Cast on the required number of stitches for your pattern. Work the desired number of rows in flat knitting, or until you reach the point where you need to join in the round. Slip the last stitch from the left-hand needle to the right-hand needle without knitting it. This will create a gap between both needles.
Insert your circular needle into this gap, being sure that the working yarn is still coming from the right side of your work. The circular needle should be facing in a clockwise direction and should be sitting parallel to both needles with its tips pointing away from each other.
Place one stitch from each needle onto the circular needle so that there are two stitches on it now. Knit these two stitches together as if they were one stitch (this will create a closed seam).
Continue knitting around, using both sets of needles, until you have finished all of your stitches and created a complete round of knitting.
Determine the Number of Stitches:
Before joining in the round, it is important to count the number of stitches you have knit flat. This will give you an accurate measure of how many stitches you need to join together when forming a round.
You can count your stitches by counting one loop of each stitch and marking them off with a stitch marker or counting as you go along. Once you have counted your stitches make sure that they are evenly divided. So that there are no gaps or extra loops when joining them together.
Calculate the Increase Rate:
If you need to increase any stitches when joining in the round, it is important to calculate the rate at which they must be increased. This will ensure that your finished piece is even and uniform throughout. To calculate your increase rate, divide the total number of stitches by the number of rounds that will be joined together. This will give you an idea of how many extra stitches should be added per round.
Prepare to Join in the Round:
Once you have calculated your increase rate and determined how many total stitches you need, it is time to prepare for joining in the round. Start by knitting two extra rows (or rounds if knitting in circular needles) before joining them together.
This will give you a nice edge on your piece and ensure that it looks neat and tidy when complete.
Connecting the Last and First Stitch Together:
Once all of your rows or rounds have been knitted, it is time to connect your first stitch with your last stitch. So that it forms a continuous circle. To do this, carefully slip one stitch from each needle onto a single needle. Use a crochet hook or yarn needle to pull one loop through both loops on each side creating one single loop. Than connecting both ends of your knitting together.
Joining with a Knit Stitch:
Finally, after connecting all of your stitches together. Use a knit stitch to make sure everything stays securely attached as one continuous circle. To do this, insert your right-hand needle into both loops on either side. And then knit them together as if they were one single stitch.
Continue until all loops are securely joined together with knit stitches and then start knitting in rounds.
Joining in the Round After Knitting Flat
Joining with a Slip-Stitch Crochet Hook: A slip-stitch crochet hook is a great tool to use when joining your knitting in the round. This method is particularly helpful when you’re joining two pieces of knitting that have different stitch counts. To join flat using a crochet hook, begin by inserting your crochet hook into the first stitch of the round you are joining. Then yarn over and draw up a loop. Next, insert the crochet hook into the corresponding stitch on the opposite side. And draw through both loops on your hook. Continue in this manner until all stitches have been joined.
Making a Jogless Join in the Round:
Making a jogless join in the round is another popular method used to join two pieces of knitting together when working in the round. To do this, you will need to make an invisible decrease at each side of where you want to join.
Begin by inserting your left needle into both stitches that are on either side of where you want to join. Then, knit them together as if they were one stitch, and continue with your pattern as normal. This will help eliminate any visible joins or jogs from occurring in your work.
Weaving in Tail Ends Securely:
When joining two pieces of knitting together after working flat. It’s important to securely weave in tail ends to prevent any gaps from forming in your work. To do this, thread one tail end onto a tapestry needle and weave it. Through several stitches along one edge of your knitting until it’s secure and not visible from the outside. Repeat this process with any remaining tail ends until all ends have been woven securely into place.
Checking for a Tight Join:
Before continuing with your pattern, It’s important to check that your join is tight enough so that no gaps are visible between stitches. After joining two pieces of knitting together after working flat. To check for a tight join, gently tug on both sides of the fabric around where you joined until it is snugly held together with no visible spaces between stitches.
Troubleshooting Mistakes When Joining in the Round:
If you’ve made a mistake when joining two pieces of knitting together after working flat, don’t panic! There are several ways to troubleshoot common mistakes such as unbalanced stitch counts or missed increases and decreases when joining in the round. If unbalanced stitch counts occur, simply adjust them by decreasing or increasing as needed. Until both sides have an equal number of stitches again before continuing with your pattern as normal.
Additionally, if missed increases or decreases occur when joining in the round, simply pick up additional increases or decreases as needed. Until everything is back on track before continuing with your pattern again as normal.
FAQ & Answers
How Can I make Sure My Join Is Secure?
To ensure that your join is secure before continuing with your pattern. Than gently tug on both sides of fabric around where you joined. Until it’s snugly held together without any visible gaps between stitches. Additionally, make sure to weave any tail ends securely into place before continuing with your pattern again as normal.
What Should I Do If I’ve Made Mistakes While Joining Two Pieces Of Knitting Together?
If mistakes occur while joining two pieces of knitting together after working flat. Such as, unbalanced stitch counts or missed increases/decreases. When working in the round simply adjust them by decreasing/increasing as needed. Until everything is back on track again before continuing with your pattern again as normal.
Knitting in the round is an easy and fun way to create garments and accessories. It’s a great technique for making hats, scarves, sweaters, and more. Joining in the round is the process of connecting two or more pieces of knitting together. So they can be worked in a continuous circle. With a few simple steps, you can join your knitting in the round quickly and easily. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to create beautiful knitted items with ease. So grab your needles and yarn and give it a try.