I struggled with figuring this out folks, so I decided to put up a tutorial of the steps for casting on two gloves or mittens on one circular needle. Since learning to knit two socks on one long circular needle, I’ve grown fond of seeing both items knit up at the same rate on the same needle.
I decided to knit the Knotty gloves (Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knotty-gloves), but I’m planning to modify the pattern for a set of fingerless gloves. Either way, I wanted to knit them at the same time on a single needle and so I needed to figure out the cast-on technique. I consulted a few tutorials online, and came up with my own set of steps, which I’ll share with you here.
Disclaimer: These steps are brief and intended for a knitter who is familiar with knitting two items on one long circular needle.
1. Cast on one half the required stitches using a knitted cast-on. The long-tail cast-on only complicates things when you’re using this method.
2. Next, cast on the required number of stitches for the second glove or mitten.
Notice, the first glove with only half the stitches is on the left, and the second glove with the full number of required stitches is on the right in this photo.
3. Split the second set of stitches in half and pull the cable through to create the magic loop.
If you notice that the working yarn for the first glove appears to be on the wrong side, don’t panic – this is actually correct.
4. Now, you’ll continue the cast-on for the first glove. Using the other end of the needle or a third, pull the working yarn through the last stitch and place it on the left needle (shown at the top in the image above).
Since we’re using a knitted cast-on, you can simply continue casting on on the correct needle now.
5. Cast on the second half of the required number of stitches for the first glove or mitten.
And there you have it. You’re ready to start knitting. Be sure to pull the sides together snugly to avoid ladders between the needles (but you probably knew that already).