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Circular Knitting

Instructions for Circular Knitting.

Circular knitting needles are used to knit in rounds to produce seamless fabrics of a wider dimension than those produced on a set of double pointed needles. They are alos used to knit backwards and forwards in rows when the number of sts. used is very large or if the knitting is particulartly heavy, when it can be rested on your lap. Although not such a popular method in the UK it is a useful technique to master as many European knitwear designers use it.

Knitting with Circular  Needles
Knitting with Circular  Needles

1, Use a pair of straight needles to cast on the number of stitches required. Transfer the sts. by slipping them purl wise on to a circular needle.

2, Distribute the sts. evenly around the length of the circular needle, making sure that they are not twisted.

3,Hold the needle with the yarn in your left hand and purl the next row without joining it into a round.Turn and knit the next row, again without joining it. Turn and purl the next row without joining it into a round.This prevents the sts. twisting round on the nylon strip, a very common problem when working with a large number of sts. and one that can not be rectified. The small gap at the beginning of the work can be oversewn with a few sts. when finishing off.

Knitting with Circular  Needles
Knitting with Circular  Needles

4,Now begin to work in rounds, placing a marker, a plastic ring or piece of contrasting yarn, on the right-hand needle to denote the beginning of each round.Knit the next sts. on the left-hand needle pulling the yarn firmly to close the gap.

5,Knit around the circle until the marker is reached,slip it and work the next round. Continue working in rounds according to the instructions.

NOTE-As you become more experienced with circular knitting you may omit step 3.

Knitting with Circular  Needles

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