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Old 06-19-2007, 02:44 AM   #1
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Joining circular knitting
How can I make the joining point look better? I remember reading about doing something at the beginning when you join with your first stitch that makes it look better. Any suggestions or techniques would be appreciated.
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:12 AM   #2
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There's probably a better way, but what works for me (with my limited experience) is to use the tail of yarn to close up that little gap when I'm weaving in the ends. I know alot of people knit in the tail when they start a project, but I leave it to be weaved in for this reason when I'm knitting a circular project.
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:44 AM   #3
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That works, or you can knit the tail together for the first few stitches very tightly. Some people like to cast on an extra stitch and then k2to to close at first, but I find I still get a stretch this way. Here's what I have found gives the MOST perfect and invisible join:
Switch the first and last stitch in place. So the first caston stitch goes onto the needle beside the last stitch. Now use a crochet hook to pull that last stitch off its needle and onto the other needle, where the first stitch used to be before you moved it. They have now switched places. (Or you can move the last stitch to be next to the first, and then hook the first off onto the other needle, doesn't matter which) and knit the first few stitches tightly just to be sure.
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If you want to be *really* lazy, you can just ignore it. While I'm knitting the piece, I think that funny looking join is so obvious people can see it from space. But after I'm finished and I've worn the item a time or two, I don't notice it at all. I try to make it look as good as possible, but the tricks I've tried haven't given me results that I was any happier with in the long run.

But I'm weird...my knitting isn't something I obsess about too much. I knit because I enjoy knitting. I want it to look good, but if I get too fussy about little things, I won't enjoy it any more.

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I usually join normally and knit the first row. Then on the second row if I need to I knit the tail in with a tug for a few stitches. When I'm done I weave in the tail and clean up that edge if necessary.
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:42 PM   #6
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I don't know if this applies to knitting on circulars as well, but when knitting on dpn's, I have found it helpful to knit the first stitch onto the final needle of the circle. In other words, if you are knitting with five needles, before you start knitting the first round with the fifth needle, knit the very first stitch of the round with the fourth needle and leave it on the fourth needle as you continue knitting. This means there will be one more stitch on that fourth needle than on the other needle, and if counting stitches is important, just make sure to put a stitch marker there before knitting that very first stitch. This has given me surprisingly smooth and strong joins.
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I cast on one extra stitch and then slip the first cast on to the right needle and pass the extra cast on stitch over it. It totally closes the join.

Sometimes, if I am using a seed or garter stitch border I will knit a few rows straight, join and sew up the teeny "seam". This works well if you have a hard time keeping the first row from twisting too.
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Originally Posted by redwitch View Post
That works, or you can knit the tail together for the first few stitches very tightly. Some people like to cast on an extra stitch and then k2to to close at first, but I find I still get a stretch this way. Here's what I have found gives the MOST perfect and invisible join:
Switch the first and last stitch in place. So the first caston stitch goes onto the needle beside the last stitch. Now use a crochet hook to pull that last stitch off its needle and onto the other needle, where the first stitch used to be before you moved it. They have now switched places. (Or you can move the last stitch to be next to the first, and then hook the first off onto the other needle, doesn't matter which) and knit the first few stitches tightly just to be sure.
I tried your suggestion of switching first and last stitch and it is so easy and looks so good. Thanks a bunch.
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:10 PM   #9
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If you want to be *really* lazy, you can just ignore it. While I'm knitting the piece, I think that funny looking join is so obvious people can see it from space.
I'm so happy I'm not the only one that feels that way!
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