Knit in the Round on Two Needles

If you don't like knitting on double-pointed needles, you can knit small-circumference items like socks, legwarmers, mittens, and hats on two circular needles. To practice this method, you'll need a ball of yarn and two circular needles in the diameter recommended for your yarn. The needles don't have to be the same length.

O Cast on at least 30 stitches on one of the circular needles.

2 Slip half of the stitches onto the second circular needle.

3 Slide each set of stitches to the other end of its circular needle, as shown. Arrange the needles so that the working yarn is coming from the needle in your right hand.

Note: Take care not to twist the point where the cast-on stitches split onto the two needles.

4 Slide the stitches on the needle with the working yarn attached so that they are positioned on the flexible cable section of the needle. Drop that needle and hold the empty end of the needle holding the first half of the stitches in your right hand, ready to knit.

5 Use the needle end in your right hand to knit the first stitch on the left needle, giving the working yarn a firm tug to close the round.

Knitting this first stitch joins the round.

Q Knit the rest of the first half of the stitches from the left needle, and slide these worked stitches to the flexible cable section of the needle. Drop that needle.

7 Slide the unworked stitches to the tip of their needle so that the cast-on tail is at the bottom and the next stitch of the round is ready to be worked.

8 Use the empty end of the needle holding the unworked stitches to knit the rest of the stitches to complete the round.

9 Repeat steps 4-8.

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