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reteng
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Posted - 07/29/2009 :  10:20:42 AM  Show Profile Send reteng a Private Message  Reply with Quote
One of the biggest lessons I've learned since I took up knitting seriously is that there are often many ways to a accomplish the same thing. My question concerns joining two circulars after casting on. Charlene Schurch just says to start knitting and the join takes care of itself. Cat Bordhi suggests casting on one extra and knitting two together to join. Other books use the "switch one stitch from one needle to the other" approach. I've tried all three, but since there's so much experience on this forum, I 'm wondering which way you prefer?

jaymeKnits
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Posted - 07/29/2009 :  12:15:41 PM  Show Profile  Send jaymeKnits a Yahoo! Message Send jaymeKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I usually do the switch the first and last stitches thing. But sometimes i just leave it as is and smooth it out when I weave in the end. It just depends on your personal preferences.

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kadiddly
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Posted - 07/29/2009 :  1:10:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just start knitting =)

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susanh
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Posted - 07/29/2009 :  5:31:12 PM  Show Profile Send susanh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I cast on one extra and slip it to the working needle and knit those first 2 stitches together.
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abt1950
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Posted - 07/29/2009 :  6:01:49 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I usually cast on an extra stitch and do the knit two together bit.

When I'm really lazy, I cast on the number of stitches called for in the pattern and knit the second row straight. I join on the third round and use the tail to do a mini-seam when I'm done with the sock. This method makes it easier to not twist the stitches when you join the round.

Anne in NJ

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Mocha
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Posted - 07/29/2009 :  7:42:12 PM  Show Profile Send Mocha a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the reminder. I had been wanting to try Cat Bordhi's suggestion but forgot (yes, you can guess my answer, I just knit straight).
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jtamsn
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Posted - 07/30/2009 :  04:14:05 AM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I used to just start knitting, but I have taken to switching the first and last stitches. I find this method eliminates that "ladder" that often results with just knitting.
judy
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Lelani
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Posted - 08/01/2009 :  08:23:54 AM  Show Profile Send Lelani a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I usually do the first and last stitch thing as well. Seems to work well

Lelani

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fwshorty
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USA
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Posted - 08/01/2009 :  08:31:04 AM  Show Profile Send fwshorty a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just start knitting. I've tried switching the first and last stitches, but I find it tricky and usually end up stretching the stitches too much so it comes out worse!

Eileen
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lella
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Posted - 08/01/2009 :  6:24:00 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I cast on one extra and knit the first and last together at the beginning.

Well, duh, yes some one did mention that little close the last stitch thing..

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mertle
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Posted - 08/02/2009 :  12:35:54 AM  Show Profile Send mertle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I cast on one extra stitch. After making sure my stitches are not twisted, I move the extra stitch to my right needle and pass my first stitch (actually my initial slip knot) over it. Then I turn my knitting (or sometimes not), place my center marker, and take off knitting. Works like a charm!

Later when weaving ends, sometimes I'll even untie that slip knot and weave in. Depends on how things look. When I'm really lucky, I can't even tell where I began.

(This is not original with me. I read it here on KR somewhere a long while back.)

Marilyn
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