I read a blog post this morning about working in the round. It was written to be an introduction to working on circular needles, and an encouragement for those who are struggling with it.
I love working in the round myself. Less purling! Faster! Hats! Socks! Cowls!
Although it's overall helpful, the writer says something that I fundamentally disagree with: that a twisted round is unfixable. This is a common belief: that if you join with a twist, it's a catastrophic, unfixable mistake.
Quite the opposite. It's entirely fixable. And so easy to fix that I've actually stopped checking for the twist before I join. Frankly, if I'm casting on many stitches onto a long circular, or coping with the porcupine that is a set of DPNs, I focus my energy on holding the needles in a way that's comfortable, and getting a good join.
Once I've worked my first round, I then check for a twist and fix it.
|A round with a twist: no need for panic.|
There is a 'but', and it's a reasonably big one: you can only fix the twist in the first round. After that, it's set. But that's ok - just get into the habit of checking for a twist after the first round is complete, and you're good.
Cast on, join your round as normal, and work all the way around.
Once you hit the start of the round, lie the work down and check for a twist.
If it isn't twisted, move on smugly.
If there is, just fix it! The video below shows you how. In words: fix it by swinging the point of one of the needles through the middle of the round.
What you're actually doing is transferring the twist to the cast on edge. This is why you can't do it later on in your work, as the twist will be visible in the fabric. But a twist in the cast-on edge isn't visible.
Yes, this also works on a circular needle or magic loop. It's a slightly different way of looking at it, but what you're doing is just moving the twist along the needle until you hit the tip, and then "run" the twist off.
And then, either way, move on smugly.
You're welcome. ;-)