Knitting in the round using a set of four needles

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Working in the round is used for tubular, or seamless knitting. Stitches are divided evenly over three needles, with an extra needle used to knit the stitches. The needles form a triangle by drawing up the last cast-on stitch to meet the first cast-on. ICare should be taken to make sure that the cast-on edge is not twisted.) The fourth needle is used to knit the stitches from the first needle, and then as each needle becomes free, it is used to work the stitches from the next needle. When changing over from one needle to another, pull the yarn firmly to prevent a ladder forming. Keep track of the beginning of the round with a marker.


Embroidery is a great way to enhance a simple jacket such as the Daisy Cardigan or to create a particular effect as in the Baby Blanket. For those who may be unsure of their skill with Fair Isle or intarsia, embroidery is a good way to add colour to a garment.

blanket stitch

Although blanket stitch is usually used on the edge of a piece of knitting, the principle is the same for the eyelet detail on the Daisy Cardigan (see page 120). Secure the yarn to the edge of the fabric. After deciding on the height of the stitches you require and also the distance apart, insert the needle from front to back taking these requirements into account and making sure the yarn is under the needle tip at the edge of the fabric. Pull the yarn through, then re-insert the needle a short distance away, with the yarn once again under the needle. Repeat this until you have worked around the eyelet or along the edge and fasten off. making sure the last stitch is secure.

french knots

Bring the needle up and through the fabric. Wrap the yarn twice around it, holding the thread tautly. Re-insert the needle back through the fabric as close as possible to where it emerged, pulling the yarn to hold the wraps tight.


Place the yarn on the fabric following the outline. Using matching thread to 'couch', bring this thread through the fabric and over the yarn, then reinsert the needle as close as possible to where it emerged. Repeat along the length of the yarn to hold it in place. The more couching stitches you make, the more secure the yarn line will be.

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  • bilcuzal
    How to knit eyelet in the round?
    8 years ago

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