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Topic: Help!! Problems knitting in the round  (Read 1278 times)
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« on: November 11, 2011 06:40:53 AM »

So I've been knitting off and on for pretty much the past 15 years. I crochet mostly, and have never gotten past knitting flat (mostly scarves.) But I decided I wanted to try knitting in the round. Attempting to learn this has brought something to my attention that I didn't think was an issue with knitting flat. So here's my problem.

I cast on using the slip knot method. When knitting flat, I cast on the required number of stitches. For round knitting (and learning purposes) I continue casting on until the stitches go all the way around the circle and aren't stretched out. I put my stitch marker on, and then begin knitting the second row. However, the more stitches I use, the longer the string between stitches becomes. In flat knitting, I always fixed this by adjusting it with the tail at the end of the second row. I don't know how to fix this when knitting in the round. By the time I finish the second row, the amount of yarn hanging between stitches can range anywhere from 4 to 6 inches. What am I doing wrong?!?  Huh
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011 08:41:42 AM »

It sounds like you use the backward loop CO which is okay for a smaller number of sts but is too loose and loopy for a larger number of sts. Try a knit or cable cast on instead, or even the Longtail CO. They've got a sturdier edge and you won't get the extra yarn between sts that the loop CO does. Here's a link to cast on videos - http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on

« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2011 08:38:05 PM »

Thank you so much!!!! That made all the difference!
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011 11:20:18 PM »

I mostly use the long tail c/o or the cable cast on (you have to be careful with that because when knitting in the round with that one you have to slip the stitch on the right needle to the left and k2tog so that helps close the gap where you joined the circle, so there for you've gotta cast on one extra stitch that the pattern calls for)
I learned with the slip st. c/o method but it's so hard for me to work with cause working the first row is always so tight.
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