How to Knit a Stockinet Stitch in the Round

by Jessica Daniel
Knitting stockinette stitch in the round is simple and relaxing.

Knitting stockinette stitch in the round is simple and relaxing.

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Knitting is a relaxing activity and the easiest stitch to work is the knit stitch. Take the purls out of your knitting by knitting stockinette stitch in the round. Working in the round creates a tube of knitting perfect for hats, sleeves and sweaters. No more need to seam up the sides and sew together a project, only to discover the seams are uneven. Circular knitting takes the trouble out of your knitting and nothing does it more than stockinette stitch in the round.

Items you will need

  • Yarn
  • Circular needle
  • Stitch marker
Step 1

Pick your project and your yarn. The desired pattern will determine the size of circular needle to use. Standard circular sizes are 16 inches for a hat, 12 inches for a sleeve and 24 or 32 inches for a sweater body.

Step 2

Cast on the number of stitches as stated in your pattern onto the circular needle.

Step 3

Join the needle in a circle to begin knitting. Make sure all of the stitches are straight and even. The bump edge of the cast on should face downward with the stitches untwisted on the needle. Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Step 4

Knit all stitches. When working on circular needles, this is called a round instead of a row. Knit by inserting the right hand needle into the stitch on the left hand from the bottom to the top and from the front to the back. Wrap the yarn around the needle clockwise. Pull the needle with the yarn wrap down through the stitch on the left hand needle then pull the stitch off the left hand needle.

Step 5

Continue knitting all stitches on the round. On the next round, knit all of the stitches again, always knitting all stitches until the piece is the desired size. When worked in the round, the wrong side is never facing you, so the stitches stay the same on every round for stockinette stitch. This gives the stockinette stitch appearance to the piece, with the knit "v" on the right side and the purl bump on the wrong side.


  • "Stitch N Bitch The Knitter's Handbook"; Debbie Stoller; 2003
  • "Knitting Around"; Elizabeth Zimmermann; 1989

About the Author

Jessica Daniel has been writing professionally since 2005. She has worked in the arts-and-crafts field, publishing knitting patterns with Lorna's Laces and My Sister's Knits. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and women's studies from St. Xavier University.

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