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Knitting in the Round: Fixed Circular vs. Double-Pointed Needles

By Ashley Little
Woman Wearing a Trendy Knit Headband

If you're new to knitting, the vast selection of knitting needles probably gives you a headache. Straight needles are easy enough to understand, but things get complicated when you start knitting in the round with fixed circulars, double-pointed needles, or both! No need to cry when you shop the knitting needle section. Here are a few ways to know when you should use fixed circular needles and when you should use double-pointed needles.

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Lacy Cabled Knit Cowl

5 Tips for Knitting in the Round

By Ashley Little

From seamless hats to fingerless gloves, knitting in the round opens up your knitting to a whole new world full of double-pointed and circular needles. But knitting in the round isn't always a walk in the park. Here are a few tips for knitting in the round to avoid frustrations — and to avoid ripping out your project.

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How to Avoid Laddering When Knitting in the Round

By Ashley Little
Laddering When Working in the Round

Do you know what laddering is? If you've tried knitting on double-pointed needles, I'm sure you're familiar with this evil mistake. Laddering is what happens to the stitches on the ends of each double-pointed needle when they're stretched too much. It shows up between your double-pointed needles looking a bit like a dropped stitch. Laddering is a common mistake for all knitters -- not just the beginners. Here are 4 simple ways to avoid laddering when knitting with double-pointed needles.

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Get the Right Fit: All About Negative Ease

By Ashley Little
Woman Holding an Umbrella Wearing a Knit Cardigan and Red Dress

There are a few special things we knitters have that no other craft does. There are tools, of course, like cable needles. We have our double-pointed needles and our circular needles. And we even have a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to fitting knitted fabric. One of those tricks is negative ease.

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8 Tips for Weaving In Ends

By Ashley Little
Knitting Swatch with Unfinished EndsOh, weaving in those annoying ends. It's the task we all dread. I'm embarrassed to say that I've left plenty of projects sitting on the shelf unfinished, with only the ends to weave in. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to make weaving ends a little less painful. Read more »

Don’t Fear the Armscye

By Ashley Little
Sleeveless Cable HoodieWhat happens when you see a beautiful, gotta-have-it pattern and that scary word "armscye" appears in the instructions? Learn what an armscye is and why it's important for your knitting. Read more »

Tips for Sewing Up Your Knitting

By Ashley Little
Tips for Sewing Up Your KnittingEvery now and then, we knitters have to be multi-talented and add sewing to our list of skills. Like weaving in ends (yuck!), it's just one of those things we have to do as part of finishing a project. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you sew up your knitting. Read more »

Decode the Types of Knit Stitches

By Ashley Little
Types of Knit StitchesIf you're new to knitting, some of the lingo floating around the Craftsy blog may sound like a foreign language to you. Don't worry! We'll help you decode all those weird words -- and maybe even convince you to try a few new stitches. Read more »