Sticks flying everywhere

 I decided that I wanted my cellphone caddies to be seamless so I picked up a set of double-pointed needles and taught myself to knit in the round.  I have to say I'm pretty impressed with myself.

Yes, they told me on Knitty Gritty that  knitting in the round is far easier than it looks, but I had my doubts and cautiously started with a little 4-stitch I-cord.  When that came out well, I decided to throw caution to the wind and knit a small tube. 

I have to say that it went well for a first attempt.  I have to be more cautious to prevent losing stitches off the needles I'm not working with, as I found it very difficult to fix dropped stitches that I didn't catch right away and had already stitched together the ajoining stitches.  OOPS!

Right now, I'm trying to make a cone by increasing once per stick.  This is not an official project, it's just practice and it's going pretty well, but I am having trouble making all my stitches even.  Maybe some of you old salty dogs out there will have some 'purls' of wisdom about knitting in the round. 

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Are you getting loose stitches where you change from one needle to the next?  What I do is knit the first stitch and slip it off the needle, then hold the right-hand needle (which will only have one stitch on it) right up against the previous needle while tightening up the working yarn.  Don't yank on it, just eliminate any excess.  Then, restraining the yarn so it won't pull back through the first stitch, knit the next stitch or two.  After a while this tightening routine becomes automatic, and you won't even be able to tell where the needles were once you remove them.

 I'm curious--are you knitting a tube and then joining the bottom with Kitchener stitch like the toe of a sock?

Jeff1201PA's picture

Thanks for the advice!  To answer your question - right now I'm planning on joining the bottoms with a seam but I might try Kitchener stitch when I get more advanced.   

Longtime faggot, first time knitter.

Longtime faggot, first time knitter.

JPaul's picture

From his description, I do exactly the same thing as Stuart after I make that first stitch.

I also try to avoid having a purl stitch as the first stitch on a needle.  It's just much easier for me to maintain tension if I don't start with a purl when I move to a new needle.  If I end with a purl, that's fine.  When I finish repositioning the needles in my hand, I tend to give the yarn a little tug to make sure my last stitch is snug before I make the first stitch on the new needle.

This next bit may not make any sense.  If I don't do a good job of explaining it, let me know.  If you look at your needles in the little square or triangle they form (depending on how many you are using), you'll notice the ends generally follow a pattern.  One end of a needle sits on top of the needle next to it and (for me, anyway) the other end of the same needle is under it's neighbor.  When I am switching needles, the new needle always comes under the needle I just finished filling with stitches.  The act of making the first stitch actually draws the new needle up against the old needle and gives some resistance to help ensure the stitch is tight (at least it does for me, if I'm holding the yarn in my right hand).  If I brought the needle above the last needle, the tension from my finger would tend to pull the new needle up and away from the last needle and increase the length between those two stitches (across the gap).  Wow...does that make ANY sense?  Maybe I should do photos...

RainCityRick's picture

When I first started I was having a heck of a time preventing the stitches from falling off the back of the dpn's.  I grabbed an old wine cork and cut it into slices.  I then pushed one of the slices onto the end of the needles.  Worked like a champ!

Now, some of you may be thinking "gee, I wonder if he'd have less trouble with dpns if he drank less wine."  Maybe.  Of course, then I'd have no reason to knit the wine caddy that I'm working on.  It's a total chicken/egg thing!  As a result, I'll continue with my occasional glass of red, thank you!

Jeff1201PA's picture

HIP HIP HOORAY!  It's working.  Thanks, dudes! 

Longtime faggot, first time knitter.

Longtime faggot, first time knitter.