Knitting Help – Tubular Cast-On In The Round

In this video, I’m going to demonstrate the
tubular cast-on in the round. And this is a 2×2 tubular cast-on in the round. And I have another video on the tubular 2×2
cast-on, and in the instructions on my website for how to work it which where I direct everybody,
I tell you exactly where to join in the round but I don’t think that was enough. I should have demonstrated it in the video
because it’s been confusing to a lot of people you know, how can we join in the round and
we kind of have a little bit of knitting going? I’m gonna show you that here. First I’m gonna run through 2×2 cast-on the
whole thing just on a little sample and then actually show you how and when to join in
the round. So let’s go and take a look. This is the tubular cast-on, the example of
a tubular cast-on. And it’s really nice for hats because it kind
of just rolls into nothing and it’s really stretchy so it’s really comfortable to wear
on your head, on your forehead. And this is alpaca yarn which doesn’t really
have any give to it but you can see that that’s really nice, has a lot of give to it. So and I’m also gonna show you how to take
care of this O weaving in this end when we’re done. So to get started I’m just gonna do a few
stitches here so just to demonstrate the technique. I’m going to use some scrap yarn. I’m gonna do provisional cast-on. I’m gonna tie a knot in this scrap yarn to
mark the slip knot end. There’s my slip knot, get my needle in there
it does not…whoops not yet sorry, get my crochet hook in there, I’m gonna crochet chain
a few stitches. Now, I know what I’m doing here, put my knitting
needle over that, the working yarn reach the crochet hook over and pull it through. This is a nice provisional cast-on that doesn’t
require picking up stitches. Okay, I’m just gonna do a few. Okay, I’m going to crochet chain a few stitches
at the end and then cut the yarn and pull that through. Okay, now the next little thing that…that’s
in a scrap yarn, now we’re gonna actually start with the real yarn that we’re using. And I’m gonna use this pink yarn and we marked
the slip knot end because I wanna start at the slip knot end for this. Starting at the slip knot end I want to work
four rows of stockinette which means knit a row, purl a row, knit a row, purl a row. Turn the work. I don’t actually understand how all of this
stockinette ends up making a ribbed cast-on but it does. I would have to break it down and really pay
attention to each step. [00:03:48]
[Silence] [00:04:13] Okay, the last purl row. [00:04:16]
[Silence] [00:04:36] And now we wanna take out the provisional
cast-on. Oh, I should mention you wanna start with
half of the number of stitches you’re going to eventually need. So I cast-on 12 but when I’m finished I’m
gonna have 24 stitches. So yeah, that’s important. So starting at the non-slip knot end, it’s
all in the written instructions, but starting at the non-slip knot end I wanna take out
this crochet chain and I wanna put these stitches up on a needle. And the first stitch is always wonky, the
working yarn goes straight through it, it’s also pretty tight usually. Get in there. I’m going to take another needle to pull that
yarn out of the stitch. There we go. Okay, from here on it’s a little easier, you
look at the stitch below the provisional cast-on so the first…the pink stitch is a V right? I wanna put the leg…whoops, I wanna put
the needle under the right leg of the V. And then I can pop that stitch out under the right
leg of the V all the way across. I usually like to do a few at a time so I
can have that satisfying unzipping which sometimes catches. If the stitches split at all it will do that. It’s not a problem. Okay, so now I have stitches on the back needle
and stitches on the front needle. I want to kind of fold these together. And what I’m gonna do is knit two stitches
from the front needle and purl two stitches from the back needle and this sounds nuts. Knit, knit, yarn forward, go to the back needle,
purl, purl. Woo. Knit, knit, yarn forward on the back needle,
purl, purl. You can see how now we’re doubling the number
of stitches that we actually cast-on. Knit, knit and getting ourselves down to just
the one needle instead of the two needles. Okay, and you’ll end up with something, I’m
not gonna go and finish this but you’ll end up with something that looks like nothing. it looks like nothing at this point. You’re wondering how is this ever going to
look great but it does after you work a few rows we’re jumping back over to this alpaca
sample now. After I finish knit two purl two, knit two
purl two, and getting it all onto one needle we are ready to join in the round now. And I think the thing that’s confusing to
people is that because there’s a little bit of knitting here how do you join in the round
when there’s a little bit of knitting here? Okay, that’s what I’m gonna demonstrate that
I didn’t do in the last video. So just like joining anything in the round
I’m setting it all out and making sure it’s not twisted, my working yarn is over here
on the right. I’m just gonna pick up and continue in 2×2
rib when I join in the round. So get everything close to the tips of the
needles. It doesn’t matter if you’re using circular
needles, double pointed needles, whatever. Place a marker and then just maybe…oh, this
marker is too small. Oh, geez. I thought I knew which needle size I was using. I did not. Let me get a bigger marker, that’s crazy. Gonna use a huge marker. Okay, so I’m just gonna start knit two purl
two. The cast-on is finished now I’m just knitting
my hat cuff doing whatever the pattern tells me to do or whatever. And you’ll see that where we joined it does
look pretty funky. It starts to look a lot better as you work
more rounds but it kind of always looks funny and you so…but you have yarn right there
to fix it and that’s why we’re going…I saved this sample so I can show you how we’re gonna
fix this. This…yeah, this is where we joined in the
round and it does not look as even as the rest of it. So I’m gonna take the tapestry needle and
from what it looks like I’m following up this row of knit stitches and the second one. It looks like this is almost detaching itself
from this so I’m gonna pull that back down into there. That’s already looking a little better and
then I’m going to connect this over to here. Usually, when I’m doing this I try something
out and see how it looks and then if it doesn’t look right I just pull it back out but I’m
actually really satisfied with the way that looks. Put it back down into there. That looks really good that’s a lot smoother
than it was isn’t it? And then my working yarn is here in the back
and I can just weave in this end in the back. And then when I block it I’ll give it a little
bit of extra attention to make sure it’s straightened out. But I think that was the confusing part for
people is like how do we do this when I already have some knitting on there and why does it
look so terrible where I’ve joined in the round? And hopefully, I’ve answered those questions
and shown you how to fix it. I hope that’s all that you needed to get your
tubular cast-on in the round going. Good luck. [00:11:29]
[Music] [00:11:50]

68 thoughts on “Knitting Help – Tubular Cast-On In The Round

  • It's actually easier to make sure your knitting isn't twisted before joining in the round when you already have some knitting going.

  • I enjoyed watching that, you actually gave me an idea. At the moment I'm knitting a cowl, I'm half way through and I have a twist in it, that's ok but next time I could do the first few rows on straight needles and then join, at least then l would be able to see it more clearly. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

  • Apart from the fact that, as always, you have given us a great tutorial, I just love the new backdrop and natural lighting! Very fresh and bright.

  • Thank you Staci. I love watching your videos you make them completely easy to understand. Oh and you have such pretty nails!

  • You had me at "redesigned studio!" Great cast on instructions! I've seen the cast on in some European YouTube channels, but haven't tied it because the instructions were difficult. Thanks for making it easy!

  • Can someone tell me why one can't cast-on, then join circularly, knit four rounds, then undo the provisional cast-on and proceed with the same technique shown here (2K, 2P) ? In my mind, it works! Yeah, we all know how misleading that can be…. LOL.

    I have looked for someone doing it that way– can't find anything. I also looked for someone explaining why it has to be done flat and not circularly from the start– can't find it. I guess I have to try it and find out myself.

  • Holy Dooley! I wish I’d have seen this kind of cast on yesterday! I just cast on a pair of socks for myself and was just thinking gee i wish i could cast on in pattern….. I’d learned years ago some way but hadn’t remembered. Now this! Thanks so much!!!!! It looks so good! (This is Heidi here, using Jaana’s account teehee)

  • Could you do k1 from front needle, p1 from back needle for a 1×1 rib or brioche?

    I've been trying to figure out a tubular cast on (Italian cast on) for brioche in the round but it's just, like you said, confusing!

  • Hi Staci, can you demonstrate how to cast off with a stretchy stitch? When I've made fair isle sweaters, my cast off is so tight you cannot pull it over your head. I love your channel, I've learned so much over the years. Thanks, Lorraine

  • Loved that. Knit for years just starting to do in the round and socks not good enough yet to keep but will keep watching and learning 😀

  • Thank you, that was exactly the part that confused with, how to get that join to look nice! And most add, your video is spectacular, so nice and eqsy to follow, so good lightning, sound and well planed!

    When I first tried this the cast on did not stretch out as much as he rest of the knit. I wonder if that is by design and should I use a larger needle for the cast on? Tried it for arms and thinking about using it for a hat now.

  • This would be a good cast on method for the Gnome Premie baby hat tutorial you have. I’m going to try it. Thanks for a clear tutorial with great lighting.

  • Could I use judy's magic cast on as a provisional cast on? I actually don't mind the crochet hook version but I can never find one.

  • What's your opinion of knitting rings? I want to knit English instead of throwing, and I'm wondering if a ring would facilitate that.

  • As always, your videos are great. I love it when you have a tough stitch or the wrong marker. It's what we all do! Your patterns, by the way, are beautifully written, so your explanations carry through beautifully. Thanks!

  • I'm wondering if you have the bind off to match this cast on?

    Also beautiful fresh and clear new background! You should keep it!

    Thanks for all the very helping video!

  • For 1×1 ribbing, would I knit one from the front needle then purl one from the back needle, or would i knit one then purl one from the front needle first, then knit one and purl one from the back needle?

  • I love my circular needles, but I don't cast on them. To start with, I cast on using at least a size larger needle; perhaps I cast on too tightly; and I always cast on to a straight needle. This helps keep it from twisting and it is a simple matter, a few rows in to 'knit' that first row together with a darning needle.

  • Thank you for all your videos xxx
    This might be a really silly question but why can’t this be done using judys magic cast on?
    It would save you all the time with the crochet hook

  • I actually was experimenting with this a several days ago. I tried method shown in the video first and I didn't like how the beginning of the first round looks. On another sample I started knitting in the round right away (plain stockinette stitch first 4 rounds) and then picked up stitches from provisional CO continuing the tubular CO as usual. It can be annoying to knit with all those needles in the same place, but it looks beautiful and it totally worth it in my opinion.

  • Really interesting. I have just done a crochet hook provisional tubular cast on with the YO, K1 method. The rib slanted I think because the pattern asked me to start with knit but the YO, K1 technique means you should start with a purl. I will definitely try this method next time. Presumably 1×1 rib would work the same way. Thank you, Staci!

  • I really appreciate the work you've put into this. However, I'm very disappointed in the results using this technique. Initially I was very pleased with how it looked, and I thought it would be much stretchier than a long tail CO. I did follow all of the steps very carefully, but after completing the hat I made with this, it has very little actual "give" in the cast on. Almost the same tightness as a LTCO. The hat is ripped out for a second time…

  • Hi, can you use tubular cast on and keep knitting stockinette? I saw a knitted hat that doesnt have ribbing but it has like a tubular cast on and keeps going as a stockinette. Thanks in advance , Andrea

  • I love your videos. I learned to knit from you! To your comment about how stockinette makes a ribbed cast on: when the four rows are folded, and the two needles are brought together, we are now looking at the back side of the stiches on the back needle. The stitches facing the knitter on the back needle are purl stiches. So we are knitting into the knit stiches from the front needle,, and purling into the purl stiches from the back needle.

  • So I kept wondering why I'd be 1 stitch shy every single time no matter how many times I counted to make sure I was getting the right amount on the initial cast on. Turns out I wasn't picking up that very first stitch that you said the yarn goes "straight through" at around 5:16. Ugh.

  • A tip others might find helpful. For some reason this cast on edge isn't as stretchy at the 4 stockinette rows. You can fix this problem by working the stockinette section with a 0.5mm to 1mm bigger needle size and then switch to the actual size you need when you start the ribbing section.

  • Thank you for teaching me so many knitting techniques! Love your clear instructions every time! A question to this one: can I convert this one to 4×4 rib by doing k4, p4 when combining the stitches from the two separate needles to one needle? Thnx, Judith

  • Nice! I'm wondering if Judy's magic cast on would actually work for this instead having provisional stitches. Also, I will start a bottom-up sweater soon and I'd like to do a non-tail cast on. However, it is a twisted 1×1 rib (K1tbl, P1) for the bottom and cuffs. Would this work for that? Or should I just do an alternating cable cast on?

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