December 31st, 2013

Tuesday’s Knitting and Crochet Tip – Be Careful not to Twist!

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Be Careful not to Twist! Use Clothespins to Make Joining in the Round EasierI love to knit and crochet projects in the round; it makes it so much easier to mindlessly work along during a movie or in the car. And you can’t beat colorwork in the round. The only hurdle is the long cast-ons with some projects, and having to join those in the round without twisting.We’ve all seen the pattern instructions that say, ” CO 247. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.” Almost nothing is worse than casting-on all those stitches, then starting to knit, only to realize your project is twisted.

It’s tricky not to twist these many stitches in the round, but here’s a handy trick. Lay your cast-on out flat, and join clothes pins to the back sides. Smooth your cast-on flat and add another clothes pin. This gives you much smaller section to work with so you can be sure you’re not twisting your project!

 

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Customer Service Liaison at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
I started working at WEBS in September 2010. I learned how to knit 5 years ago and have been crocheting since childhood. When I'm not knitting, I love to be outside with my Black Lab, Ellie.
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  • sonja ahmed

    WOW!! So simple yet effective. Thanks for always making my crocheting that much more enjoyable.

  • Anne

    what a brilliant idea! thanks for sharing!
    Anne
    http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.de

  • Marcie

    This does seem like a very workable solution to the problem. Someone, though, taught me that you can knit the first two or three rows as if on straight needles before joining. Then when you get done, when you’re weaving in ends, you can just sew up where those two or three rows are not yet joined.

  • Chatterbox Knitter

    Marcie, this is the best way to handle the knitting in the round and getting a twist problem. I knit about 4 rows on my circular needles but as if they were straights. Then on the fifth row I join the circle and I do not struggle with the twist issue. Never had a problem with using the tail of the yarn to easily join together by stitching those 4 rows closed. Easy as pie!!

  • Chatterbox Knitter

    I meant to say, not getting the twist problem