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Old 05-22-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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circular needles - use tips PLEASE!
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!
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:01 AM   #2
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You simply start knitting. That's a join. The R needle will have your last CO st with the yarn from the skein, the L needle has the first CO st and you start knitting the 1st round.

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Old 05-23-2007, 12:20 AM   #3
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Also, remember to join WITHOUT TWISTING YOUR WORK. That is a big pitfall for beginning circular needle users.
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:04 AM   #4
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don't forget to put a safety pin or a stitch marker between your first and last stitches so you don't lose your place.
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:33 AM   #5
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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.

Good luck!
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:33 AM   #6
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I find the join between the stitches is completely eliminated when I switch the first and last stitches, each going onto the other needle, one going through the other.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:10 AM   #7
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Or CO 1 extra stitch and knit it together with the first CO stitch. I've been doing that and it does eliminate the gap you can get when working in the round.
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Old 05-23-2007, 09:30 AM   #8
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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.
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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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Old 05-25-2007, 02:45 AM   #10
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Or CO 1 extra stitch and knit it together with the first CO stitch. I've been doing that and it does eliminate the gap you can get when working in the round.
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I do this as well .. works great

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