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Old 02-17-2013, 07:07 PM   #1
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Joining on circular needles!
So, I'm still a newbie to knitting, but being possessed of a very compulsive personality, I have now managed to start several WIPs and to give myself symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. This started when I began purling with circular needles, as I have been knitting flat on them. I have finished a scarf and a 2 hats (that FIT!!) but frogged multiple things and have stayed up until 2 a.m. several times knitting ("Just one more row!"). Moderation isn't my thing, clearly. I would like to stop purling, so clearly I need to join the circle so I can just knit, knit, knit.

So the big question is, since I like to make hats for the time being, how do I join on circular needles? I mean, I can figure out how to join, but the size thing mystifies me. FI, if I am making a hat for a 22 inch sized head, and the knitting needles are 24 in., then how will that work? I can see that I am going to have to start magic looping, I guess.

Now if I can figure out what to do about my aching thumbs! I love knitting, but it's killing me, LOL. I am used to falling hard skiing, and getting bucked off horses, but that seems like sissy stuff compared to my ravaged hands and wrists!!

Words of wisdom, anybody?
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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I'd guess you're tension is really tight. If so, you need to work on loosening up some, that will be easier on your hands, wrists, arms, in fact your whole body.

I think 16" circs should work well for hats. Or you can go longer and do ML. Here's a good video on how to join your stitches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ajp...e=results_main
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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Wow, GG! That's a great video. I will give it a try tonight. I agree that I have a problem w/ tension in my arms, neck and shoulders. I consciously try to keep the stitches loose and they seem to be OK tension-wise. Maybe I should have a glass of wine before I start knitting.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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Well a hat to fit a 22 inch head will be an inch or so smaller so that it fits nicely. You could start on the 24inch needles because knitting is stretchy but eventually you have to decrease sts for the crown. Then the 24 inch needle won't work. You could look at the videos under Advanced Techniques, Small Diameter Knitting. There are videos for Magic loop, dpns or two circulars that you can watch. One or more of those may work for you.
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So is that a situation where you would bring in a smaller second circular needle (instead of the bajillion DPNs that make me break out in a cold sweat)?
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I always knit in the round with magic loop. I use 32" for socks or small things and I prefer a 40" for hats. I personally do not like single loop. It's personal preference.
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Originally Posted by jinxnit55 View Post
So is that a situation where you would bring in a smaller second circular needle (instead of the bajillion DPNs that make me break out in a cold sweat)?

Do you mean using 2 circs? Here's a video for that. http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/pl...rcular-needles

I love my KP interchangeables. I bet you'll love them too.
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If sometime in the near future you want to learn "how to knit the invisible join in the round" here's a like:


http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-knit...-in-the-round/

This has become my favorite way to join in the round.
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Marina1109-this is also a great tutorial. What did we ever do before the internet and YouTube?
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When joining in the round, this is what I do for that first stitch. I knit the first stitch with both the working yarn and the tail. I drop the tail and finish the round as usual with the working yarn. When I begin round 2, I have a double stitch now for that first one. I knit the two of them (working yarn and tail yarn) stitches together. Pull the tail tight. This closes up the gap. Pull the tail tight again for rounds three and four. After that, you don't have to. Continue knitting around and around and you will have no gap. To avoid ladders when switching needles, move the first stitch as close to the tip of the needle as you can get without it's falling off. Then knit as usual. The needle tips are tapered. Knitting that first stitch near the tip makes the stitch smaller and tightens it. Pull the yarn as tightly as you can while making that first stitch or two, then relax and finish the stitches on the left needle as normal. This works for both double pointed and circular needles using magic loop.

Another thing no one ever told me. I had to figure this out for myself because none of the magic loop or double point instruction videos tell you this. Always be sure your working yarn is coming from inside the tube or BETWEEN the two needles, not from behind the back one. If you place the working yarn behind the back needle, you will get an unwanted yarn over at the end. This will give you an unsightly huge gap where the work joins. Always be sure the yarn is placed BETWEEN the two needles when switching from one needle to the next.
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