I have an awful flu today so I am doing a super simple tutorial since it is about all the brainpower I have got right now.
Stitch markers! They are definitely a knitter's best friend. I mention in many of my patterns to "PM" to mark the beginning of the round. PM=Place marker. So, I am going to show you what I mean.
You probably know that when knitting in the round using a circular needle (not magic loop) you place the marker between the first stitch of the round and the last stitch of the round:
So instead, I place my marker after the first or second stitch of the round. Then when I come to it I know I am on the first needle of the round. You will just slip your marker as you come to it.
Same goes for Magic Loop, you can't place your marker between the last and first stitch of the round, since it will fall off your needle.
So again, I place it after the first or second stitch of the round so I know when I see it I am at the beginning of my round. Again, I will just slip it as I come to it.
This will work with your dpns, too, though you will need to keep your eye on it to make sure that increases/decreases don't make it appear to be below a different needle than the first needle of the round.
Tah-dah! Now you know how to mark the beginning of your round! Stay tuned for more tutorials next tuesday, and please feel free to let me know what you would like to see a tutorial on!