Simple Way to Start Knitting from the Centre

Simple Way to Start Knitting from the Centre

Many crochet hats, blankets, shawls, doilies and toys are made from the centre out, and in most cases, it is recommended to start with a magic ring (also called magic circle) to eliminate the hole at the beginning of the work.

Magic ring is a well-know reliable technique that crocheters have been using for years. We can easily adapt this technique to knitting and make knitted top-down hats, centre-out blankets, shawls, doilies and toys without forming a hole at the starting point.

Elizabeth Zimmermann described a variation of this method as the “Emily Ocker’s Cast On” in her book “Knitter’s Almanac”. She suggested using a crochet hook, but why not use a knitting needle instead?

Here’s how we can do it step-by-step.

Now, that we cast on and secured the stitches and even created a cute four-petal design, we can move on and work on the project according to the pattern instructions. I turned my cast-on edge into a circle by using the shaping instructions from the Brigitte Beret pattern.

Simple Way to Start Knitting from the Centre

You can work in any other pattern to make a circle, a centre-out square or any shape you like, and turn it into a beautiful blanket, shawl or a top-down hat.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

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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 - www.10rowsaday.com

Simple Way to Start Knitting from the Centre
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Simple Way to Start Knitting from the Centre
 | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Start Knitting from the Centre
 | 10 rows a day