Extras: Round Up!

Welcome to the goodies page for Round Up! 4 Ways to Knit In the Round. Here you’ll find an assortment of links, mini tutorials, inspirational photos, reference lists to take you further, and the like. Thanks for being a student in one of my classes!

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Crochet Center Cast-On

Way back in 2015, I hosted the Creative Knitting Autumn 2015 KAL over on Ravelry. The base project was a set of colorful coasters that could be upsized to a circular lapghan or afghan. And the base of the base project was a set of single-color coasters I’d designed to accompany an article in the magazine back in 2013. Love it when projects play on each other!

The article contained an explanation of a way to cast on at the center that I’d borrowed from crochet. I’d always found starting at the center and working out awkward: dps, falling out of my cast-on stitches left and right. In the sliding-loop method, the stitches are formed around a ring of string, and cinched closed (in effect, the same thing we do when we fasten off a hat worked the other way), providing a firmer foundation for holding slippery sticks in place.

Working from the center out has lots of advantages, but the one I like most is that I can work until I run out (or almost run out!) of yarn. And if I run out before I get the size I need for a project, changing colors (or yarn types) looks better from a design perspective on the outside edge. Of course, you may like the bull’s-eye look more than I do…!

Interested in using your new “Round Up” skills on a project with a closed center? The off-the-cuff made-while-traveling video I made for the KAL on the crochet center cast-on is still up on my Youtube channel. Some day I’ll get the hang of making videos, and redo it. Until then… .

Stripes In the Round: Carry Instead of Cut

Hat with 4 balls of yarn attached.

The four colors are always worked in the same order. Markers show where shaping at top of the hat will shortly take place!

One of the easiest ways to work color in the round is with some simple stripes. At the bottom of this 2015 post you’ll find a mini-tutorial with close up pics on how I like to carry yarns not in use on the inside while making one-row stripes in four colors. Give it a try, and let me know if you have any questions!






Tidy Up Your Fasten Off!

Making a nice edge


Bordhi, Cat, Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. Washington: Passing Paws Press, 2001.
Galeskas, Bev, The Magic Loop, fourth edition. WA: Fiber Trends, 2002.
Radcliffe, Margaret, Circular Knitting Workshop. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2012.
Williams, Joyce, “Two Circulars for Knitting Small Circumferences,” Knitter’s Magazine, Summer 2000, p. 61. Sioux Falls, SD: XRX, Inc, 2000.

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