If you always have to neaten your joins then this tutorial is for you.
Joining in the Round
Just Knit It
This one is just like it sounds. You just knit. It’s the fastest and the easiest but the hardest to get neat without work later. It’s a perfectly good join though and I use it. Here’s how you do it. (Note: all slipped stitches are slipped as if to purl.)
With the last stitch on the right needle and the first on the left needle, knit the first stitch.
Slip and Switch
With this one you are going to make the first and last stitches switch spaces. This is a popular method because it creates a nice tight join.
- Slip the first stitch onto the right needle
2 Slip the last stitch up and over the first and onto the right needle. (Don’t drop it off like you are casting off)
For this one you need to cast on one extra stitch.
1 Slip the last stitch from the right needle to the left.
2 Knit the first and last stitch together.
3 Pull snug if needed.
1 With the last stitch on the right needle and first stitch on the left, knit the first stitch with both the working and tail yarn, continue with several more stitches.
These stitches will be doubled when you come back to them so make sure you work the double strands together, not as 2 stitches.
Tail through 1st Stitch
1 Using the tail yarn, knit into the first stitch.
2 Leaving it on the left needle
3 Pull the tail yarn through the stitch and drop the tail yarn. Tight until it’s secure.
4 The first stitch should still be on your left needle. With working yarn knit this stitch as usual.
This makes a very tight invisible join and it might be my new favorite join!
Slip Extra Stitch over First
For this join you need to cast on an extra stitch
1 Slip the first stitch from the left needle to the right.
2 Slip the extra stitch up and over the first stitch and off the needles. Slip the first stitch back onto the left needle.