It can be tricky to learn how to knit with double pointed needles, but this blog post will show you how it’s done!
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What are double pointed needles?
Double pointed needles (DPNs) are used in knitting small circumferences in the round, such as the top of a hat. They’re also great for working small projects like socks one at a time, rather than using circular needles. Although DPNs may look intimidating at first, they’re actually not that difficult to use once you get the hang of it!
Why use double pointed needles?
There are many reasons to use double pointed needles instead of straight needles or circular needles. They are great for small projects like socks or gloves, and they can be easier to use than circular needles because you don’t have to worry about the yarn slipping off the needle.
Double pointed needles are also very versatile — you can use them to knit in the round or to knit flat projects. And, if you’re a beginner knitter, double pointed needles can be a great way to learn how to knit in the round.
If you’re ready to give double pointed needles a try, here’s a quick guide on how to use them.
How to cast on with double pointed needles
Double-pointed needles (DPNs) are short needles with points at both ends. They’re used for knitting in the round, when you can’t use a circular needle. Double-pointed needles come in sets of 4 or 5 and are sold in various lengths.
To cast on with double pointed needles:
1. Start with one needle and some yarn. Make a slip knot and put it on the needle, leaving a 6-inch tail.
2. Hold the needle with the slip knot in your right hand and the other 2 needles together in your left hand, like you would hold chopsticks.
3. Use your left hand to wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle clockwise once.
4. Use the point of the left-hand needle to poke through the loop of yarn on the right-hand needle from back to front.
5. Wrap the yarn around the left-hand needle clockwise again and pull it through the stitch on the right-hand needle, making sure not to tighten it too much (stitches should be loose). You’ve now made 1 stitch on your left-hand needle. Repeat these steps until you have cast on the desired number of stitches, making sure that there is an equal number of stitches on each of your 3 needles.
How to knit with double pointed needles
Double-pointed needles (DPNs) are long, thin needles that are used to knit in the round. They come in sets of four or five, and each needle has a point at both ends. DPNs are typically used for small circumference knitting, such as socks, hats, and the sleeves of sweaters.
To use DPNs, you will need to cast on the required number of stitches using a circular needle. Once the stitches are on the needle, you will divide them evenly between the DPNs. To do this, hold the needles so that they form a triangle and then slip a stitch from the circular needle onto each DPN, until all of the stitches have been divided.
Now you’re ready to start knitting! To do this, you will need to hold the needles so that two are in your right hand and two are in your left hand. You will then knit with the needle in your right hand and purl with the needle in your left hand, just as you would if you were using straight needles. As you knit, make sure that you snug up the stitches on the needle so that there is no yarn slack between them.
Once you have completed a few rounds, you can start to shape your knitting by decreasing or increasing the number of stitches on each needle. When you have reached the desired width or length, you can bind off all of the stitches and weave in any loose ends.
How to purl with double pointed needles
When you knit with double pointed needles, you create a fabric that looks like it was made with two single pointed needles. The process is simple: you use one needle to knit the stitch, then another needle to purl the stitch. You can alternate between the two needles as needed, or use both needles to knit all of the stitches.
How to bind off with double pointed needles
Binding off with double pointed needles is a simple process that results in a professional looking finish to your knitting. Here are the basic steps:
1. knit two stitches onto one needle
2. take the first stitch you knit and pull it over the second stitch, making sure the yarn is tight
3. repeat step 2 until you have only one stitch left on the needle
4. cut the yarn, leaving a tail, and pull through the last stitch to secure
Tips for using double pointed needles
Double pointed needles (DPNs) are commonly used to knit small, circular items such as the crown of a hat or the fingers of a glove. If you’re new to using DPNs, here are some tips to help you get started:
1. Choose the right size needles. DPNs come in a range of sizes, so it’s important to choose the size that is appropriate for your project. If you’re not sure which size to use, consult your pattern or ask a knowledgeable friend.
2. Start with an odd number of stitches. When you’re using DPNs, you will always have an odd number of stitches on your needles. This ensures that your work will be evenly balanced and will prevent holes from forming in your fabric.
3. Distribute your stitches evenly. Before you start knitting, take a moment to arrange your stitches so that they are distributed evenly amongst your needles. This will make it easier to knit without losing track of where you are in your pattern.
4. Use a stitch marker. A stitch marker can be very helpful when knitting with DPNs, as it will mark the beginning/end of your round and help you keep track of where you are in your pattern.
Projects to make with double pointed needles
There are many different projects that can be made with double pointed needles. Some popular projects include hats, socks, and mittens. Double pointed needles are also often used for making toys and smaller items such as coasters.
Where to buy double pointed needles
There are a few places where you can buy double pointed needles. You can find them in most craft stores, as well as some general retailers like Walmart or Target. You can also order them online from a variety of different websites.
FAQs about double pointed needles
Painstakingly picking up stitches with single pointed needles? Dpn’s are here to save the day! Here are some FAQ’s about double pointed needles to help you on your way.
What are double pointed needles used for?
Dpn’s are typically used for knitting in the round, or when you need to knit with a small number of stitches.
How do I use double pointed needles?
Double pointed needles are usually used in sets of four or five. You start by casting on the required number of stitches onto one needle, then divide them evenly between the other needles. When you get to the end of a row, you simply rotate the needles and start knitting again.
Can I use double pointed needles instead of circular needles?
Yes! If you don’t have any circular needles on hand, or if you prefer dpn’s, they can absolutely be used instead. Just be aware that dpn’s can be more difficult to use for some projects, so it may be worth investing in a set of circular needles down the road.