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How to Knit with Circular Knitting Needles

Knowing how to knit with circular needles opens up a whole new world of knitting patterns!

Updated April 16, 2018
How to Knit with Circular Knitting Needles
How to Knit with Circular Knitting Needles
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There are so many ways you can knit in the round, and this knitting video shows you one of the most common ways -- knitting with circular knitting needles. This video is a great tutorial to check out for beginners who want to learn the basics of ciruclar knitting. We've gathered some really great tips and tricks for all knitters when it comes to knitting a pattern in the round. Plus, this is a great tutorial for all of you visual learners since this video breaks down how easy it can be to knit in the round.

Circular needles can also be used to knit flat pieces as well. Just simply don't join the two ends! Circular needles are great for flat pieces of knitting that are too long to fit on your regular straight knitting needles. Once you learn how to knit with circular needles, a whole new world of circular knitting patterns opens up!

If you want to try even more methods of knitting in the round, be sure to check out our videos on knitting with double pointed knitting needles and knitting with the magic loop method!

Materials List

  • Circular knitting needles
  • Yarn

Instructions

  1. Cast on the number of stitches required in your pattern.

  2. Check for twists in your cast on row before joining.

  3. Work your first stitch by inserting your needle into the stitch as you normally would. Instead of there being a turn in your work before you work flat, you will simply knit the next stitch forming a ring. 

  4. While you continue knit be sure to count your rows and be aware of where each row starts and ends. You will continue to knit as per usual while going around and slightly upward. 

    Tip: To help you remember where each new row starts, use a stitch marker, so you can see where you are going to have to start going upward. 

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Fascinating! I've only every used magic loop, which is similar, but this does seem easier. No turning/managing the loop. I'll have to give this a try!

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