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
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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