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February 14, 2006

Knitting Olympics: Day 5

On this 5th day of the 2006 Olympics, I'd like to share with you -- in the spirit of international friendship -- one of my favorite knitting tips.  It's so simple and seemingly inconsequential that you may scoff at ole nona, but heck it works.

The Problem
When joining stitches in the round it’s hard to create a tight and seamless join even if you knit the first stitch tightly.

The Solution
Imagine yourself poised, ready to join your knitting in the round.  Before placing your stitch marker and knitting the first stitch, swap the first stitches on the left and right needles:

  1. Slip the first stitch on the left needle to the right needle.
  2. Slip the second stitch on the right needle up and over the first stitch and onto the left needle

Have I told you how much I love this yarn -- Karabella's Aurora 8?!

February 14, 2006 in Knit Along - 2006 Knitting Olympics | Permalink


How do you knit so fast? I'm working on the Samus sweater from Knitty and I can only get about 2 inches done a night.

Posted by: Stephanie | Feb 15, 2006 7:01:14 AM

Great idea!

Posted by: malglam | Feb 15, 2006 7:25:15 AM

I asked for tips on my blog one day, and you were kind enough to leave this tip in my comments. I've done it every time I knit in the round, and my joins are *so* much prettier! Thank you!

Posted by: SpaceCase | Feb 15, 2006 7:40:01 AM

tubey looks great!! i think the colors you picked are fabulous

Posted by: kim | Feb 15, 2006 7:43:53 AM

That's exactly the solution I came around to as well, when I was working on another project. Great minds think alike!

Posted by: Kathy | Feb 15, 2006 7:44:16 AM

Thanks for the tip!

Posted by: kimberly | Feb 15, 2006 7:55:11 AM

Great tip!
About the Karabella yarn ... do you think it would pill heavily? I read about that on grumperina's blog!

Posted by: Agnes | Feb 15, 2006 9:29:42 AM

Definitely a great tip. I am loving your sleeves :)

Posted by: Vicki | Feb 15, 2006 9:47:11 AM

great tip! i wish i had known that for my last pair of socks..

i love aurora 8 as well but it grows when blocked something fierce. always throws off my gauge calculations.

Posted by: gleek | Feb 15, 2006 11:33:50 AM

I read about the stitch switching when I was doing some research, a while back, on how to make a nice join when knitting in the round. I also learned that you can knit an extra stitch, pass the first stitch on the right need to the left needle and then knit the two together.

You are certainly a fast knitter (all while watching t.v., no less).

Posted by: Kim | Feb 15, 2006 12:55:11 PM

VERY useful tip, can't wait to try it...

Posted by: Heather | Feb 15, 2006 7:01:44 PM

Sometimes it's the easy tricks that give the most knitting pleasure.

Posted by: susan | Feb 16, 2006 9:13:26 AM

How do you prevent the inevitable ladder or loose stitch that forms between each dpn, esp. the first & last needle, as the sock or glove progresses? I've tried knitting the 1st stitch on the round and both of its neighbors tightly, but it just always looks skaggy. Any tips?

Posted by: Deborah Silver | Feb 28, 2006 9:03:21 AM

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