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Old 11-10-2007, 10:05 PM   #1
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Joining in the round question.
I am joining in the round by; moving my first stitch on the left needle to my right needle, moving what had been the last stitch on my right needle over the stitch I just moved to the right needle and onto the left needle. I then knit a row.

What I'm unsure of is what I do when I come to the end of the knit row.

Do I move the stitches before I knit the last stitch or after I knit the last stitch.

LOL...I hope this makes sense
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:33 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what you mean by move the stitches, but your last stitch is the end of the round, regardless of where it was in the cast on.
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:35 PM   #3
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She swapped the first and last stitches. Don't move them back, just knit them as they are. The first st on the next needle is the beginning of the round.
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:36 PM   #4
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In order not to have a space when join I do this;

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...arch&plindex=2

I'm not sure if I should do the same thing for each round
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:47 PM   #5
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What you have described is the absolute best way to prevent a gap there. Don't move the stitches, they stay out of order forever. There is no point in moving them around if you then put them back before you have knitted them.
If you can work it so that the join between stitches is not on different needles, and pull those stitches tight the first round or two, that will help also.
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:50 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
She swapped the first and last stitches. Don't move them back, just knit them as they are. The first st on the next needle is the beginning of the round.
Hi Suzeeq...LOL...you really are my savior .

So are you saying the only time I swap the stitches are in the very beginning? I've noticed that my first stitches of each round are loose no matter how much I think I've tightened it. Any tips?

As usual thank you very, very much.
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Old 11-10-2007, 10:56 PM   #7
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Yes, swap them only once. That should tighten up the join, redwitch (it's sara right?) also had a good suggestion.
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:07 PM   #8
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Thank you redwitch. I really appreciate the help I receive here, It is a wonderful community. Thanks again.
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:17 PM   #9
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Yep it's sarah, thanks suzeeq. Also, I meant the best way I have found to prevent a gap, others may like other ways of doing it.
The persisting loose stitches may be because there is a slight gap at the start, when this gap is present it tends to go up for several rows - try pulling the first and last stitches of the round as tight as you can and not allowing the wool to relax back, keep them tight.
If you have successfully gotten rid of the gap, the stitches might still feel loose at that point, but should not look that way.
If that persists and you can't get rid of looseness there at all, I am stumped, are you on dpns or circs?
For that I might get a couple of needles 1 or 2 sizes smaller, whatever was necessary to combat the looseness, and knit just the loose stitches with that needle. But that's a very inelegant last resort.
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:28 PM   #10
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I'm on circular needles. But redwitch what a GREAT idea to use smaller needles where the gaps are if the loose stitches persist. That is definitely an idea I will always remember. Thank you very much.
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