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Old 05-29-2008, 11:09 AM   #1
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joining in-the-round
When I cast on the necessary 72 stitches, I join the first and the last stitch. In the process, I delete 1 stitch which makes the pattern not work out. Should I cast on 73 stitches instead? Also, when knitting in-the-round, I have 24 stitches on each of 3 needles (before joining) but when I knit/purl, I end with 1 stitch too few on each of 2 needles. Why? What should I do? Thanks a ton in advance. I'm sure glad I was directed to this forum!
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:20 AM   #2
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I always caston 1 extra, then knit the first and last together either at the beginning or the end. It sounds like you're doing the same thing, but without the extra stitch.
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:27 AM   #3
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Is it common to knit the first & last sts together?

When I join, I just start knitting or purling the first stitch on the end without the yarn. Works great, just have to keep the yarn really tight for the first stitch or two so the join isn't obvious.
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I do it because it does make the join tighter. Other swap the first and last stitches to snug up the join. It's a preference.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:58 AM   #5
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Thank you, Suzeeq! I appreciate it very much. I had an acqaintance who used to be known online as Suzeeq too. But I've lost touch with her. I think her husband retired and they moved away from my last contact with her. I really don't know. Anyway, thank you so much. I am not ripping out my ribbing. I'm going to add a stitch as a y/o as i near the heel. that way, I'll have enough stitches to do the heel turn.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:00 PM   #6
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When I join in the round, I use the working yarn and the tail for the first few stitches, then drop the tail, which makes a tighter join. I don't knit the first and last stitches together, or I'd get all confused with the number of stitches. lol
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I've tried that Azlynn, but it makes the stitches too bulky where you do. Same thing for joining two ends together by knitting a couple stitches with both ends.
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:46 PM   #8
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Teddi, aside from the obvious one you are losing by knitting two together to join, I don't know why you are short in another place. All I can think of is to suggest you count a couple of times before you start out to check that you have the proper number. And then just be very careful that you don't lose one somewhere. I don't think I have ever had this problem, but I have had one of the dpns get a mind of their own and accidently pick up an extra stitch. :-)
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