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Knitting on Double Pointed Needles

August 17, 2013

Knitting in the round on double pointed needles seems daunting at first, but it’s really not too tough. The trickiest part is figuring out the best way to hold your work and your needles (and everyone is different). A little practice is all you need to wrestle the porcupine!

::: How to Knit in the Round on Double Pointed Needles (dpns) :::

1. Distribute your knitting onto 3 needles (or 4, if you prefer, and you have a total of 5 dpns)

2. Pick up your fourth needle

3. Starting at the first stitch of the round, knit with needle 4 in your right hand and needle 1 in your left hand.
(note: make sure you pull the first stitch on a needle a little extra tight, if you are too loose you will get ‘ladders’, loose points in the knit fabric between needles)

Even though you are using 4 needles, you are really only working with 2 at a time. If you put your knitting down or just plain forget where you are at, remember that your yarn will always come from the right.

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Work all the stitches on needle 1, keeping in pattern (follow pattern directions to see how you should be working these stitches). Now you will have one empty needle (formerly needle 1) and your 4th needle will be full.

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Next you will be knitting with needle 1 (recently emptied) and needle 2.

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Take your empty needle and begin working with your empty needle and needle 2. Starting to see a pattern? You are always using the empty needle to knit the next needle in the series. The trick is never to put your needle down. You are always working with 4 needles, but only using 2 at a time.

Round and round you go, always using the empty needle to knit the next.


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. kali permalink
    May 18, 2014 7:35 am

    Wow, I have yet to use don’s.. I’m just getting used to using circular needles, but these tutorials are AWESOME! They really helped and I ADORE THIS patterns and the Harvest Sweater.. just wished I knitted a little faster ahahahahah

    • May 22, 2014 7:25 am

      Practice, practice, and more practice will make your knitting quicker! You could also try to learn to knit continental style… most folk think it’s faster than english style (but I just knit slowly!).

  2. Anna permalink
    April 25, 2014 1:14 am

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’m learning to knit with DPN’s.

    What brand of DPN do you use here and in this tutorial http://blog.tincanknits.com/2013/10/25/lets-knit-a-sweater/? They look nice and pointy!

    • April 25, 2014 3:03 pm

      I can’t remember for the life of me what the brand is but they are rosewood (which I love) and I got them at Unwind Knit and Fiber Lounge!

      • Anna permalink
        April 25, 2014 4:00 pm

        Thanks! It seems they are Lantern Moon.

  3. August 18, 2013 9:06 am

    Beautifully illustrated. I am trying to change over to wood only. It is so pleasant to work with and your stitches don’t usually fall off unless they are very loose. The metal aggravates my arthritis too :P

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