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shaherring
01-06-2009, 12:55 AM
Ok. I'm somewhat new on the circulars and double pointed needles but I thought I had a pretty good understanding until I came upon this pattern for a felted bowl I want to make. Here's the link to the instructions http://knitwithkt.blogspot.com/2007/08/40-years-felted-bowl.html

Anyway, it says to Cast on 5. Join for knitting in the round and place marker. (I'm using circulars) Do I have to use the magic loop method to start? or two circular needles? If so I thought you had to have an even number of stitches to divide by. I'm thrown on the joining part.

I know there's a simple answer but I can't figure it out. Thank you for any help!!!:aww:

Instructions:
Cast on 5 stitches. Join for knitting in the round, and place first marker to denote beginning of row.
Row 1: Knit in front and back of each stitch [Kf&b] (10 sts).
Row 2 and all even rows: Knit all stitches.
Row 3: (Kf&b; place marker) 10 times (20 sts)
Row 5: (Kf&b; K1) 10 times (30 sts)
Row 7: (Kf&b; K2) 10 times (40 sts)
The general idea is that you will knit in the front and back of the first stitch after the marker, then knit to the next marker, and repeat. Continue working this pattern until there are 200 stitches (20 stitches between each marker).

suzeeq
01-06-2009, 01:04 AM
It doesn't matter about odd/even number of sts, its okay if you have 2 on one side and 3 on the other. You can CO with 10sts, or knit the first row flat with the incs and then join, that works too and you can use your tail to close up any gap. You can use dpns, circs or ML. One trick I learned with casting on a small number of sts for working in the round is to put them on only 2 dpns to start, and use a 3rd to knit with until you get more sts, then add the 4th needle. With 2 circs, split the sts however and push them to the ends of one circ and use the end of the other circ to knit the first row, then use them in whatever combination works until you have about 20 sts or so. With ML, it's about the same, push half the sts to the left needle, loop and half the sts on the other side of the cord and loop the right needle to start knitting with.

shaherring
01-06-2009, 01:11 AM
Thank you so much!!! I knew there was something I was missing. You're a gem.