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Old 02-07-2006, 08:46 AM   #1
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HI folks,
I was given a Denise interchangeable knitting set for Christmas and so far I've been zipping up lots of items with them doing straight knitting. I've now got the feel of them and they are fabulous to work with. Now it's time to attempt my first circular pattern. I've been trying to find as many tips as I can on eliminating the gap or hole at the first join. Naturally now that I'm looking for tips I can't find any in detail.... I've read that casting on an extra stitch and then K2tog can work but I haven't found this successful. I also read something about slipping the first cast on stitch to the L hand needle and bringing the last cast on stitch through it to the R hand needle with a crochet hook to get a tight twist? If anyone has some tips that really work I'd be so grateful as I'm ready to go with my 2nd handbag pattern!
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Old 02-07-2006, 09:02 AM   #2
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well what I do is cast on one extra stitch and slip the last stitch to the right needle, knit the next stitch, and pass the slipped stitch over. and then if there is a tiny little gap left i stitch that up with the tail when i am done.
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Old 02-07-2006, 10:04 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by brendajos
well what I do is cast on one extra stitch and slip the last stitch to the right needle, knit the next stitch, and pass the slipped stitch over. and then if there is a tiny little gap left i stitch that up with the tail when i am done.
Thank you for that tip. I'll give it a try - it sounds like just the ticket!
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Old 02-07-2006, 01:19 PM   #4
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Wow, Brendajos! That's such a great tip! I've been knitting with circs for awhile now and usually always end up with one baggy stitch. Next time, I'm going to try it your way. Thanks!
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i can't take credit for it...i am pretty sure i learned it from Femmy! or at least that is what i understood her method to be when i read it! :rofling:
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I've never had trouble with a gap when joining on circular needles. I've only had the problem on DPNs. Give it a try, you may not have a problem at all.
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Old 02-07-2006, 06:24 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
I've never had trouble with a gap when joining on circular needles. I've only had the problem on DPNs. Give it a try, you may not have a problem at all.
DPN s?!!!
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The closest I've gotten to DPNs is to gawp at them from a safe distance in the shop - after I've checked that they're still tightly wrapped up in hard plastic and card.

One day I'll have a mad moment I'm sure and have a go, but for now I'm happy to keep stabbing away with circulars - to date they haven't tried to bite me.

Thanks for encouraging me though, that's what I like so much about this forum.

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Jan (yep, me too!)
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Old 02-07-2006, 11:54 PM   #8
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I actually used them successfully the first time this week, but I don't plan on making it a habit. I'd rather use magic loop or two circs for small diameter knitting.
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Old 02-08-2006, 06:47 AM   #9
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I'd rather use magic loop or two circs for small diameter knitting.
I'm just coming across these 2 methods - I'll definitely try them when I've got into the swing of circulars (doing an impression of Twister without the coloured dots). I haven't been knitting that long and am self taught so there's an element of mind over matter in trying new techniques but it's worth the effort.

I'll be back looking for 2 Magic Circular Loops and a Rabbit in a Hat tips!



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I knit the first, "joining", stitch using both the working yarn and the cast-on tail; then drop the cast-on tail and use only the working yarn for subsequent stitches. I've really been satisfied with the result!
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