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Old 06-09-2014, 05:12 PM   #1
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Need help again-flat knitting on circular needles
Okay, I casted on 157 stitches and knit my first row. I turned my work around and started to knit again. There is about an inch of yarn connecting the start and finish. Should this be here?

I feel silly asking, but I think I'm still doing something wrong.
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Old 06-09-2014, 05:52 PM   #2
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I'm not quite sure where the extra inch of yarn is. It doesn't sound right but a photo would help.
If you mean an extra inch between the finish of row 1 and the start of row 2 then rip back (tink) to the beginning of row 2 and start the row again tugging slightly on the yarn so that you don't have the extra yarn.
Or maybe that's not it.
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:27 PM   #3
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It sounds like maybe you accidentally joined to knit in the round rather than knit flat. Make sure when you turn that all your stitches are on the left needle including the working yarn. The right needle will be empty just like when you're knitting with two separate needles.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:53 PM   #4
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Did you catch the tail in with your stitches?
Ask me why I thought of that.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:58 PM   #5
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I am so frustrated! I did a sample with only 10 stitches on the circular needle, and it worked fine. I then proceeded to recast my 157 stitches, knitted the first row, and again there is this one - to- two inch of yarn connecting the two.(first to last stitch) I feel like just cutting it in two, tying a knot and proceeding, but I know this is not the right way.
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If it's joined so it's actually circular then you are probably starting with the working yarn on the wrong side. Make sure it's coming from the left needle. Slide all your stitches to one end and then turn so the right needle is empty. There will be nothing to join.

What size cable are you using?
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Yes, and what size needles are you using?
What cast on did you use? Does pulling on the tail left after the cast on help shortern the extra inch of yarn?
Is the extra yarn coming from the last stitch of row 1? Sometimes the last stitch of a row can be loose and it helps to knit into the back of that stitch to tighten it up.
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Old 06-10-2014, 01:35 PM   #8
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Something that helped me when I first had trouble with knitting flat on circulars was these 2 things: (assuming you are using the long-tail cast on)

1. Tie a piece of BRIGHTLY colored yarn into a bow at the end of your cast on stitches before you start knitting. (at the opposite end of where you will start knitting) This will help you to know where to STOP knitting and turn the needles around at the end of a row.

2. With a long-tail cast on, to knit flat, push the stitches towards the end of the needles where the "ball" yarn is hanging from. You will want to start knitting into the last stitch you cast on. To knit in the round, you will knit into the 1st stitch you cast on.

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I don't know how to fix your current problem, except to tell you to rip it all out and start over.
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