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Old 05-25-2007, 09:16 AM   #1
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Changing a pattern from flat to circular
Im hoping to start this pattern soon: and was wondering if I could do it on circulars to the armhole, then put the back on stitch holders while I worked the front and vice versa.

But I would have to mark where I started so that I could change the patterns for the different rows, right, since it alternates K-P each row?

Or do you think it would be simpler and come out better if I did it with straights and joined the seams?

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Old 05-25-2007, 09:43 AM   #2
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I think anything knit in the round is easier than flat.

You'd have to eliminate the edge stitches since you won't need them for seaming.

If you work from the chart, you can just read the black boxes as purls and the white as knits and you won't have to reverse anything.
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Old 05-25-2007, 09:44 AM   #3
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It would adapt to the round very easily the way you described (placing markers for where the front and back are joined). Knit round to the armholes and finish the front flat, then the back and join at the shoulders.

If I were doing it (and I might because this is an adorable pattern ) I wouldn't even move the back stitches to a stitch holder. I'd use a 40" circ and just leave those stitches on the cord while I was working on the front.

You would simply follow the chart pattern as drawn, because you would be starting from the same side each time. The reversing would only come in if you were knitting back and forth on straights.

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Old 05-25-2007, 10:24 AM   #4
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Also, just some tips:

-Arans and Lacy sweaters need to be done flat, because they need that seam for stability, plus, if you knit an aran in the round, that's a huge piece to haul around on a circular needle, especially up near the neck.

-Fair isles and colorwork (not intarsia) sweaters need to be done in the round, because you can always see the pattern.

Anything else, like plain stockinette, texture, or a small cable panel, can easily be converted to knitting in the round. It's just a matter of figuring out patterns, and working out the stitches.
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Old 05-25-2007, 06:54 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the great tips!!! I think I would like to do it in the round because Im not very good at seaming :rollseyes: and I think it would be more comfortable to wear as well. I also like the 3 needle bind off ( is that what its called for finishing the shoulders? well, you know what I mean )

This is definitely going to be my next project! Brownishcoat - let me know if you do it as well and be sure to post pix!


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Old 05-26-2007, 01:12 AM   #6
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Well, stranded colourwork like FI can be done flat, but purling with 2 colours is a real bitch, plus not watching the pattern makes it tricky. That's why many people knit in the round and then cut where necessary (a steek).
If you don't think the seam looks useful for the shape of the piece, feel free to knit it in the round. In fact this would be my preference wherever possible.
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