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How to Knit Video – Examples of Knitting in the Round and Knitting Flat


I’ve had several customers ask about the difference between patterns written to knit in the round vs. knitting flat.

I get the question “Why do I knit all the rounds instead of knit 1 round and purl 1 round when working the stockinette stitch?” Well, funny you ask because when I was learning how to knit in the round I had the exact same question! ;) Once I had knitted a couple of patterns in the round it all began to make sense.

So, I just created a new YouTube video explaining some swatches that were knit in the round and flat. I hope I can save you some time, eliminate some confusion and create some peace while you’re learning how to knit or learning a new technique!

Take away:
When knitting in the round you’re always working the “right side.”
When knitting flat you work the “right side” and “wrong side” every other row.

Here are what the patterns will look like when knitting flat:
Stockinette Stitch: Knit one row, purl one row.
Garter Stitch: Knit every row.

Here are what the patterns will look like when knitting in the round:
Stockinette Stitch: Knit every row.
Garter Stitch: Knit one row, purl one row.
{the opposite of knitting flat}