Joining when Knitting in the Round

Knitting in the round is easy. Sometimes joining to knit in the round isn’t. That’s when you learn the word mobius and perhaps utter unbecoming words. I’ve been there, done that and decided I didn’t need the headache. Yes, I still knit in the round, but I do it in a way that doesn’t cause anxiety.

It is simple. I knit one or more rows before joining in the round. The extra fabric hanging from the needles makes it easy to line everything up and ensure nothing is twisted. Photos below, but one last tip, no matter when you join to knit in the round, make sure to stop and check after you are ready to start your second round. Does it lay properly? Yay, continue knitting. You made a mobius? At this point you can still untwist because you only have one thread between the rounds connecting everything together. Manipulate the fabric until it lies properly and proceed as planned.

Hope you found this tip helpful!


Here I knit several (4?) rows. I could get away with it in ribbing because ribbing knits at the same gauge flat or in the round.
Then, I joined and knit in the round normally. I didn’t add extra stitches. After all, it is a hat, not a major piece.
It showed a little when I joined it, but it certainly passes the galloping horse test.
With this sample, I knit only one row before joining to knit in the round. 
Joining after only one row shows much less after weaving in the end.


4 thoughts on “Joining when Knitting in the Round

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I never thought of this. I’ve tried a couple of different methods and they either look wonky or they are awkward to achieve. This makes so much sense!!!


      1. Thanks for the reminder. I’ve used your method ever since I heard about it at Heritage Spinning and Weaving, your shop in Lake Orion, MI. I’ll give a shameless plug about how wonderful it is to have this shop in our community! If you like Fair Isle or Norwegian knitting or if you are a weaver, you need to visit this tremendous resource!


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