OK - am trying to start my 1st hat!! I have the circular needles and cannot figure out how to "join", so if I cast on 60 stitches, how do I join the first and last, to make a circle?? Thanks!! I'm going crazy with this! Any other hat tips would be much appreciated, too!
Hi Monica! I had this problem too, when I first started - it took watching the video on here to get that I had to put the needle w/the working yarn in my right hand, then start knitting the last stitch to join the circle.
There's another thread on here somewhere on how to make the join tight - a common problem is that it's loose enough to look sloppy. My favorite is to switch the first and last sts, then knit them in order - there are at least couple more different ways to do it. Crud, can't find the thread right now, but it's on here somewhere.
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I knit a few rows straight and then join. Much less likely to twist the sts and it's easier to do when there is sts on the needles. To join, I just keep knitting, always have the same needle in my left hand and the same needle in my right hand.
Also, remember that your circ can't be a larger circumference than your project. If you're knitting a hat that needs to fit a 20 inch head, you can use a 16" circ, but NOT a 24" circ (the stitches wont reach around the needle). UNLESS you're going to use the 2 circ or magic loop methods. then you want longer circs.
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