Joining In The Round The Cheater Way

It seems pretty simple, right?  Just make sure all your stitches have their bottoms pointing down, or toward the center, and you’ll have no problem.  But sometimes it’s hard to tell, and the more you go around corners or curves, the harder it can get to see.  So here is my simple cheat.  Don’t go around so many corners or curves.  Instead of arranging your stitches in a complete circle or square, keep them in a straight line by doing the following:
IMG_3680Cast on the correct number of stitches onto a double pointed or circular needle.
IMG_3682If you’re using DNP’s, slip approximately half the stitches onto a second DPN.  If you’re using a circular needle your turn will come in a minute.  Lay the needles down as if you were going to start the first row of a flat piece (with your working yarn and your tail on the right end of the needle and your stitches laid out to the left.  It should be easy to see if you have any twists when all the stitches are lying flat and in a row.
IMG_3686Once you have them arranged this way, simply fold the whole thing in half so the stitch on the far left (the first one you cast on) meets up with the one on the far right (the last one you cast on with the tails attaches to it).
IMG_3695Circular needle people, since you have all your stitches in a curve it’s harder to fold them straight, so you can pull the cable from between the stitches about half way around to make sure you can fold them straight against each other.  Now, with two parallel rows of stitches laying straight against each other, pick up both rows in your left hand and begin knitting.
IMG_3687For DPN people, this means beginning with a third needle.
IMG_3696For circular needle folks, this means pulling the tip in back, the one with the yarn tails on it, to the right and around so you can work with it.  For both DPN and circular needles, knit the first and second stitches very tightly, then work the rest of the stitches at your usual tension.  For circular needle users, you are now joined in the round and on your way.  For DPN users, keep adding new needles at intervals as you need them.
Voila!  You have successfully joined in the round without twisting.  Happy knitting in the round!

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