Do you remember when you were a child and someone told you not to do something, when prior to being told you hadn’t even thought about doing it? However, once you’d been told Don’t do it! you were irresistibly drawn to doing it? Well, I seem to be playing a subconscious version of that game with my knitting.

Ribbing in the round

Up until recently I never gave much thought to casting on and knitting the first few rounds on a circular needle. However, not so long ago, I used a pattern that told me Be careful not to twist the knitting when I join the two ends. Twice since then I’ve cast on in then round. Twice I’ve carefully looked at what I’m doing. Twice I’ve heard the voice from that pattern saying, DON’T twist the knitting! Twice I’ve though I’ve not twisted it. Twice I’ve knitted on to find a row or two on that I’ve twisted it!

WIN_20150308_161024This has got me wondering…

Is my subconscious doing it on purpose, just because I’ve been told not to?

Was there some knack to not twisting that I formally had and have now lost?

Are there any tricks help stop twisting your knitting when you join it on a circular needle?

Any thoughts? 🙂

Bekki Hill

37 thoughts on “DON’T DO IT!

  1. I try to avoid knitting in the round although I do use circular needles for some things – just knitting back and forth though. If there’s twisting to be done I will probably do it at some stage and I imagine my expression will be something like yours 😉

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  2. I always work at least the first round before joining. That way it’s easier to see if I’m twisting it and I just close the gap with a stitch when I’m sewing in the ends. I find it much easier on DPNs than on circulars – magic loop is especially tricky for me.

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      1. I know – it feels like you should be able to do it without twisting. How hard can it be? And most times, it’s fine – but it takes quite a bit of knitting to realise it’s twisted, so I’d rather not take the risk. Now I do it every time.

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  3. lol. I have had to restart a few projects due to a twist, no matter how careful I try and be. I love knitting in the round, and enjoy circular needles very much.
    All the best with not twisting, but just smile and know it happens to all of us! 😉

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  4. Haha! What a great face, you kind of look like teacher just found you out. 🙂 I remember Tommy in third grade (oh my this is reaching back…) Mrs Tinkle said “I don’t want to hear a peep out of anyone”. Yep, Tommy said “peep”. Love to see your knitting projects, and have no idea how they work, so you can do it however you want and it will be wonderful to me!

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    1. I actually love it when I get going. I think big projects don’t take anywhere near as much pushing – if any. I do wonder sometimes how much quicker magic loop size projects are than knitting up and down, but I do love that there’s no seam to sew at the end.

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  5. I love knitting in the round (socks and hats so far) and am always careful to make sure I’m not twisting my stitches. I’ve done it on DPNs, Magic Loop and working with two circular needles at the same time. I had to watch several youtube videos to make sure I did it right and still go back every once in a while to make sure 🙂 This is one of my favorites for making sure you don’t get that gap, although I still get it sometimes!

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  6. I’m right there with you! I taught myself to knit on circulars, because I HATED dpns, and I started a sweater, and completed two hats BEFORE I decided to work with a pattern. And right after that cast on? Join. Be careful not to twist.

    And what do I do? I twist.

    I’m with Carol. Work a row or two to put some weight on your stitches and help straighten them out. Then join.

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  7. Lol!! I love the look on your face!! I ALWAYS twisted the circle somehow despite my best, laborious efforts. Now I simply crochet or knit a round or two and then join the circle when the stitches have got their acts together! You raise the point that it may not have been my inadequate yarn facilities at all, but rather the incipient suggestion pasted into my subconscious………… Which makes me feel so much better about the whole process 🙂

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    1. I like the idea of waiting until the stitches have got their act together. I know what you mean, but it does make them sound like naughty children you’re waiting patiently for to Settle down 🙂


  8. LOL your post made me giggle. What is it about being told not to do something that makes it irresistible? Although twisting knitting is not all that much fun, but eating chocolate is so much more pleasurable when you are being naughty! lol No answers for you, just encouragement!

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  9. Oh, how frustrating Bekki. I’m with you on the ‘been told, must do thing’! What is it about not to’s that makes us want to!! It is so frustrating when the circular project twists, I have found it with crochet too! I was very careful not to get it twisted with my socks as per instructions and was okay but I haven’t really got any tips, hopefully better next time 🙂 x

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      1. Yes!! I remember trying to use the positive when Abi was little, I seemed to be forever asking her to ‘walk on the path please’ when inside I was mentally screaming ‘get off that grass, it’s littered with dog mess and I don’t want to clean yet another pair of foul smelling shoes!!’ 🙂

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  10. Yes, it sounds like your subconscious Is asserting itself. It does seem odd that you’ve never had this problem before. Your face on that photo is brilliant – the expression, I mean. I can’t offer suggestions re knitting on a circular needle because I’ve never used one. Such a sad gap in my education.

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