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05-27-2008, 06:34 PM
I'm a real newbie and am trying to make the pinwheel baby afghan. I have size 8 circular needles 29" long. It says to cast on 5 stitches, knit around?? Place marker to mark beginning of round HUH?? This means it gets joined right? The next round says make 1 stitch in each stitch (10 stitches) Does this mean knit in front and back as you do to increase? I've been trying to get this "joined" since 10 a.m!! HELP

05-27-2008, 06:47 PM
I dont know the pattern but if it is starting with only 5 stitches you will have to use another circular knitting method.
knitting in the round with a circular needle requires the stitches to fit comfortably all the way along the needle (and cable) so that when you form it into a circle to join they are not over stretched.
I would suggest trying DPNs (see the video on advanced techniques) to start of with. You cast on 5 stitches and divide the stitches over 3 DPNs (2 on two needles and 1 on the other) make the needles into a triangle so the join is at the top and the working yarn is coming fromt he right needle, then knit the stitches of the left needle using the fourth DPN. This creats a 'ring' of knitting. Kit all the stitches of this needle, then using the now empty needle knit of the next and so on until you have knit all 5 stitches.
The next round is an increase round. Make 1 is a specific type of increase, have a look in the gloassary for a better description and a video to show you how, but again work all the stitches as directed going around the needles.

Eventually when you have increaed enough, you will have enough stitches that you can comfortable transfer onto a circular needle.

05-27-2008, 07:08 PM
Starting with just 5 stitches you'll have to use either Magic Loop, two circs, or DPNs .

As for joining, the easiest join I know is to cast on one extra stitch. Slip one stitch from the right needle to the left, then slip the second stitch on the left needle over the first one (the one you slipped from the right) and off the needle (just like a bind off). It's now joined.

Another join method is to slip one from right needle to left (also would have to cast on one extra) and then just knit two together which also creates a join.

I prefer the bind off technique but both work.

05-27-2008, 07:12 PM
Uh Oh sounds complicated LOL I'll have to buy some DPN'S. I'm sure I'll have lots more questions!! thanks for the help.

05-27-2008, 07:14 PM
Sounds more complicated than it is.


05-27-2008, 07:20 PM
I am at present knitting my second pinwheel blanket and I use magic loop which to me seems much easier than using DPNS.

05-27-2008, 08:01 PM
Yes magic loop or two circs are another good way of doing the tiny circle at the start. I only didnt mention them, as they are not methods i use so they completely slipped my mind.
Sorry if it sounded complicated, i am not the best at describing things.

05-27-2008, 10:43 PM
Magic loop, or 2 circs or, with dpns, put the sts on only 2 needles, use the 3rd to knit with until you get more stitches on and can add the 4th needle. Then go back to the circ when the dpns get full. Or you can CO the 5 sts, then knit the increases (kfb is fine) flat, and join for the 2nd round.