KasCuddle KAL Step 3

by Dawne on September 22, 2010

More from Helen, our fearless KAL leader.  (Thank you Helen!)

Time to join the collar so we can knit in the round for the body of the KasCuddle!

To complete this joining, you need to grasp your circular needle and bring the two edges of the collar side by side as in the photo.  When you look at the row of knitting in front of you, make sure the first two stitches are knit stitches, not purl stitches. If they are purl stitches, knit another row in ribbing.  Knit stitches will come first when you turn your knitting to begin the joining.

Step 3: joining the collar

The reason for this is that when you knit the two pieces together, if you start with a purl stitch the stitch seems to really pull and enlarge.  It is easier to begin the joining with a knit stitch, and the stitch will not pull and gap so much.  Pull the stitches tight as you begin to knit.  You will only use the knit stitch in this stage because the collar is finished.  You are finished with purling.

The knit stitch is the only stitch you will use for the rest of the KASCuddle.  Knit for 25 more inches, to complete the body of the Cuddle.  At that point you’ll be ready to bind-off.  There will be one more post with links to various options for finishing the KasCuddle; it’ll be entirely up to you which way you choose.

Feeling the love of stripes?  Click here to read how Helen added stripes to her Cuddle.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula September 22, 2010 at 14:41

Do we knit the collar together now? Or are we just putting it together, I’m new at circular needles…I’m now confused.

Helen Flagg September 22, 2010 at 14:53

Yes, Paula, we are knitting the two pieces of the collar together.
Put your needle from one side into the first knit stitch on the
other side, throw your yarn, and complete the knit stitch,
pulling the two pieces of collar together. Then begin to knit
in stockinette stitch only. Pull the first couple of stitches
tightly so the two edges of the collar are snug together and
then just keep knitting………..and you will be beginning the
body of your cuddle! Happy knitting!

Paula September 22, 2010 at 15:12

Thank-you for your quick response. I actually looked it up on youtube to see what it looked like, and got 3 very helpful videos. This looks easy and fun. I now have to go and look for the stitch markers I inherited from my knitting mother, who, actually, I remember thought knitting in the round was too difficult. It’s too bad she died before youtube was invented.

Helen Flagg September 22, 2010 at 16:25

Paula, I am really proud of you for looking for answers on the
Internet when you have knitting questions. That is a great habit
to get into and shows real resourcefulness. Good for you! Everything we can do to advance our knitting skills one step at
a time means more enjoyment of our craft and more opportunities
for creativity.

Dochas22 September 22, 2010 at 19:56

If I don’t have any stitch markers handy, I substitute a rubber band looped twice around the needle, or a twisty tie made into a loop. Or even a scrap of yarn tied loosely around the needle.

Modelwidow September 22, 2010 at 20:28

Thanks for the clear explaination of joining.
As I was a bit late casting on I enjoyed a lunch times knitting the collar in the park today in the sunshine, so I have now caught up .

Helen Flagg September 22, 2010 at 22:01

Thanks for the suggestions! Improvization is so creative………..
whatever works for you, do it!

Dawne September 22, 2010 at 22:06

I always use yarn to make loops for stitch markers. There are so many ways to use waste yarn and it’s so much cheaper. If I lose a stitch marker (which I do too often) it’s no big deal to get another one!

Yvonne September 22, 2010 at 23:04

I think I understand everything but after we join the collar and start knitting the body of the Cuddle, do we just do knit stitch or do we do stockinette stitch? The Step 3 directions say knit stitch but your reply to Paula says to knit in stockinette stitch. Am I making this more complicated than it really is? :-}

Becka Westcott September 22, 2010 at 23:28

Hi Yvonne –
When you knit in a circle you get a stockinette stitch by Knitting every row. If you wanted a garter stitch you would have to Knit one row/Purl the next row.
It is exactly opposite of how it works on straight needles knitting back and forth.
It is why I love circular needles – I can knit “stockinette” using only a Knit stitch which seems to work up faster for me.

Helen Flagg September 23, 2010 at 00:05

Becka is exactly right, Yvonne. The knit stitch is all you use
for the body. There is no “going in the other direction.” You
just knit around and around until you get the length you want.
It looks like stockinette stitch but you only use the knit stitch.

Helen Flagg September 24, 2010 at 00:11

I have finished my Cuddle in order to take a photo and need to
say a word about yarn. Some of us are tight knitters, some very
loose knitters, some, like me, middle of the road. As we are in
new territory making a larger Cuddle than before, I did not want
anyone to run out of yarn (those very loose knitters in mind) so I
specified 21 oz. of yarn. My larger Cuddle did not require the
last two skeins of yarn with my average tension style and the fact
that I added two inches of striping. (More about that later.) If you
too find that you have a couple of skeins left, maybe you might
like to add two more and consider making another Cuddle since
you are mastering the process? Some very loose knitters may
well go into the last two skeins, but I did not want to err on the
side of being too conservative with the yarn requirement.

Becky Zolt September 24, 2010 at 03:23

I’m glad you are going to talk about stripes, because I am trying to add them. What to do with the ends, can I carry the yarn behind for 2 or 3 rows, or do I have to cut it and weave it in? I’m really pleased with my project so far.

Helen Flagg September 24, 2010 at 11:32

Becky, as soon as Dawne is ready, a stripe addendum will be up.

Dawne September 24, 2010 at 13:29

Hi Becky (and other stripe lovers)

Check out: Helen’s notes on stripes.

Yvonne September 24, 2010 at 14:07

Thank you Becka and Helen. After posting I went back and reread everything I had printed off and saw that it was just one stitch that I would be using. Plan to join my collar and start knitting in the round tonight. My very first time doing this-yikes! Am pretty excited though.
Thanks for adding the stripes info too Helen because I plan to add more colors. This is so much fun and I’m saying a little prayer for the baby that will get this.

Linda September 26, 2010 at 03:31

I am very pleased with this project. I had been looking at the patterns for these cuddly sacks for babies, thinking I might like to knit one, when you brought out the idea! So it fit right in with what I wanted to do. I don’t very ofter knit with large needles, so was a bit doubtful about how it would look, but it really is turning out very nice. Thanks for giving us the idea and pattern and tips.

Helen Flagg September 26, 2010 at 21:47

Linda, I am so pleased that you are happy with the way your
Cuddle is turning out. Please do post a photo on the Forum when
you finish. We want to have a gallery full of these Cuddles when
everyone is finished so we can see how they all turned out. The
team in SA is going to be so delighted with the outpouring of love
that comes when all these arrive at Ronda’s!! Thank you for
joining in!!

Sedgwick September 30, 2010 at 18:24

Helen, it’s great that you’re doing this. I have two questions: I prefer the long-tail cast on and use it for most things. Is there some reason it’s specifically recommended for this project. And two, it’s hard to find the directions for this project. From the KAS site, there’s no link on the front page, and from this site, it’s hard to find Steps 1 and 2. I have to go looking for them every time. Would it be possible to have a clear link from the front page of this site and also from the front page of the KAS site? Thanks!


Dawne September 30, 2010 at 21:41

Hi Sedgwick,

Every post pertaining to this KAL (every step of the instructions) can be found on the KasCuddle page. It’s in the menu of static pages that runs horizontally at the top of the blog. I can’t speak for Helen but I would guess the long-tail cast-on is recommended because it makes for a strong edge. Thanks for joining along with us!

Helen Flagg October 1, 2010 at 03:38

Hi Sedgwick…………..Dawne is quite correct. The Cuddle receives
quite a bit of wear…….tugging and stretching to get the babies
into and out of the Cuddle daily. The long tail cast on gives a
strong, stretchy edge that will take the wear and tear.
Do check out the KasCuddle page. The steps are all there on
one page.

Sedgwick October 2, 2010 at 16:21

Well, duh! I could have found the link there myself. And thanks for the answer about the long-tail cast-on. And for the project!

Val Barnes October 3, 2010 at 20:41

I am new to this site – have sent off a few squares already but really want to do the Cuddles Can I make them up of Afghan (Granny) squares and then line it with thin fleece, or perhaps warm sheeting ? I can crochet the collar on after when the basic bag is finished.
Can anybody advise or whether these would be too warm ?
Val Barnes

Helen Flagg October 7, 2010 at 13:10

Val, I don’t think they would be too warm at all. Knowing that
the temperature in Johannesburg sometimes dips to zero at
night in the winter and the shack settlements have no heat, I
think the warmer we can make them, the better! Be sure to make
the Cuddle 28-29″ in circumference and 30″ long…….and you
can improvise any way you would like! Post a photo for us to
enjoy your creativity when you finish!

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