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« on: March 09, 2006 05:27:15 PM »

I'm making a hat from this pattern: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hats/london-beanie.htm. It's my first attempt at knitting in the round and I'm going insane. I've tried casting on 4 times already. It's not that my stitches are twisted, it's that when I try to join it always goes terribly wrong. These instructions http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/circular.html say the first cast on stitch should be on the left needle but when I finish casting on the stitches it's always on the right needle so that I can't join. I'm using cable cast on but I don't think that really matters. I even tried casting on in purl and then turning it around so that my first cast-on stitch would be on the left needle, but I don't think that's what I'm supposed to do. *moron*

Oh also the time I did it the purl way I got this gap between the stitches. Does anyone know how to get rid of that?

Please help! Thanks!
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2006 05:52:13 PM »

Did you try sliding the cast-on stitches down to the other needle?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2006 06:31:59 PM »

Did you try sliding the cast-on stitches down to the other needle?

I don't know what you mean. When I cast on my first stich begins on the left needle. Once I finish casting on it's on the right. When I knit I always end up making a really wide flat piece instead of something in the round. Sad I read the knitty article on it but it didn't really help and I watched some video online where the woman shows how to do it but I still don't get it.
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2006 06:37:44 AM »

It depends how you look at the needle. When casting on, they'll go all the way around to the other end, but.... then you turn the needle around, so the first stitch is on the left tip and the last one you just cast on is on the right side, with the yarn trailing off there. Then you take the yarn and start your first stitch in the left side, as if you were knitting flat, only with that first stitch, you've joined them together.

Make sense? Ask more questions if it doesn't....


« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2006 07:03:45 AM »

Read this tute by Crazy Aunt Purl.  She has a really good way of explaining things simply.
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2006 05:47:35 PM »

sue: Thanks. That makes a lot more sense now. I'll finally be able to start actually knitting my hat  Grin
brightlights: I read her explanation. So much more clear than the other sites. Thanks so much!
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