July 9th, 2013

Tuesday’s Knitting Tip – How to Join in the Round Invisibly

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When joining in the round, it’s very common to have a gap in your project at the beginning. Sometimes you can hide it by weaving in your ends to close this gap, but there’s an even better way!

To join in the round invisibly, cast on one more stitch than your pattern calls for. Then, when you’re ready to join in the round, slip this extra stitch to the left needle. Using the working yarn and the yarn tail held together, knit the first two stitches together. Now drop the tail and knit as you normally would.

This technique is especially useful on socks where the gap can be more noticeable, but equally as helpful for projects like hats and mittens.

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Grace

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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  • Kelly H.

    The first two sts or the first and last sts (from each end of the c/o row)?

  • Knitter

    The last stitch on the left needle and the extra stitch you have slipped to the left needle are to be knit together.

  • Beverly W

    I was taught to keep the extra stitch on the right hand needle, knit the first stitch on the left needle, then pass the extra stitch over the first stitch.

  • ljknits

    I do this all the time. It’s a great idea.

  • Laura Blinn

    Thanks so much! I always struggle with this! I’ll try it next time!

  • MyssT
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    That’s a great tip! Thanks.

  • simpsoka

    Smart! Love it

  • Susan

    Awesome — I always forget!
    Thanks for this reminder!!

  • Lis bertelsen

    This is such a god ideal,I always struckle With This problem.Thank you