Here are a few ways to prevent the dreaded ladders when knitting in the round. (Ladders are those too-loose stitches that happen when you change needles.)
- After the needle changeover, pull the working yarn really tight during the 2nd stitch on the new needle. That tightens up the first stitch’s connection to the previous needle.
- When switching to a new needle, before taking the first stitch, give a downward tug on the already-knitted rows, to remove any bunching that might be happening between the old needle and the new needle.
- As you knit the last few stitches on a needle, grasp the already-knitted rows below the left needle, with your left thumb and middle finger (pinch tightly). This prevents stretching while you knit those last stitches.
For more knitting tips that will help with Witch Warmers see
Preventing Uneven Ribs
Big Magic Loop
Closing the Bind-Off Gap
Quick and Dirty Striping
Adding a Color in the Round
Straightening and Joining in the Round
Magic Loop Rocks!
Short Witch Warmers
Black Attack: Working with Dark Yarn
Cast-Ons: Keeping Count
I Love Cable Cast-On