When knitting in the round, you can join the work to make tubular pieces: sweaters, hats, mittens, and more with this one-of-a-kind knitting technique. We'll take you through the step-by-step instructions and teach you how to cast on, knit, and increase stitches with a multitude of needles.
To start, you will need four double-pointed needles or a set of circular needles. Both are used for knitting in the round. The main difference between them is that double-pointed needles are often used to knit items that are too small for circular needles (for instance, the individual fingers on a glove), while circular needles are commonly used for larger, heavyweight garments like sweaters.
To start, cast your stitches onto one needle only. Divide the stitches evenly among three needles by slipping them onto two more needles. Once all three needles have the same number of stitches, lay the needles flat on a table, loosely lined up end to end. (Your right-most needle should have the working yarn.) Make sure stitches aren't twisted; they should all face the same direction. Then, join the needles to form a triangle as pictured: Take the left needle in your left hand and the right needle in your right hand. Bring the needles together to form a triangle with the middle needle. Pick up your fourth needle. With the triangle still in place (and the working yarn on the right needle), knit the stitches onto the left needle, pulling working yarn tightly to join (see the image at left). You are now knitting in the round.
Slip first stitch purlwise onto a double-pointed needle. Slip second stitch purlwise onto the other needle. Repeat, alternating (see the image at left), until the stitches are divided equally between your needles.