Please clarify 2 circ, knitting

calicokittyFebruary 5, 2009

Can anyone help me to understand in which direction to knit when working in the round with 2 circular needles? This is what has me stumped.

In this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RybPvCNfrT8 ,

she starts knitting counter-clockwise. She knits into the last cast-on stitch and knits around to the first cast-on stitch.

Yet on this site, http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/twocirculars.html ,

the knitting goes clockwise. She takes the working yarn, pulls it across the gap to start knitting on the other needle. She knits into the first of the cast-on stitches and knits around to finish on the last cast-on stitches.

I've followed both set of directions and both work. I've managed to get through a few projects using one method or the other. My brain just can't find the rhyme or reason.

I'm hoping one of you can help me figure this out. I'd be much happier if there was one standard rule of how to. Right now I'm just puzzled.

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donna_loomis

While I have seen it done with moving (or even exchanging) one stitch to the other needle, I have never seen the actual knitting done the way Cat shows in her video. I LIKE IT! The second video you posted is the way I have seen it done. But with Cat's way there is not length of yarn stretched between the two tips when you get to the end of the first row, which is usually what I end up with. Of course, it all works out fine after a couple of rows, but I definitely am going to use Cat's way next time.

In short, I don't either way is wrong or right. They both work fine, and it is strictly a matter of preference and what you are comfortable with.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2009 at 12:59PM
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calicokitty

Thanks for your answer, Donna. It was you who first told me about knitting on 2 circulars last fall when I asked about the London beanie. I started off using Cat's method. Then later tried the other.
Still not sure which I prefer, but am glad to know there's no right or wrong.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2009 at 8:17PM
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