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honey5
New Pal

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Posted - 03/03/2003 :  10:45:35 PM  Show Profile Send honey5 a Private Message
I'm having trouble using my double pointed needles to make a baby hat that is to small for circular needles. The first row doesn't join the way it does on circular. There is an indentation on the first row. What am I doing wrong. Thanks for the help. H.Mann

fmarrs
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USA
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Posted - 03/04/2003 :  11:16:34 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
I think the problem is that the first round leaves a loose stitch. There are a lot of suggested solutions for this. I have never been satisfied with any of them. I try to pull the first stitch snuggly when forming the circle and then take one stitch at the end of the knitting with the yarn tail before weaving it in and that works the best for me. It works so well that now I will knit one row before forming the knitting into a circle. It means that I have to take two stitches to close it but it really helps to keep the stitches from twisting.

fran

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chris
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USA
2463 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2003 :  11:29:15 AM  Show Profile Send chris a Private Message
I was taught to cast on one more stitch than is called for, then slip the end (last) stitch onto the needle with the beginning (first) stitch and knit the two together. It's a little thick, but it makes a nice tight join for me.

chris

Keep on knittin', mama, knittin' those blues away!
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linda-gail
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USA
1052 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2003 :  11:59:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit linda-gail's Homepage Send linda-gail a Private Message
I use both of the methods mentioned, have tried them one at a time, then together, and together gets me the best results, though still not as smooth as I'd like. Happy knitting. Linda

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Kristin
Seriously Hooked

USA
606 Posts

Posted - 03/04/2003 :  12:09:11 PM  Show Profile Send Kristin a Private Message
I like to cast on the stitches I need onto one needle (if possible) and then distribute them to the 4 needles (or 3, depending on how many you're using). To start knitting, I move the last stitch over the first stitch onto the first needle (joins the knitting). The 1st stitch is moved to the last needle. Then I begin knitting (so what was technically the "last" stitch is now the first).

Does that make sense?



--Kristin

"A little nonsense now & then is relished by the wisest men." --Roald Dahl
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