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Help with knitting with circular needles
or how do I prevent a gap between first and last stitch
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Date: 12/31/12 10:04 AM

Hi everyone. I am working on a honey cowl and it is done on circular needles. It requires that I cast on 110 stitches. My problem is that I get about an inch of yarn between first and last stitch when I join the round. How can I avoid this.

Also the pattern called for 26" size 8 needles and the only size 8 needles I could find were 29". Is that a problem?
Thanks for your help.

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Date: 12/31/12 10:14 AM

Give that yarn a ***good***, firm tug to pull those stitches next to each other before you release the first stitch of each round - that will close the gap.

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Date: 12/31/12 11:25 AM

Are you talking about the first row join? Otherwise you just have a marker and keep knitting in the round with no gap. If it is the first join..the good tug works. Also knit the last few and first few stitches tighter than normal and it will relax later into uniform stitches.
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Date: 12/31/12 11:58 AM

Generally, that gap will diminish/disappear as you keep knitting. After you are a few inches in, look for it again and see how noticeable it is.

That said ... if you are knitting on 29" circ it may just be too big so all your stitches are being pulled a little too much and it's more obvious at your join. How pulled do your stitches look on the needles? How big around the cowl supposed to be? How many stitches per inch?

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Date: 12/31/12 10:19 PM

I can see that you are right and that the gap is starting to disappear. Thanks for letting me know that. The cowl I am knitting is 12x22 and there are five stitches to the inch. I think I am going to be okay on the 29" needles. I really like the pattern and it was a free one on Raverly called honey cowl. Thanks for your help.

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Date: 1/1/13 0:16 AM

I recommend YouTube! Check out Cat Bordhi on circular needles. She would have said to cast on one extra stitch, and then knit the first and last stitch together to help pull the circle tight. She is very clear and mellow. You'll love her videos.

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Date: 1/1/13 0:28 AM

What a great idea.

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Date: 1/1/13 7:59 AM

The Madelinetoh one? I just checked it out. Looks like a vey fun knit. Please post a pic here when you're done or tell us when you get a pic up on ravelry. I would love to see it when you're done.

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Date: 1/1/13 1:51 PM

When knitting on circular needles in the round, your needle length must be shorter than the item being knitted (by at least 2 inches). You cannot knit a 22" piece on 29" needles or you would be stretching your work. You would need needles 20" or less, measured from tip to tip.

I'd suggest you measure your item at this point to determine if you are still getting the gauge. Measure every few inches so that you will not be disappointed with the finished product.

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Date: 1/1/13 1:53 PM

Wow you all are so helpful. Thanks so much. I will go to my local knit shop tomorrow and get the correct size needles.

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