circular needle

by Liz Ebeling
(New Berrima, NSW, Aust.)

I am trying a circular needle to knit a shawl, and have never used one before.

When I did a test run with only six stitches it was fine, but with the 400 stitches required, when I get to the end of the first row the work is still joined. I have given it a couple of goes with the same result. Any idea what I might be doing wrong.

Thanks, Liz Ebeling


Not enough information Liz.

How ar eyou using the circular needle. Are you knitting a straight piece of knitting or are you knitting in the round?

The answer to your question will be different depending on what you are trying to do. I suspect that as you did a test with 6 stitches that you are doing straight knitting, and you are using a curcular needle to accommodate all of the stitches (400 stitches are unlikely to fit on single pointed needles).

If that is the case I am not sure what you mean by
"when I get to the end of the first row the work is still joined". If you are doing straight knitting, when you get to the end of the row, you physically turn the work just like you would with normal straight knitting needles and then knit the wrong side row.

If you are knitting in the round, the join would be what you were expecting.

I don't think I have been much help. If you could give me more information by adding a comment on this page, I will have anothr go at helping you...

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