Knitting with double pointed needles? Here are five tips to make things easier,
neater and safer for your knitting. Alright, let’s go! Tip 1: Tug at the Transfer. When you’re moving from one needle to another,
you want to make sure that you tug on your working yarn. So let’s see what that means. I’m going to move on to my next needle over
here to do a transfer. Here’s my working yarn. I’m going to go around my naked needle,
and knit into that first stitch. So here’s my first stitch, and I just want
to give a bit of a tug to make sure the tension is nice and snug between these two needles. After I’ve done that I can continue knitting
as normal across this needle. That’s important because when you’re transferring
from needle to needle you want to keep that tension even. You don’t want to leave a loose gap between
each needle. Here’s what happens when you don’t tug
at the transfer. At each transfer point, there’s this very
loose jog that happens. It sort of runs down our whole work. Let’s take a look at the next join over
here. Here’s our join, and you can see that there’s
this loose strand of yarn that happens. Here’s our next join and again, there’s
a very loose strand of yarn. The rest of our work is very even, but where
the join is there’s this sort of looseness that happens. So you can avoid this by tugging at your transfer. Tip 2: Protect your stitches If you plan on bringing your knitting with
you, like say you want to pop it in your bag so you can knit during your commute, you’ll
want to introduce stitch protectors to your needles. Because your double pointed needles don’t
have a stopper on each end, it’s really easy for your knitting to just fall off – like
this. Ah! Disaster! So to prevent this from happening, you can
put a temporary stopper onto your needle. You can buy official ones that look like this. These are from Amazon. They’re a couple bucks, and I’ll throw
a link to them in the description box. Now the other option is to make your own. A rubber band is all you need. You’re just going to take a rubber band
and wrap it around the tip of your needle. So I’m going in an inch down from the tip,
and I’m wrapping this guy around my needle. Here we go. Okay, so it’s pretty secure. It’s kind of tacky, and look, when I try
and push my stitches off my needle, it’s not going to happen. Not happening, right? Because I have this rubber band stopper preventing
my stitches from falling off. Pretty cool, right? You’re going to need two rubber bands per
needle because we still have this side to contend with. So here’s my other rubber band. This one’s a huge one. I don’t even know where I got that one from. This is a monster rubber band, and I’m going
to wrap it around a couple times and here we go. Makeshift stoppers. Now I can wrap more rubber bands around each
needle and then I don’t have to worry about my stitches falling off my needle. So there you go. Remember to protect your stitches with fancy
protectors or with plain old rubber bands. Tip 3: Bamboo or wood is good If you’re wondering what kind of double
pointed needles you should get, consider bamboo or wooden needles. I find bamboo or wooden needles are better
for beginners because they have kind of a natural surface drag that holds onto stitches
better than metal or plastic needles. Tip 4: Trap a stitch marker Previously I said that you didn’t need to
use a stitch marker to mark the beginning and end of your round on double pointed needles
because you’ve got this handy little remnant of your longtail cast on. This little tail tells you where the beginning
and end of your round is. It’s right here, so I know that it’s right
between these two needles. However, there are some situations in which
you maybe want to put in a stitch marker because you don’t want to knit past the beginning
and end of your round. Maybe you’re knitting a complicated stitch
pattern, you just want this guy in there. So, you can put your stitch marker right on
your needle, just like that. But you’ll notice that if I turn my work
at all – oopsie. My stitch marker just comes right off. So that’s because when you put your stitch
marker on your needle, there’s no other stitch on the other side of your marker to
prevent it from just popping off. So what you can do is put on your stitch marker,
and we’re going to steal one of these stitches from our right needle and pop it onto our
left needle. By doing that, we’ll trap our stitch marker
in place. Here we go. I’m going to move my stitches up close to
my needle and get my left needle out and just grab that stitch. I’m going to push my stitches into the middle
of my needle so they don’t fall off, and voila. You can see that now my stitch marker is trapped
in place because we’ve got this new stitch over on this needle. So you can do that. You can just move your stitches around. Take a stitch from this needle and pop it
on this needle. I can redistribute the stitches however I
want. So that’s a really easy way to add in a
stitch marker to your knitting. Tip 5: Make an invisible join I’ve got two samples here, and this sample
was join just normally. We knit in the round on our double pointed
needles. You can see here, if we zoom in, you can see
that there’s a bit of a gap where we joined in the round. You can see a bit of looseness here, right? It’s not terrible. You can fix it by weaving in the end of your
longtail and tightening up that gap, but another way that you can achieve that nice seamless
join, is by doing an invisible join. You can see on this sample here that there’s
no jog or a gap where we joined in the round. It’s a nice seamless join. I’m going to show you how to do that next,
so let’s get into it. So, to make this invisible join, you’re
going to cast on one extra stitch than what you need. For example, if you need thirty stitches,
you’d cast on thirty-one stitches. That extra stitch is going to get absorbed
into our join, so don’t worry about it. It’s not going to throw off your stitch
count. That stitch will disappear. So, you’re going to push your stitches on
your right and left needle up close to the tip of both of your needles. Now we’re going to steal the last stitch
on our right needle and bring it onto our left needle. I’m going to go into the stitch and take
it off my right needle. So, I’ve got my hand – whoops! Everything’s falling around – I’ve got
my hand holding onto my longtail cast on right here because i don’t want it to unravel
and for my stitch to come undone. So, I’m just holding onto it right now with
my thumb. What’s going to happen now, is you’re
going to take this stitch here – this second stitch – on your left needle and bring it
over the stitch that you just stole. That sounds kind of complicated. I’m going to use a separate needle for this. I think it’s just a bit easier. I’m going to go into this stitch just like
that, and I’m going to bring it over this stitch. Alright, so watch me go. Let’s see if I can’t do this. Just going to bring it over. There we go. Alright, I’ve just brought that second stitch
over my first stitch, and now you can see that I’ve joined in the round. That’s not the end of it. I’m going to take my working yarn and give
it a tug. Then, I’m going to take back this first
stitch and bring it back to my right needle. I’m just going to grab it and bring it back
over to my right needle. Now I’m ready to work my first round. Now everything’s joined in the round. One of my stitches is down here because I
took that stitch and brought it over my first stitch. So I’ve actually decreased one stitch. That’s where our extra stitch has gone. It’s gone down here, right here. It’s actually what’s creating that nice
join on our round. Okay, so at this point I’m going to start
knitting in the round. This would be my round one, and I’m going
to start knitting as normal. As you knit, you’ll find that that join
looks really nice, neat and even. There you go. Five tips to make double pointed knitting
easier, neater and safer – protect your stitches! Thanks so much for watching! If you liked this video, then please give
it a thumbs up. And if you want to stay in touch, do subscribe. I’m Davina from sheepandstitch.com. Thanks for watching, and happy knitting.

54 thoughts on “5 Tips for Knitting with DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES”

  1. This is extremely helpful, especially for a beginner like me. You explained it so clearly & perfectly! Thanks so much! Also, as someone who was raised in Hawaii, I love your shaka sign! Hugs, Vina

  2. Love your video!
    glad to see you upload videos!
    It's been a long time
    Keep the good work coming!
    You're my favorite knitting tutorial channel!

  3. Thanks so much for another great video regarding double pointed needles. You are amazing in the concise way that you teach. Plus, your sense of humor is priceless. As I think I told you before, I have been a knitter for over 50 years but never mastered the art of the dpns. They just seemed too fussy and awkward, so I never stuck with it for long. You have helped me so much. Once again, thanks much.

  4. When you pulled that needle off, I cringed and went 'oh no!' Hahahhaha thank you for this, Davina. You're my faaavourite teacher.

  5. You really make knitting fun, thank you for these tips! I'm teaching myself to knit and at one point I was so frustrated that I almost gave it up (I'm a crocheter), but your videos really helped me so I decided to try your garter stitch scarf for beginners and I made it! I was so proud of myself that I thought I can learn to knit! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us πŸ™‚

  6. Another awesome video!!! You're the best teacher! I'm so glad I found you!❀️❀️

  7. Is there alternitive for another double pointed needle because I have absolutley no idea where my went!

  8. Love your video's πŸ˜€ I am a beginner and I was wondering if you could do a video on purl stitch and a ribbed scarf look.

  9. Could you do a tutorial on how to knit a pair of mittens? It's always been a goal of mine to knit my own mittens! Love your videos, learning more with each watch❀️

  10. I tried going on their website check out and maybe purchase one of their yarn but it kept saying the page was not found. Is the site on maintenance or something? Thanks for your help!

  11. Such a great video Davina! I love the colour of the yarn you're using too – do you mind me asking where it's from? πŸ™‚ So happy to see you're making videos again, I've missed your tutorials <3

  12. Could you do a video on how to make a blanket I would love to make one! Or is that only for crocheting? I’m still a beginner so I don’t know much.

  13. What kind of Β yarn did you use in this demo. It looks like a denim color. I love it! I have never seen a yarn that looks denim.

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  15. love your channel thankyou! I have yet to find a good tutorial on knitting socks – do you think you would do one some time?

  16. A quick stopper idea. Foam ear plugs work really well to stop stitch loss when traveling with Dpn. You can push more than one needle into a plug at a time.

  17. I’m sure this is great, but I’ve watched 5 different videos and the dpns are migraine worthy. I’m more confused than ever.

  18. I’m attempting sleeves on baby sweater. I cast on extra stitches and had to put a marker in middle of extra stitches. If this marks beginning of round, how do I join the round ? Any ideas

  19. stitch marker,,,, use a peace of yarn in a different colors and put it on the right needle when you come to it when you need to do your other stitches

  20. Your videos are amazing. I have to admit the 49 minute ads want me want to go somewhere else. Perhaps I don't understand YouTube.

  21. Very helpful tips! Thank you so much… Will use them the next time I start my next project knitting in the round.

  22. I've been knitting for 50 years and hated dpn's for many of those years till I discovered bamboo. Stitches easily fall off of the plastic or metal needles which was what my local yarn shop carried back in the 60's and 70's. I'll find a new use for the nasty ones. πŸ™‚

  23. Dear Sheep and Stitch, would you please make a tutorial on 3 DPN knitting a flat piece, coaster, Thanks, still love your gray nail polish..

  24. lovely tips OMG I thought my cat sitting behind me was having hiccups I had to go back and found it was in your video, several hiccups. Was it your kitty?

  25. I was always intimidated by dpn knitting. Confusing mess of 4orc5c needlesπŸ€”πŸ€”. I thought crazy people use this method when circulars have been invented. But then I watched ur videos.i had one thin dpn set I used only to pickup stitches. I gave it a try and viola!!!! I did it. I found it relaxing than doing magic loop. Am I crazy??? 😜Despite dpn all awkwardness I ve found the start of dpn is little simpler than starting magic loop. Now I m ordering bamboo dpn…. Knitting is an expensive hobby these days. Be aware all you beginners!!! Thanks Davina for teaching me this clever ancient skill.

  26. Help! When just knitting the knit stitch in the round using DPN, my bumps are on the outside, not the inside. It looks like you knitting on the outside in videos, but my knitting looks like it is on the inside. What is going on?

  27. You just blew my mind with the invisible join tip! I had seen this tip about casting on an extra stitch before but I was doing it all wrong. Thank you so much for showing me the right way to do it!!! Carpe Filum πŸ‘

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