KNITmuch | Issue 01

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Here it is! The much anticipated FREE Premiere issue of KNITmuch Magazine! We’re extremely excited to launch this first issue featuring a full 52 pages of knitting projects, tips, techniques, and products. In this issue, you’ll find a review of the NEW Downton Abbey Yarn Collection and the irresistible Top This! yarn kit. See the Crawley Vest and Budding Romance Shawl patterns for great project ideas using the new Downton Abbey yarns. We also review a variety of project ideas to make with Red Heart’s Cutie Pie and Sashay yarns. We go back to knitting basics to inspire new knitters to expand their knowledge of knitting and get to the bottom of key technical knitting terms and skills. Enjoy exploring our very first issue. Save it in your favorites, share it with your knitting friends!

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ways to knit a hat in the round, which is better?

Knitting in the

round requires

either circular

needles or

double-pointed

needles.

Have you ever knitted a project “in the

round” before? If you haven’t, a whole

world of new projects and tools await

you. Many knitters start off working

“flat” projects because it’s an easy way

to make a plain scarf or small blanket,

which make nice first projects. However,

knitting a hat in the round is also a great

project for new knitters. They are small

and quick to finish, and also make easy

gifts. There are more than 2 ways to knit

a hat in the round, but here are the two

more common ones using the sweetest

Top This! hats (one in pink, and one in

green) to demonstrate.

Tips to keep in mind when knitting in

the round.

1. When starting your first round, make

sure your right hand needle is the one

that has the working yarn hanging

from it. Then, when you knit the first

stitch on the left hand needle, you will

close that gap. This is called “joining

to work in the round.”

2. A common reminder is to “join to

work in the round, being careful not

to twist“. This means to make sure

that the cast on row is fully lined up

below the needle (as shown below),

rather than twisted around the needle

(almost like a mobius strip). When

you're knitting flat, you don’t need to

worry about this step, but it is very

important when knitting in the round.

3. Remember to use a stitch marker to

mark the beginning of your round.

Knitting pattern instructions will often

indicate this directly as “place marker”

or “pm” as an abbreviation. Keep

different colors of stitch markers on

hand for different uses in the pattern.

4. If you’re knitting with double-pointed

needles, like I’m using for the green

hat in the photo, you can’t place a

marker at the beginning of the round

since the beginning of the round

starts in between two of the needles.

Instead, place it after the first stitch

in the round, or clip it to the knitted

fabric itself and adjust its place every

so often as you knit more of the

project.

5. Double-pointed needles can feel

awkward at the beginning, as though

you’re holding too many things at

once! But, remember that you’re only

ever working with 2 of the needles at

once, and there will be 2 (or 3) other

needles at rest that are simply holding

the rest of the stitches in the round.

6. Try to keep things steady by resting

your 2 working needles on top of the

2 resting needles on either side. After

a while you’ll find yourself making this

adjustment automatically whenever

you move from one needle to the

next.

7. Most patterns will tell you to work the

first few rounds (or rows, if working

flat) in ribbing or another stitch that

will let the edge lie evenly (instead

of curling up on itself, like stockinette

stitch tends to do), and then change

to the pattern stitch for the rest of the

project. In this case our pattern stitch

is stockinette stitch (knitting every

round), so we need to count the

rounds of stockinette stitch to track

our progress.

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