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Learn How To Knit: Circular knitting for beginners!
Circular knitting makes use of a special type of knitting needle, the circular knitting needle.
These may look tricky to use but they’re very simple to work with, once you know how. Our experts have put together an easy how-to guide of circular knitting for beginners for you to learn the basics.
Circular knitting needles (above) are two needles, slightly shorter than regular straight knitting needles, with each pair joined together with a cable.
The length of the cable required depends on the number of stitches you’re working with. When knitting a pattern where the number of stitches dramatically increases or decreases across the project, you will need to change to needles with a shorter or longer length cable, as required.
If you're a beginning knitter, making the switch from straight needles to circulars can be a little daunting.
However, it's important to remember the many benefits of using circular knitting needles. Knitting with circular needles allows you to hold more stitches.
This is necessary when working on larger scale projects such as knit blanket patterns or knit sweater patterns. Holding more stitches on your needles makes for a seamless product that's easier to manage.
Another benefit of knitting with circular needles is the fact that they are easier to transport than single or double point needles. Carrying your projects with you is a lot easier when they're contained to circular needles.
A circular needle consists of two tapered needles (referred to here as needle tips) connected by a flexible cable. These needles were created to provide an alternative to double-pointed needles when knitting in the round.
Using the traditional method of knitting in the round with a circular needle, you cast the stitches on to one circular, distribute them evenly around the entire needle, and then slide them along the cable as you work in a continuous spiral around the outside of your project.
Learn circular knitting also known as knitting in the round from expert in these Application videos.
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