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Hi, I have recently learned to basic knit, no pearl or anything. I am ok with just basic knitting for right now, but I am trying to teach myself to knit in the round, and cant for the world figure out how to connect the two sides, do I have to know how to pearl to connect it? Does anyone have a free online tutorial I could look at? TIA!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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No, you don't need to learn how to purl when you knit in the round. Check out <a href="http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/index.php" target="_blank">knittinghelp.com</a>. She has great visual demos.<br><br>
ETA: You need have to have circular needles when knitting in the round... or work with double pointed needles.
 

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thanks!!! I have the circular needles, but wonder if I wouldnt be more comfy with double pointed instead, have you found them to be more simple to use than the round?
 

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Depends what you are making. Circular needle you just carry on knitting indefinitely. DPNs you have to change needles every so often.t
 

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i think you will be happier starting with circs.<br><br>
what i do is (making sure all my stitches are even so i'm not twisting the round, i slip the stitch on the left needle onto the right. then, i slip the stitch that used to be first on the right over it and onto the left.<br><br>
this probably isn't the best way to do it, and it's a bit cumbersome, but it's what my grandmother taught me when i was very small, so it's the only way i know to do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
good luck and please feel free to ask any questions you have!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">what i do is (making sure all my stitches are even so i'm not twisting the round, i slip the stitch on the left needle onto the right. then, i slip the stitch that used to be first on the right over it and onto the left.<br><br>
this probably isn't the best way to do it, and it's a bit cumbersome, but it's what my grandmother taught me when i was very small, so it's the only way i know to do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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That's actually how Barbara Walker described how to do it in Knitting From the Top (which I'm so happy I found). It works really well. Another way I've done it is to cast on an extra stitch and slip that extra stitch onto the left needle and then knit the extra stitch and the first stitch together.
 

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Circs *are* easier, but don't let dpns intimidate you.<br><br>
They're easier than they look. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Yes, I was scared of using DPNs, but they're not hard to use. It's definitely easier to use circulars, but I think everyone should have knowledge of how to use DPNs, too (for those projects that you can't use circulars on).
 
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