How to Knit back and forth on circular needles (Flat knitting on circular needles)

How to Knit back and forth on circular needles (Flat knitting on circular needles)

When you want to knit something very wide (let’s say, a crib size blanket, or a big adult poncho) there is simply no way to accommodate all your stitches in a straight needle. There is nothing more useful in these cases than using a circular needle with a long cable!! Of course, you will not weave your work in a circular way, but BACK AND FORTH in a flat way. Let me show you below how it is done.

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Hi there!

I have a NEW blanket knitting pattern cute as a bunny 🙂 With a pompom tail, because any knitting baby project looks lovely with a pompom, right? You can find it in my Etsy shop and in my Ravelry Store.


Is an easy pattern for beginners who want to start knitting projects with more than one color 🙂 It includes abbreviations, and charted and written row-by-row instructions to make this lovely blanket in 2 SIZES: Stroller / Baby Size and Crib size.

For this pattern I use INTARSIA technique to work with different colors. Below, I share with you an explanation of this technique (which I also include in my pattern).


Intarsia is a knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. Unlike other multicolor techniques the yarn is not carried across the back of the work; when a color changes on a given row, the old yarn is left hanging.

  • When you’re switching colors, you’ll need to twist the colors together in the back so that there is no hole. When you arrive at a point where the color changes, you need to bring the new color up underneath the old one (to prevent holes) and start knitting with it.

Pattern file 1      Pattern file 2

WS: Grey color being brought underneath cream color yarn. The next p stitch is knitted in grey.

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RS seen from back: Cream color being brought underneath grey color yarn. The next stitch will be knitted in cream.

This is how the bunny part of the blanket looks once finished knitting, but BEFORE weaving the ends:

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It’s super important to close any gap in the fabric when you weave in every yarn end. Otherwise, you could end with a hole like this:

Pattern file 10

I hope all this info helps with your next INTARSIA project.

Have a lovely day, and HAPPY KNITTING!!

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NEW Quick & Easy Baby Romper Pattern

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Hello there!

When I started knitting, I was always looking for easy projects that only involved garter stitch and were quick to finish. If my project didn’t meet any of those two requirements, it would most probably end up hanging unfinished from a needle, inside a bag, in my closet… Maybe that’s the reason I accumulated so many needles during my early “knitting years” 🙂

Remembering all this, I decided to start a series of “all knitting (no purl!)” patterns, of which my QUICK & EASY BABY ROMPER will be the first. With easy-to-follow instructions and tips, is a wonderful pattern for beginners. It uses Worsted yarn and US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

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It is also great for knitters in search of a speedy project for babies (you know, when you need to produce a last minute gift, I know I’ve been there!)

I included instuctions for 4 sizes, and you can find it in my Etsy shop here.

I hope you like it!


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You’re welcome to sell your items produced from Oh La Lana! patterns! But you may not re-sale or re-distribute commercially my patterns in any manner. Thank you in advance for being respectful with my work!

Popcorn Baby Romper “Iguazú”

My “Iguazú” Popcorn Baby Romper is knitted flat. The popcorn stitch adds a fun and cute texture.

Popcorn stitch pattern
Popcorn stitch

The pattern is well within reach of adventurous beginners 🙂 If desired, the popcorns can be skipped to produce a more basic romper which can be finished very quickly!!


♥ 24 PAGES of detailed instructions for each size separately, abbreviations, photos, construction tips, stitch glosary, and video links. And, as always, email support 🙂
Includes both US and Metric needle sizing and dimensions, and several yarn suggestions.

You’re welcome to sell your items produced from Oh La Lana! patterns! But you may not re-sale or re-distribute commercially my patterns in any manner. Thank you in advance for being respectful with my work!


Hi there!

It’s been a long time since I purchased this yarn (BERKSHIRE BULKY, from Valley Yarns) and started to write a baby poncho pattern. It took me some hard work, but IT’S DONE! I’m very happy with the result 😀

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You can find my new pattern in my Etsy shop, here: ESQUEL Baby Poncho Pattern

The pattern has 23 PAGES of detailed instructions for each size separately, abbreviations, diagram, construction tips, stitch glosary, written and charted diamonds and twists pattern.

– 0 to 6 months.
– 6 to 12 months.
– 12 to 18 months.
– 2 years.

Happy knitting!

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NEW PATTERN Scalloped Edge Baby Blanket

This baby blanket is super easy to knit, and is perfect for beginner knitters who want to start with colorwork. It knits fast and it looks wonderful!

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You can find it in my Etsy shop here. Happy knitting!

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I finally finished my pattern for a basic baby sweater. Is knitted in the round to avoid seams and I added a little embroidered “baby bear face” for increased cuteness 🙂

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You can find it in my Etsy shop here.

I hope you like it!!


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Easy Knit Baby Bloomers FREE PATTERN – OhLaLana!

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Hello! After a very busy week, I finished testing all sizes for these easy baby bloomers /diaper covers / soakers. Yay!! They’re knitted flat in 1 piece, and the sides are seamed at the end. You can make the eyelets and pass a ribbon (as I did) OR skip that and just go for a simple waist rib.

It’s a very easy and fast knitting project. If you’re a beginner you may find the picking up of stitches for the leg openings a bit challenging, BUT… They also look great without ribbed leg openings! Therefore, it’s up to you 😀

I hope you like them!!

If you have any doubt or need help, leave me a message in the comments box.

Thanks for stopping by, and HAPPY KNITTING!!


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(color codes are the same in the instructions section)

– Premie / Newborn. Width: 6.5” (17 cm). Length: 6.25” (16 cm)

– 1 to 6 months. Width: 7” (18 cm). Length: 7” (18 cm)

– 6 to 12 months. Width: 7.5” (19 cm). Length: 8” (20 cm)

– 12 to 18 months. Width: 8” (20 cm). Length: 8.5” (22 cm)

PLEASE NOTE that I measure the bloomers unstretched.


– 1 pair of straight needles US 7 (4.5 mm)

– 1 pair of straight needles US 4 (3.5 mm)

– DK / Light / Worsted  yarn.

– Tapestry needle to loose yarn ends and scissors.


19 sts x 25 rows in stocking st with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)


CO: cast on

St: stitch

p: purl

k: knit

k2tog: knit 2 sts together

p2tog: purl 2 sts together

yo: Yarn over


– CO 34 (36, 38, 40) sts with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

I always cast on and bind off stitches with larger needles than I use for the main work. This prevent my cast on and bind off rows from being too tight.


– With US 4 (3.5 mm) needles knit 6 rows in k2/p2 rib.

Slip first stitch on every row as if you were to knit it, but without knitting it (except on the first row). It will form a nicer border.


– Next row: k2, *p2tog, yo, k2** Repeat from * to ** until the end of row, ending with k2 or p2.

(NOTE: if you started your rib with p2, then work *k2tog, yo, p2** instead.)

– Keep working in 2×2 rib until total length of 2” (5 cm).

– Change to US 7 (4.5 mm needles) and work in stocking stitch with 1 garter stitch at each border until total length of 3.75” (9.5 cm) / 4.25” (11 cm) / 5” (13 cm) / 6” (15 cm)

– Keep knitting as before while making decreases at each side as follows.

  • Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of every row 10 (10, 12, 12) times.
  • Bind off 1 st at the beginning of next row 2 (2, 2, 0) times.

12 (14, 14, 14) sts remain in needle.

– Knit 1.5” (4cm) in stocking st with 1 garter st at each border. In next RS row, begin increases:

  • Cast on 1 st at the end of each row 2 (2, 2, 0) times.
  • Cast on 2 sts at the end of every row 10 (10, 12, 12) times.

– Now you have again 34 (36, 38, 40) sts in needle.

– Work the same amount of rows in stocking st with 1 garter st at each side that you knitted before decreasing.

– Change to US 4 (3.5 mm) needles and make rib 2×2 as you did before.

– Bind off sts with US 7 (4 mm) needles.

– Cut yarn and loose ends with tapestry needle.

So far, your baby bloomer will look like this:

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A) If you like it as it is, you can sew the sides using the knots left by the garter stitches:

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– Loose yarn ends and ENJOY!

B) If you want to knit the leg opening rib:

– With US 4 (3.5 mm) needles, pick up 38 (40, 42, 42) stitches from RS along the future leg opening, as indicated in the next photo:

easy baby bloomers diaper covers soakers knitting pattern

– Knit 0.75” (2 cm) of 2 x 2 rib. Bind off with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

– Repeat in the other side.

– Sew sides as indicated above, loose yarn ends and ENJOY!


Do you want to see more free knitting patterns?

Visit OhLaLana!’s free pattern section —-> FREE PATTERNS

Diamonds Hat Knitting Pattern

NEW Knitting Pattern in my shop 🙂 7 pages of detailed written and charted instructions.

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  • Worked in the round.
  • Lace diamond patterns of decreasing sizes, each charted separately.
  • Children and Teenager/Adult sizes.

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If you like it, you can find it here

Pattern Tomi 4

As you can see, Tomi enjoys modeling my hats. Specially because he gets to keep them!!


See you soon!

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Working on my new freebie…

Hi there!

You problably wonder…

What will happen next

Well, here’s the answer: I’m working on my next freebie:

Baby Bloomers!


I started designing the 12 to 18 months size. I always start with the larger size because if I did some mistake in any calculation based on my tension/gauge square, there will be more evident.

I think I’ll finish working all sizes by tomorrow, so…

Stay tuned

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