Circular Knitting Patterns for Neat Knits

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in Knitting | Comments


I can’t speak for all knitters, but I’m lazy when it comes to finishing. I love the process of knitting a piece, but when I get to the end I do not want to weave in those ends, seam the edges, or sew on a button. I’ve been known to leave sweaters unfinished for years just because I did not want to do the finishing. (I know. Shameful!)

The great thing about circular knitting is that you don’t need much finishing. You can’t really get away without weaving in your ends (ugh), but you can escape seaming. Not only does circular knitting save you a few headaches, but it also makes your knitting look neat and clean.

Whether you’re brushing up on your circular knitting or trying it for the first time, these circular knitting patterns will put those circular and double-pointed needles to work.

bindo

Bindo Pattern

While you’re brushing up on your circular skills, throw in a couple more challenges like moebius cast on, basketweave stitch, and a picot cast off. My favorite part? The basketweave is reversible, so you never have to worry about displaying a wrong side.

cable heart skirt

“Heart Me Forever” Cable Knit Skirt

A seamless pattern guarantees that nothing interrupts these gorgeous cables. The pattern requires four different sizes of circular needles, so owning an interchangeable set would come in handy.

flower pattern

Daffodil Flower Pattern

Knit a bloom that promises to never wilt. Knit the center of this flower in the round, then use I-cord to make the stem. The petals are knit flat. Make several of these and toss them in a vase to create a faux-flower bouquet.

cozy

Magic Loop Coffee Cozy

See what all the fuss is about when you use magic loop to create these seamless coffee cozies. Knit yours in stripes, like the sample here, or go for a solid color. And what’s even better? The pattern is free!

irene shawl

Irene Shawl

Ribbing leads to leaf-like shapes in this beautiful shawl knit completely in the round. Since it’s seamless, no need to worry about where the shoulders fall when you put it on.

hat

Avonlea Hat

No circular knitting pattern roundup is complete without a hat. Hats are one of the most common circular-knitted items, and this gorgeous pattern would be the perfect addition to your circular pattern collection.

cat sweater

Prep School Cat

Designer knottygnome describes this sweater as a low-stress way to try knitting in the round. The vest is worked in the round from the bottom up to the armholes and then knit flat for the back and front. Join the shoulders using a 3-needle bind-off and you’re all finished.

boot cuffs

“Tristea” Calf Boot Cuffs

Use circular knitting (and a small amount of yarn from your stash) to create continuous spirals that make up these pretty boot cuffs.

Want to learn even more about circular knitting patterns? Take Stefanie Japel’s Hats Four Ways: Circular Knit Lab class to learn the ins and outs of knitting a hat. You’ll be able to tackle any circular knitting pattern after finishing the class!

Are you a circular knitting pattern fan? Would you rather work with circular needles or double-pointed needles?

Comments

  1. I’m with you on the finishing of seams….the worst! I do love to pick out buttons to coordinate with my projects, though. Great post and lovely projects today. Thanks.

    Sheila

  2. hc1951 says:

    I’ve worn out a few bamboo DPNs (except for the one my daughter’s bassett hound, Brountom Longfellow, used as a “toothpick”). I never seem to have the right length circular needle for my projects ;-)

  3. Marcie says:

    Oh my goodness!!! I thought I was the only knitter in the world that hated sewing all of the pieces together to make a sweater!!! I hate to say it but, I have become a bit of a snob and if the pattern is a “Pieced” pattern, I don’t even bother with it, because I know that I’m NEVER going to sew all those pieces together!!!
    I have felt a bit guilty for years as to not ever getting all those pieces sewn together. Because if I did, I would have sweaters for days!!! And I’m not kidding!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Top Down patterns!!! :)

    1. Rena Brewer says:

      My thoughts exactly!

  4. Jean McFaull says:

    Can you tell me where I can get instruction from the beginning of our to use a circular needle?

  5. Pat Shoemaker says:

    Is there a book with the above knitting pattererns in it. I cannot download the e books

    1. Joanne says:

      I’ve been looking for a book as well. If you find one, can you email me and tell me how to find it. Thank you.