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knitting joining in the round

In this post, I want to share how to knit an invisible join in the round when working with circular needles.

If you have done at least one project with circular needles you may have noticed an unsightly gap or jog down where the first stitch of your cast on edge starts. It does not look good and appears to be a bit amateurish.

It is not your fault when this happens! It’s just to do with the way this technique works. When you knit with single-pointed straight needles each row is worked directly on top of the previous one. When you work with the circular technique you are actually creating a tightly packed coil of knitting.

Ways to Fix That Gap or Jog

With a completed Project

If you have already completed a project you can do a bit of sewing to fix the problem. While researching this issue, I came across this video tutorial, in which you will find out exactly how to do a bit of sewing to get rid of that step.

When you watch the video you will see that to fix it you are really creating a “V” with your tapestry needle that is going to look like a stitch that will plug that gap. Easy when you know how!

Creating an Invisible Join in the Round at the start

If you have not yet started your project then this is the technique you can use.

Video Demonstration of How to Knit an Invisible Join in the Round


After you have watched the video above you will see that the steps are as follows:

  1. Cast on one additional stitch
  2. Slip one stitch from the left-hand needle to the right one
  3. From right hand needle pass that extra cast-on stitch over the stitch you have just slipped over, and slip it off
  4. Tighten and neaten up the tails of the yarn
  5. Carry on knitting as your pattern dictates

So, as you can see getting rid of that unsightly gap or step from the first row is quite easy to do. Just remember to add an extra stitch when you cast on, then slip one across from the left-hand needle and pass the extra stitch over the slipped one.

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