When joining knitting in the round, it’s imperative that the work is not twisted (unless it’s a desired effect). I thought I’d share a little tip on how to easily make sure that you can follow that “making sure cast on stitches are not twisted” direction. (For purposes of this demo I’ve knit a few extra rows.)
This is the correct configuration before joining the work:
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1. Lay the circular needle on a flat surface
2. Make sure the entire cast on edge i.e. β€œthe bottom” is pointing into the centre of the circle
3. You are now ready to join the two ends and start knitting in the round

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This is What NOT to do:

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Although the beginning and the end of the cast on edge are pointing into the middle of the circle, notice that there is a twist about half-way around (at the bottom of the photo). Although this would work for a funky circular scarf, it’s not so good if you’re knitting a sweater or skirt.

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