Three Ways to Start Knitting From the Center Out

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:


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 #1Once 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.

You will also receive two e-books and six knitting patterns as a special bonus, so go ahead and get it all right now before you forget 😊

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.

Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko -

Three ways to start knitting from the center | 10 rows a day
Three ways to start knitting from the center | 10 rows a day
Three ways to start knitting from the center | 10 rows a day