How to Sunday - Joining when Knitting in the round {Knitting}

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Knitting in the round is something I end up doing a lot - for beanie hats (here, and here) and jumpers (here) - and every time there is the issue of joining all these stitches (on DPNs or circular needles). Is there a right way or a wrong way to do it? Probably not, but you know when it is wrong, well I certainly do.

But the 'knit two together' method is fairly simple and gets me a nice result every time - and therefore has not stopped me looking (and making) projects knitted in the round. Here is how I do it... I am sure other knitters have other methods - please let us know in the comment box, would love to try other methods as well.

You must first cast on (or pick up stitches) to have a foundation of stitches on your double pointed needles or circular needles just as you would for straight knitting. Evenly distribute your stitches over 3 or 4 needles. 

Cast on the number of stitches your pattern calls for, plus one (ie, if the pattern says to CO 72, you'll CO 73).

With the cast-on edge pointing away from you, slide the first cast on stitch to the end of your left needle, and the last cast on stitch to the end of your right needle, so both are ready to be worked.

Slip the last cast on stitch off of your right needle back onto the left needle.

Knit those 2 stitches (the last and first cast-on) together. This will bring your number of stitches down to the correct amount. 

Place a marker so you can easily identify the beginning of the round. Begin Knitting!


  1. I will try this next time. I usually flip flop the first and last stitches.

  2. I do it your way oo, Nat. It makes for a nice even join.

  3. Thanks for the explanations Nat!

  4. Nat, you always manage to make these things look clear and easy! Have you thought about videos?! I'm sure you'll be great at it...Caterina

  5. It is lovely and simple. I think I'll have a go with it next time ... I usually go for Barbara Walker's more fiddly, slip one to right needle, yarn to front, slip two to left needle, yarn to back, slip one to left needle, place marker ... It's secure with no gaps but the trick is to get the tension just right to match the rest of your knitting ...