Posts Tagged ‘knitting in the round’

Tuesday’s Knitting Tip – Joining Less than 10 Stitches in the Round

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
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Thanks to Kirsten Hipsky, the WEBS Desgin Manager for contributing today’s tip! 

The Knit Stars pattern on the cover of our Holiday Catalog are quick and fun to make, but they can be a little tricky to start! To make the stars, you cast on and join 5 stitches in the round. It can be fiddly to join such a few number of stitches, so here are some suggestions to make the process go a little more smoothly.

There are lots of different ways to join those first 5 stitches in the round. You could distribute them among 3 or 4 double pointed needles, one magic-looped circular needle, or even work them like an I-cord for a couple rounds until you’ve increased to more stitches.

Or, if you’d rather work the whole project in rows (flat), you can do that – just cast on one extra stitch at the beginning and end of the row for seaming and purl the WS rows. You’ll just have a little more seaming to do at the end.

Tuesday’s Knitting Tip – Converting your Flat Pattern to In the Round

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
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Thanks to our Purchasing Coordinator and part-time knitwear designer, Emma Welford for this week’s tip!

If you hate purling and dread seaming or just want to challenge yourself with a different construction, try converting your flat pattern to knitting in the round! I’m currently doing this with my Holla Back Tank pattern since I’ve already knit the pattern once and want to keep myself on my toes this time around.

Read through your pattern carefully before beginning. If it has unusual construction techniques or a lace pattern with special stitches on every row, it will be more complicated or even unsuitable to translating to working in the round. This depends on your skill level and comfort with the contents of the pattern so only you can make that decision.

Knit your gauge swatch in the round. Like a lot of people, I find I knit slightly tighter in the round than I do flat.

Remove any selvage stitches when calculating how many stitches to cast on and where any shaping takes place.For example, if the front of your sweater says to CO 102 stitches (100 body stitches and 2 selvage stitches) and the back of your sweater says to CO 112 stitches (110 body stitches and 2 selvage stitches), you would CO 210 stitches when knitting in the round.

Remember that any WS rows will be worked opposite to what they originally state. Purls will be knit, knits will be purled, and lace or cable patterns will be worked backwards. If you have a chart, read the WS rows from right to left.

– Remove any ‘balancing’ stitches outside of the repeats for a lace or cable pattern.

Don’t be afraid to place multiple markers!I place one color to indicate the beginning of the round, and another to separate the front and the back of the sweater to help me remember to follow the different instructions for each piece. I also like to use stitch markers to separate out lace or cable panels.

If your pattern calls for sleeves, you could knit them flat and seam them as originally called for.  Another option is to pick up stitches from the armhole and work a short row sleeve cap, then knit the sleeve downwards from there and reverse shaping by decreasing at the intervals where the pattern says to increase. Choose the method you’re most comfortable with!