6 Ways of Joining in the Round

If you always have to neaten your joins then this tutorial is for you.

Joining in the Round

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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.)

Joining in the Round
1 Just start knitting

With the last stitch on the right needle and the first on the left needle, knit the first stitch.

how to join in the round
2 I tend to like to pull it very snug
Circular knitting help
3 and keep it snug

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.

  1. Slip the first stitch onto the right needle
Join in the round
1a Slip the first stitch onto the right needle
knitting in the round
1b 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)

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2 Slip the last stitch over the first and onto the left needle

3 Knit

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Knit

 

K2tog

For this one you need to cast on one extra stitch.

1 Slip the last stitch from the right needle to the left.

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1a Slip extra stitch onto left needle
1b Slip extra stitch onto left needle

2 Knit the first and last stitch together.

2a Knit the first and extra stitch tog
2b Knit the first and extra stitch tog

3 Pull snug if needed.

3 Pull snug if needed

Both Strands

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.

circular knitting join
1 Knit the first few stitches with tail and working yarn

These stitches will be doubled when you come back to them so make sure you work the double strands together, not as 2 stitches.

Note: Remember these are each ONE stitch when you come back around

Tail through 1st Stitch

1 Using the tail yarn, knit into the first stitch.

1 Using the tail yarn
1b Knit into the first stitch

2 Leaving it on the left needle

2 Leaving it on left needle

3 Pull the tail yarn through the stitch and drop the tail yarn.  Tight until it’s secure.

3a pull tail yarn through the stitch
3b pull tail yarn through the stitch

4 The first stitch should still be on your left needle. With working yarn knit this stitch as usual.

4a knit the first stitch as usual

This makes a very tight invisible join and it might be my new favorite join!

4b knit the first stitch as usual
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.

1 Slip the first stitch onto right needle

2 Slip the extra stitch up and over the first stitch and off the needles.  Slip the first stitch back onto the left needle.

2 Slip the extra stitch over the first and off the needles

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