Ok, so here’s the actual joining bit.
Look at the wooden needle. See how it’s got rather a lot of stitches on it? And how they’re jammed up awfully close to each other? Yup, well that’s the sets of stitches we picked up in the earlier post. One from the live stitches, one from the cast on edge, one from the live stitches, one from the cast on edge, all the way around.
So now you go along and work one new knit stitch into each pair. So you make one new stitch, and that new stitch joins together one of your live stitches with the one from the cast on edge that was right beside it.
You literally just doubled the number of stitches on your needle (by picking up a all those stitches at the cast on edge) and now you’re decreasing them away by working a series of decreases.
The result looks unspeakably smooth and round and tidy, and I’m madly in love.
It is very very very slightly fiddly. But if you understand what you’re doing, it all makes sense and isn’t hard and is totally worth it.
Or, alternately, you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to and you can say ‘um, yeah, no’ and nope out and do a more regular brim.
But oh, oh I’m delighted by it. And I shall be doing it again in the future.