Circular knitting needles allow users to knit cylindrical shapes for specific purposes. Commonly known as circular knitting, or sometimes knitting in the round, this technique may take considerable practice for those accustomed to straight knitting. As with conventional knitting, the style offers versatility because knitters can also produce flat garments. This method saves time by removing the need to seem the edges of the garment, making it ideal for items such as hats, shawls, polo necks, socks, and toys. Knitting with circular needles is both similar and distinct from conventional knitting. Those who would like to learn circular knitting or build on their existing skills can acquire the various knitting gear on eBay such as yarn, knitting patterns, needles, and stitch holders.
The circular knitting needle comprises one single needle pointed at each end and divided by a plastic cable. Many people prefer knitting with circular knitting needles because the garment falls in a balanced way onto the lap rather than entirely onto one knitting needle. In addition to this convenience, it alleviates the need to seam the ends of the piece together.
As with conventional needles, the knitter chooses needle length and diameter according to desired tension, weave, and garment size. It is particularly important to choose appropriate needle length so as not to stretch or cramp each stitch. The needle length should be slightly shorter than the intended circumference of the finished garment. It is essential the knitter correct any twists in each row as they work, as these are not correctable later. For knitting tight spots in garments such as hats and gloves, double pointed needles may also be necessary.
1. Cast On
The first step is to make a slipknot and cast on by picking up the stitches to create a knitting foundation. Extend this foundation row along the entire length of the needle, distributing stitches evenly. Gently pull the end of the yarn to keep tension taut once cast on is complete, and straighten any twisted stitches. Ensure the entire row faces the same direction.
2. Prepare the First Row
Arrange the knitting needles so the beginning of the cast on foundation row is in your left hand and the end of it is in your right. Place a stitch marker onto the end of the right needle to indicate the end of each round.
3. Knit the First Round
Knit the first stitch on the left needle by pulling the loop on the right end of the needle through the stitch on the left. With the continuation of this process, you are joining each new stitch to the cast on row and creating the circular shape. Only use the working yarn and ensure that you do not mistakenly incorporate the cast-on tail into the garment. Repeat procedure across the row, keeping consistent pressure on yarn to maintain even tension. Tighten any slack stitches and distribute the work evenly around the circular needle. Continue until you reach the marker. This indicates the completion of one knitting round.
4. Creating the Round Garment
With the repetition of each round, the garment grows and falls into the desired tubular shape directly below. Knitting in the round requires you to knit on the right side of the yarn, which should constantly face you. It is important to regularly check for loose and tight spots in each row so that you can achieve an even result.
5. Casting Off
Before you cast off the garment, add a stitch marker to the end of the final round. Knit two stitches immediately to the left of the marker. With the left needle tip, lift the first of the last knitted stitches up and over the second and off the right hand needle. Knit one more stitch so that you again have two stitches to the left of the marker. Lift the first stitch up and over the second and off the right-hand needle. Repeat this process along the entire final round.
Cut the yarn but leave a tail of at least 20 centimetres. Remove the last loop from the needle and pull until tail is free and loop disappears. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle and insert from front to back under both legs of the first cast off stitch. Discreetly weave the remaining tail securely along the inside of the garment.
How to Buy Circular Knitting Needles on eBay
You can purchase circular knitting needles on eBay according to your preferred size, length, or even colour. For example, enter a search such as " multi-coloured circular knitting needles ". Read all listed information carefully, especially relating to length and diameter. Choose a seller with a desirable sales reputation.
Knitting with circular needles may take some time to get accustomed to, but you may find it your favourite way to knit in the long run, when you come to appreciate the convenience it offers. Circular knitting has many perks hidden to the uninitiated, but as with most such craft work, developing your skills with practice reveals its rewards.