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How to knit two at once in the round: Learn to cast on two matching knits at once



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hello today I want to show you how to

make two knitted items at once on the

same set of knitting needles you can do

this for mittens and gloves or even for

hats any small item that you want to

turn out to be the same size this is

also great for knitting sweater sleeves

and similar items the first thing you'll

need to know is what kind of knitting

needles to use you'll need a set of

circular needles with a long cord you'll

need at least a 29 inch cord I like to

use a 36 inch cord because I feel like

it gives me just a little bit more room

to work the second thing you need to

know is that you should split your yarn

into two balls one for each separate

item I'm going to be using two different

colors of yarn today so you can see

where the stitches change just a little

bit more easily but you may want to use

the same color of yarn so that your two

items match the first thing you do to

get started is to choose your first ball

of yarn

we'll use the blue as our color one and

we'll do a normal longtail cast on for

the item that we're going to make so

pull out your tail I'm going to make a

little tiny baby hat and it calls for 40

stitches cast on so go ahead and make

your slip knot take that slip knot and

place it on one of the needle ends and

simply cast on this difference here when

you're going to make two separate items

on one set of needles is you're going to

cast on half the stitches that your

pattern calls for so since my pattern

calls for 40 stitches I will be casting

on 20 stitches to get started with the

color one and then we stop

and you just do your normal cast on I

like the long tail because it makes a

stretchy little end let's count how many

stitches we have here we want to make

sure we get to 20 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 17

18 19 20 so that is your step 1 when

you're going to cast on 2 different

items you want to cast on half the

stitches that your pattern calls for in

color number 1 or with yarn ball number

1 now for step number 2 when you're

casting on 2 items at once you slide

those first 20 stitches or the first set

of stitches depending on what your

pattern is called for down to the end of

the first needle and move color number 1

or ball number 1 aside then you take

color number 2 and you're going to do

another cast on for your second item so

this will be our second hat and since

our pattern calls for 40 stitches we'll

cast on 40 stitches with color number 2

or yarn ball number 2 the second set of

stitches you cast on all of the stitches

that your pattern calls for so we'll go

ahead and cast on 40 stitches here first

step number 2

that should be 40 but you always want to

double-check at this point because once

you've moved on to the next step you

can't go back so once you have all your

stitches cast on you double check so

we've got 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22

24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 and 40 stitches

so as you can see on step 2

you're going to have your first set of

stitches will be half of what the

pattern has called for and your second

set of stitches is all of the cast on

stitches that the pattern calls for now

for step 3 you are going to pick up both

needles at this point and you're going

to take the first set of stitches the

color one stitches and slide them around

to the second needle so just slide them

back being careful not to twist them

keep them straight so that the bottom of

your item will be nice and neat and

slide those all the way to the tip of

the other needle of the empty needle of

your circular needles just like that

then take

the color one stitches or the excuse me

the color two stitches the purple

stitches in this case and you're going

to split those in half so you're going

to count half the stitches for me that's

20 stitches so we've got 2 4 6 8 10 12

14 16 18 20 and at this point you're

going to slide it you're going to take

that little cable cord and you're going

to very gently pull it through be

careful not to twist your stitches while

you're doing this one way to double

check that your stitches are not twisted

is on the back needle you'll see sort of

a purl side see the little bumps the

purl side those will need to face you on

the back needle and on the front needle

you'll see it's a little neater it's

more of a knit side so the purl side

stitches will face you on the back

needle and the knit side stitches will

face you on the front needle and that's

how you know that you're not all twisted

up is you want all the little pearl

sides to face you and all the little

knit sides to face you on the front

needle all right now the very next step

you take is to cast on the second half

of your stitches with your first color

your color one or your ball one and

you'll do that in the same way that you

cast on any other long tail stitches

make sure that the tail of the yarn will

be draped over your thumb and the

working yarn draped over your pointer

finger your first finger and there'll be

a little X here at the bottom and you're

going to cast on to the first needle and

you cast on half the stitches your

pattern calls for so that you'll have

all of the stitches that you need to

cast on

the needles when you're done so we'll be

casting on 20 stitches to finish out our

pattern

and 20 and again always double-check

here and make sure you've cast on the

right amount of stitches so that you

match your pattern 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16

18 20 all right so we have all of the

stitches we need cast on to make two

separate items following my baby hat

pattern and when you're done casting on

go through and untangle a little bit if

you keep untangling as you go you'll

have a lot less problem when you turn

and you make your first row so as you

can see I've made my long tails quite a

bit too long so right now is a really

good time to go ahead and clip them off

at about 10 to 12 inches I wouldn't do

any longer than that or you can get

tangled but don't go too much shorter

either you're going to have a hard time

leaving them in all right so now you've

cast on all the stitches and you're

ready to move forward to making your

first row when you're knitting two items

at once on the same set of needles all

right now that we've cast on all of our

stitches how do you start to knit your

first row well first thing you'll do is

you'll take the cast on stitches that

have been in your right hand and you're

going to turn the entire piece over so

all of the working stitches all the live

stitches are going to be in your left

hand now and it'll be sitting just like

this next you take your back needle and

you gently without twisting your

stitches be very careful not to twist

your stitches gently slide that needle

through and you're going to turn it

around and you'll be working with your

right

and pulling the live stitches from your

left hand as you work so you start with

your ball number one or your color

number one again make sure you don't

twist your stitches you want to see sort

of the knit side of the cast on facing

you on the front needle and the purl

side of the cast on facing you on the

back needle that helps you not get all

twisted on this first row now you'll get

your first color of yarn or your first

ball of yarn and you're going to work

from that now sometimes these two balls

get tangled and you just untwist them as

you go so don't get too worried about

that as long as you don't start getting

knots little twists here and there okay

you can untwist it as you work so my

pattern wants me to knit purl the first

row so you simply knit into the first

stitch and follow your pattern knit and

purl for my entire first row

you'll be working half of the stitches

that the pattern has called for just as

you cast on half of the stitches that

the pattern called for with your color

number one and then you'll be switching

on to color number two once you've

reached the end

and her

okay now at this point you've completed

half of your first row of your first

piece take the first color of yarn and

just set it down I'm starting to get a

little tangled so let's untwist here

we're going to move to color number two

for our first step of color number two

stitches that are on our needles as you

can see you want to make sure you match

up the yarn from the working ball with

the stitches that are on your needles if

you kept working with number one you'd

end up having your two items tied

together so make sure at the end of that

first set of stitches you drop color or

ball number one and pick up color or

ball number two and then you follow the

pattern the same way again it wants me

to knit purl so we go ahead and we knit

with color number two and purl with

color number two all the way to the

middle of that first row so you're only

doing half the stitches of the pattern

on each side of the needle so we'll have

20 on this side before we turn our

needles

and just gently slide them again make

sure you don't twist your stitches up so

that your brim or bottom of your work is

going to stay nice and clean and even

all right now at this point you don't

need to drop color number two you can

just keep hanging on to it but you'll

pull very gently this cable through so

that your needle is hooked through the

other stitches on the backside

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turn your work

straighten your stitches if you want to

drop the color number two you can but

you don't have to at this point because

you're going to continue to work with

color number two on the second half of

that piece so now that we've got our

stitches a little bit straight on the

front needle we pull the back needle

through make sure you leave a little

loop here so it doesn't lose your

stitches and you continue to work the

pattern in color number two so we've got

our knit purl for another 20 stitches

nits and one last Pearl with color

number two and as you can see that was

the first completed row after the cast

on for your color number one now go

ahead and drop color number one set it

aside or excuse me drop color number two

set that aside and go back to color

number one the blue or ball number one

if you're using the same color get your

stitches in that color onto your needle

and ready to work and slide them down to

the tip pick up the color and work the

second half of the stitches for Row one

and your color number one so as you can

see color number one is always split and

you do the first half of the stitches

you drop that pick up color number two

work the entire row of stitches even

though you're turning it in the middle

you're working it all the way through on

a color number two then you go back to

color number one and finish out the

second half of the stitches and that's

how you'll do every single row in the

same way you always work half of color

number one all of color number two and

then the second half of color number one

we've got our last knit and purl and we

finished both row one for both little

items we have here this works the same

way with mittens or anything else you

always work half of color number one

move to color number two do all of color

number two and then finish the second

half of color number one let me show you

just one more time how you slip it so

when you're done with your first row you

do the same kind of flip you can either

pull your needle through now and then

flip or you can flip and pull your

needle through it depends on what you

feel is easier I like to flip and pull

my needle through line both those

needles up

and you're going to pull that back

needle out again so that it's empty and

you can go back to working with color

number one again when they get tangled

don't worry just untangle them carefully

and continue to work your pattern in the

same way all the way around until you're

finished