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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}