Knitting In The Round - A Joining Question
by Claire Thompson
I'm knitting up a beanie, and after I cast on my required stitches, it says "join for working in the round."
Then the first stitch of the first row is a Purl stitch. Do I join the round with a Knit stitch and then begin the pattern, or do I use that first Purl stitch of Round 1 to join?
Not all knitters will use the same method to join for working in the round, and there really is no one right way, so I can only tell you how I would do it.
Usually I slip the last stitch I cast on onto the other tip of the circular needle or onto the first double pointed needle (depending on which you are using) and slide it next to the first stitch.
Then I use a point of a needle to lift the first cast on stitch up and over the last cast on stitch, then I slip it onto the other needle.
So basically the two stitches have switched places. Then I knit the first row according to the pattern instructions.
Hope this helps...