One of the most exciting things about crochet is that you can start with just a few stitches or even one loop and work in rounds increasing stitches every here and there. Before you know it, you’ve got a granny square, a hat, a blanket or a cute amigurumi.
Well, it is also possible to do in knitting without much effort at all. The part that often scares knitters – getting the initial set of stitches – is not really that complicated.
There are quite a few ways to start working from the centre. I’ll show you my favourite three, but before we get to knitting, let’s set a few things straight:
NUMBER OF STITCHES
The number of stitches you need to cast on will depend on the pattern you are using. For this demonstration we’ll be making little squares, so we’ll be casting on 8 stitches. If your pattern tells you to cast on fewer or more stitches, follow the pattern.
All of the ways we’ll discuss here, set up your knitting for working in the round. That means you will have to use needles that you normally use when you knit in the round. It could be double-pointed needles, two circular needles, or one circular needle if you prefer to use the magic loop technique.
Now that we have these issues sorted out, let’s see how we can start knitting from the centre and out.
Now you know three ways to start knitting from the centre and out. Try every one of them and decide which of the ways you like better.
The full step-by-step photo tutorial about these ways is a part of the Knitting Collection #1. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (190 pages!) with this and 22 other tutorials included in the collection.
If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:
“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book
Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.
“Neat Side Edges” Book
Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.
Dealing with Unfinished Projects
Dictionary of Knitting Symbols and Abbreviations – E-Book
Eastern (Russian) Knitting Simplified
How to Shape Neckline Without Binding Off Stitches – E-Book
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