Cast On with Circular Needles

Choose a circular needle that is the appropriate diameter for your yarn, and that is at least 2 or 3 inches shorter than the circumference of the item that you're going to knit. If the needle is too long, you won't be able to join the round. You can use a circular needle that is much shorter than—even half—the circumference of your knitting. However, a needle that is too short will make it difficult to see your knitting, because it will be so gathered.

1 Cast on stitches in the same manner that you would with straight needles, using the method of your choice.

Note: If the cast-on stitches do not spread easily around the entire needle and cannot be joined into a round, try a shorter needle.

2 When you have cast on the correct number of stitches, make sure that your stitches are not twisted.

Note: To avoid twisted stitches, make sure that the cast-on edge is going around the inside of the needle.

The Best Cast-On Methods for Circular Knitting

You can use your preferred cast-on method for circular knitting. However, some cast-ons are better than others. For example, the simple cast-on is thin and tends to spiral around the needle easily, which could lead to creating an unwanted twist in your knit tube. The most reliable cast-ons for circular knitting are the long-tail method, or the knit cast-on.

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