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Cross Stitch Knitted On Circular Needles Versus Knitted On Two Needles

I came across a question on the G+ about a cross stitch pattern: "How to knit cross stitch pattern on circular needles?"

You can see a cross stitch knitting on two regular needles HERE. But how to do the cross stitch on circular (or double pointed needles)? I gave it a lot of thinking and this is what I came up with:

The difference between two needles and circular needles is that on two needles the cross stitches have to be knitted every even row and purled every odd row. But on the circular needles they have to be knitted every row. So how do we make it work to make the pattern look same (or at least very similar) on circular (or double pointed) needles?

(Here is a link to my post about an American Girl Doll Hat Crocheted with cross stitch on circular needles)


Here is written step-by step of how to knit it both ways:

Abreviations:

K - knit
Ktbl - Knit through the back loop
P - purl

  • Cross stitch On Two Needles:

Row 1 - CO an odd number of stitches (such as 19 or 25....)
Row 2 (Knit side) - slip very first stitch onto the next needle, *[skip the next first stitch and Ktbl the second stitch (keep it on the needle), K the second stitch from front (regular way), only then remove both stitches from needle] - repeat from * until end
Row 3 - Purl side) - slip very first stitch onto the next needle, *[skip the next first stitch and P the second stitch from the front (keep it on the needle), then P the second stitch also from front, and only then remove both stitches from needle] - repeat from * until end
Repeat the Row 2 and Row 3 as many times as needed


  • Cross Stitch On Circular Needles:

Row 1 - CO an odd number of stitches (such us 19 or 25....) connect into circle (round), but when connecting please realize you are starting already Row 2 by knitting the second stitch first (see Row 2)

You will always knit on a right side, as there is not a wrong (purl) side.

Row 2 - *[ Ktbl the second stitch (keep it on the needle), K the second stitch from front (regular way), only then remove both stitches from needle] - repeat from * untill all 24 stitches are done, then move 25th stitch onto next needle and start Row 3 making your 25th st. your first stitch
Row 3 -   *[K the second stitch from front (keep it on the needle), Ktbl the first stitch, only then remove both stitches from needle] - repeat  from * untill all 24 stitches are done, then move 25th stitch onto next needle and start Row 4 making your 25th st. your first stitch

Rows 4, 6, 8, 10..... (all even rows) = same as Row 2
Rows 5, 7, 9, 11..... (all odd rows) = same as Row 3

Note: This is the closest way for the pattern to look alike you would knit it on two needles. Please, note that the beginning of your each new row will shift by one stitch (see my white mark where I started, and how the beginning of the rows on my needle shifted after several rows). Also, since I was working on double pointed needles, I had to slip the "odd" stitch (= 9th stitch since I worked with 4 needles and had 8-8-9 stitches distributed between 3 needles) from each needle onto next needle while knitting around. On the circular needles you would slip only one (the 25th) stitch. However, there will be exactly same one stitch shift in each row's  beginning for either type of needles.