Often what happens when people first knit in the round, on circs or dpns, they knit on the needles that are farthest from them rather than nearest to them.
So when you're doing it so the knits come on the outside, the needle you're working from is toward you and the other needles are away from you.
Same with a circ. The needles are near you and the cable is away.
I hope you can picture that!
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