I think the biggest hurdle knitters have to get over when they want to start knitting in the round — perhaps maybe how to manage double-pointed needles — is understanding logistically how to get started.
How do you keep your stitches from being twisted? How do you make all those floppy stitches behave so you can start knitting? Do you need to do anything special to start circular knitting or can you just, you know, knit?
I decided to try to answer these questions in a quick video.
I show you what a non-twisted cast on looks like and offer three different methods for joining in the round:
Casting on an extra stitch and working it together with the first cast-on stitch
Swapping the first and the last stitches one over the other so the stitches change position
I’ve used all of these methods through the years and while doing something to hold those stitches together makes the whole thing a lot less wobbly, especially on DPNs, just starting knitting without any special preparation is fine, too.
How do you start knitting when working in the round? Do you use one of these methods or do something else? I’d love to hear about it.