Introduction
Tools for creating circles
Knitting Techniques
Inspiration

Think 'outside the box'

As machine knitters, we spend a lot of time knitting rectangles and squares. Knitting circles opens up a world of design possibilities.
Consider shawls, hats, blankets, pillows, home dec. Knit circles alone, or combined with rectangles to create unusual designs no matter what you are knitting!

Knit a circle in one piece (pinwheel):
  • Cast on 1/2 the width with an open cast on
  • Knit wedges using short row shaping
  • Scrap off
  • Invisibly seam the cast on and bind off edge

Knit separate wedges:
  • Cast on each wedge and DECREASE to a point
    • Create 6-8 wedges to form your circle
    • Use "sew-as-you-go" to join the sections if you prefer
  • Start at the point and INCREASE to the edge
    • Create 6-8 wedges to form your circle
    • Use "sew-as-you-go" to join the sections if you prefer

Using the Circle Calculator Tool

Initially this tool looks overwhelming. It has lots of power and options!

There are only 4 decisions you need to make
  1. Choose the type of circle you want to knit (knitting method - Pinwheel or Wedges)
  2. 6 or 8 wedges
  3. Enter YOUR gauge
  4. Enter the finished width you want
Voila! Exact, accurate knitting instructions for the perfect circle

Circle Calculator Tool

Circle / Polygon Tool

Circle / Polygon Tool

Create circles on any knitting machine with any yarn!
Your choice: 6 or 8 wedges, short row or decrease construction. For hats, blankets, pillow tops, scarves ... you name it!
Why struggle with the math to create a circle? Why guess?

Let the Knit it Now tool give you EXACT knitting instructions for a variety of circular styles.

Flat Short Row Circles (Pinwheel)

Create a one-piece circular shape with short-rows. The bonus is a pinwheel shape that is formed automatically!

Use this for blankets, coasters, shawls, 2 piece pillow covers
  • Flat
  • Pinwheel shaping
  • Short row construction
  • Knit in one piece

One Piece Pinwheel Pillow Cover

Quick Win | Easy Knitting
Expand on a flat pinwheel by working shortrows on both sides as you knit. This forms a "pocket" to insert a pillow form.

Invisibly seam the cast on and bind off edge and everyone will wonder "how'd you do that?"

Circles - Decreased Wedges

Knitting wedges allows you to make large circles (think HUGE round blankets).
  • Some knitters feel that decreasing is faster than increasing.
  • Decorative decreases can be incorporated
  • Use sew-as-you-go if you like
You aren't limited to plain 'ol stockinette! With the Knit it Now circle tool, you can use any stitch pattern, any yarn (or combinations of yarns). Make it your own!

Circles - Increased Wedges

Knitting wedges allows you to make large circles (think HUGE round blankets).
  • Work automatic increases for fast knitting.
  • Decorative increases can be incorporated
  • Use sew-as-you-go if you like
You aren't limited to plain 'ol stockinette! With the Knit it Now circle tool, you can use any stitch pattern, any yarn (or combinations of yarns). Make it your own!

Seaming Inspiration

You have lots of seaming options when knitting wedges for your circles (either increasing or decreasing)

Incorporate the seam as a design element or "hide" the seam with mattress stitch or sew-as-you-go. It's your choice!

Seaming - Putting It All Together

Bickford Seams - The Flattest Seams Ever!

Show off Seams

Show Off Seams 2

Twisted Join

Sew As You Go

Hairpin Lace Seam

Raglan Seam Options

All About Short Rows

Not and expert with short rows? Check out the classroom "All About Short Rows"

Bolster Pillows Quick Win

Small round bolster pillows can add interest to your home decor. Covered in knitting they can be the perfect touch (especially for a knitter's home)!

Consider the shape of this pillow: It's a tube enclosed by 2 circles.

You have choices for a tailored, custom fit pillow cover
  • Knit separate circles and attach them to the tubular body
  • Knit the body horizontally or vertically depending on your yarn and stitch pattern
  • Knit the body and the circle-shaped ends at the same time

Christmas Tree Skirt

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  • Your choice of 2 styles
  • Use ANY yarn, ANY machine, ANY stitch pattern
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  • Technique videos for each step of the way
  • Dynamic Pattern is included - make your skirt any size!
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Swirl Top Beanie

Constructed with decreases, the crown of this Swirl Top Beanie is a circle.
Why not knit a short-row circle, then knit a rectangle for the body of the hat and attach it to the circumference of the circle?
Similarly, use a circle for the top of a tam or beret

Circle Inspiration

From blankets to shawls, the back of a baby bonnet, the bottom of a wine bottle cover .... knitted circles can be used in sooo many places!