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How do you knit with circular needles?

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Knitting on circular needles is similar to regular knitting and involves casting on and knitting according to the pattern. When you come to the end of a row, you will join the row to knit in a round. Knitting on circular needles allows you to make tubes of fabric such as bags and sweaters without seams, and it can also be used for flat knitting. You will need circular needles, yarn and a stitch marker.

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How do you knit with circular needles?
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  1. Choose circular needles

    Circular needles come in a variety of materials such as metal, bamboo, plastic and resin with a variety of lengths for the cords that attach the needles. Choose the length that your pattern indicates as well as the correct size of needles.

  2. Cast on stitches

    Cast on the number of stitches that the pattern indicates, and arrange them so they are not twisted and are all facing the same direction.

  3. Attach a stitch marker

    Hold the start of the cast-on row in your left hand and the end of the row in your right hand, and attach a stitch marker to mark the end of the round on the right needle.

  4. Join your knitting row

    Knit or purl the rows according to the pattern. When you come to the end of the row, insert the needle into the first stitch that was cast on, and knit the stitch to join the yarn. Pull tight to avoid having a gap where the rounds join.

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