I wanted to tell you I have stumbled on a cast-on that is now my favorite, altho the last stitch as simply looped over the cast-on needle is less than perfect. It is called the Chinese Waitress Cast-On. It takes much more time to do than other methods, like the lovely Long Tail, but it remedies the variable stitch size that results from my natural clumsiness. Gives me a really nice bottom edge.
    All the best, and thanks; it is such a blessing to have your elegant tutorials by my side!
    Happy knitting and Happy Teaching!

  4. A 36″ needle is too long. The stitches will not be able to stretch across that length of cord. You could knit the hat with your needle using the Magic Loop method. Check out my video for a tutorial. Good luck with the hat!

  5. I am a new knitter, I’m starting my first hat and am joining in the round now. I have discovered my round needle is the correct size (10) but the length is 36 inches instead of the 16 inch size I was supposed to be using. Since I don’t have this size can I still start my project, then join onto the correct sized round in a few days? Thanks

  6. I am so glad I was able to help you. I used the long tail cast on for the cast on and it is also a video available on my website. Happy knitting!

  7. Hi, I have just begun to start knitting again after a many year break and found this video sooo helpful when I was trying to figure out how to join in the round. I was curious what type of cast on method you used in this video? I love the braided look on the edge and want to use that for the beanie I am making, thanks!

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