Monday, December 31, 2012

Knit in the Round on Circular needles

Here is a video with some basic info on using circular needles to knit in the round.

Two different ways you can join to begin working in the round, and if you accidentally begin knitting with a twist in the stitches, you can easily fix it on the first round.

Use this technique for hats, bags, sweaters and more.  If you have never used circular needles for knitting in the round, I encourage you to try.  It is not hard to do, but like everything else, will take practice and patience to become proficient.

You can get circular needles in many lengths, sizes and materials.  More on that here.


  1. Do you have any tips for straightening out the cord between the needles? I have one set of US 17 (Susan Bates) that just will not straighten out no matter what. I was thinking about heating the cord up in a bit of warm water and try to loosen the coils up, but I'm not sure if there's a better way. Any recommendations?

    1. Soaking the cord in warm water is the only way I know of to help straighten out the cords. There could still be some coil left though. That is why I stopped using Susan Bates and Boye - I couldn't stand the stiff cords!

  2. Thanks! I'll give it a go with the warm water. I just learned how to knit in December, so I needed to make sure I enjoyed it before splurging for a quality set of interchangeable needles/cords. I like the shorter "sticks" of the circulars -- they're easier on my hands than the more traditional-type needles.