Today I’m going to show you how to knit
with double pointed needles. Double pointed needles usually come in a set
of five or six, and they’re used to knit in the round. Now, you might be thinking, I thought circular
needles are for knitting in the round? What’s this double pointed needle business? You’re absolutely right. Circular needles are for knitting in the round,
but they can’t knit everything. The smallest circular needle is sixteen inches,
and that’s still too big to knit things like a sock or a mitten or the top of a hat
– basically things with a small circumference. I mean, how is this sock going to fit on a
sixteen inch circular needle? Well, it’s not. So, what are we going to do? Enter double pointed needles. Double pointed needles are specialised for
knitting small things in the round like socks, mittens, the tops of hats, and even the teeny
tiny finger portions of gloves. Yep, we can get real small with these bad
boys. So, how do double pointed needles work? Okay, let me do a quick analogy for you. You can think of knitting on circular needles
like taking a train. The stitches get on the train, or they’re
cast on, and then they’re knit around and around and around. They never get off the train until they reach
their final destination, at which point, they disembark, or we cast them off, and they journey
is complete. On double pointed needles, however, our stitches
are not on a train. They’re on a bus. And they’re not taking the bus from point
A to point B. They’re getting on the bus, going a little ways, transferring to another
bus, going a little ways, transferring again, and around and around they go. They’re transferring from one bus to another
bus until they reach their final destination, also known as casting off. So, double pointed needles are not as direct
as circular needles, but they’re also not that hard to master. So with that bus analogy in mind, let’s
get into the demo and go through this step-by-step. I’ve got four double pointed needles, and
I’m going to start casting on stitches onto one of my needles. The number of stitches you cast on will depend
on what you’re knitting or what your pattern calls for. If you’re just practicing, you can cast
on 45 stitches. That’s the number of stitches that I cast
on for this demonstration. So now I’ve cast on 45 stitches onto one
needle, and I need to start dividing these stitches onto two more needles. I want my stitches to be spread evenly on
a total of three needles. So 45 divided by three is 15, so that means
that each needle should have 15 stitches. You can do the same. You can divide your stitches by three, and
the number that you get will be the number of stitches that each needle should have. So don’t worry if your stitches don’t
divide perfectly. Just round up or down. That’s totally fine. So now I’m picking off stitches from my
needle with a bunch of stitches onto my bare needle. So 14 and 15. Alright, so I’ve got 15 stitches onto this
needle, and I’m going to push it so that the stitches are in the middle of the needle. I don’t want them to accidentally fall off. Now here’s my third needle, and I’m going
to start picking off some stitches. I’ll need 15. So here’s four … alright, so I’ve just
picked off 15 onto my third needle, and I’m going to push my stitches so that they’re
in the middle of my needle. I’ll do the same for this third needle here
– just push it so that my stitches are in the center of the needle. Now that our stitches are evenly divided,
let’s talk about how to hold our needles. Our needles before we join in the round are
like this weird jumbly thing. They feel awkward and kind of unstable. So, first what we’ll do is look for the
needle that has your longtail cast on and your ball of yarn attached to it. So you can see right away that would be this
needle. This needle has what’s left of our longtail
and it also has our working yarn, which has our ball of yarn attached to it. So this is our guy. We want to keep this needle on our right side. Now on the left side, we’re going to use
this needle, and just push the stitches up close to the tip of our needle. I’m keeping that little triangle shape. I’m going to use my naked needle, our working
needle, this is the needle that has no stitches on it whatsoever. I’m going to use my naked needle, and push
into the first stitch on my left needle. So here we go. I’ve isolated that stitch, and I’m going
to push my naked needle into it. You can see my naked needle has speared into
this first stitch. Now I’m going to take my working yarn on
my right needle, and I’m going to wrap it around my naked needle. 3:08 I’m going to go underneath my right
needle and then over onto my naked needle. So I’ll show you again. Here’s my working yarn, and I’m going
to go underneath my right needle, underneath that naked needle, and then wrap it around
like this. Wrap it around my naked needle and then just
knit into this first stitch using my working yarn. I’ve knit into it and now I’m going to
push it off my left needle and make it nice and tight, give it a little tug. And now if you look closely, you can see that
I’ve joined in the round. Now I’ve got four needles into the mix. Pretty cool, right? So let’s continue knitting across our left
needle. I’ve knit into that first stitch. I’m going to move into the second stitch. Let’s push into it and continue knitting. So we’re moving across our first needle,
and we’re nearing the end of it. Here we go, and there it is. Alright, so here’s our last stitch. Cool! So now we’ve knit across our first needle,
right? Here it is. Awesome. So now we’re back to three needles in our
work. Little triangle shape, and we have our naked
needle once again. So what I usually do when I finish knitting
the stitches from one needle is I push my stitches to the middle of my needle. Right into the middle. That keeps my stitches nice and secure. They have less risk of falling off my needle. Okay cool! So now I’m going to bring my naked needle
back in, and I’m going to turn my work like this. So here’s my working yarn. My working yarn needle is always on my right
side. And now I’m going to push my needle down
so that my stitches are nice and close to the tip of my needle. Then I’m going to continue all over again. Here’s my naked needle, my working needle. Push it into the first stitch, and then I’m
going to take my working yarn and go around my naked needle. Can you see? It’s a little hard to see, so I’m going
to twist this here. I’m going to give it a little tug. Wrap it around my naked needle and then just
knit into it. So it’s a little bit complicated at first
because you’ve got three needles going on and doing their own thing, but you’ll get
used to it. And here’s my last stitch on my left needle. Let’s just knit into that. Okay. Cool. So now I’ve finished knitting off my needle,
and we have our naked needle again. Again, I’m going to push my stitches onto
the middle of my needle. Okay, so we’ve just knit stitches from two
needles. This one and this one. Now we’re on our last needle, so I’m going
to turn my needle configuration again. Here’s my working yarn. This is on my right side, and here’s my
needle. I’m going to push it so that my stitches
are up close to the tip. This is going to be the last needle before
we get to the beginning of the round. So here’s my naked needle. We’re going to push it into the first stitch
of my left needle. Here’s my working yarn. We’re going to go around my working needle,
and then pull it through and pop it off the needle. I’m going to go into the next stitch and
do the same thing. Here we go. Here’s my last stitch, and bada-bing, bada-boom,
we are finished our first round. So let’s take a look, take stock. We have just completed our first round, and
I know that because here is my longtail cast on. The longtail from our longtail cast on marks
the beginning and end of our round. It’s almost like our own little stitch marker. So we can just keep on going. Your working yarn is always going to be on
the right side. Your stitches to be knit will be on your left
needle. Push the stitches up close to the tip of the
needle. Naked needle is going to go into the first
stitch on your left needle. Use your working yarn and go around that needle,
and then knit into that stitch. Pop it off the needle. So this is where our bus analogy comes in. We are taking one bus. In this analogy our needle is a bus. So here’s our first bus, and once we get
to the end of our journey on our first bus, we’re going to move on to our second bus. This would be our second bus. We’re transferring over to our second bus. Once we’ve completed that, we’re going
to move over to our third bus. Transfer over to another bus, and around and
around we go. Our whole journey is made up of transferring
from one needle to the next needle, and that’s all there is to it. Thanks so much for watching. If you liked this video, then please give
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struggling with or one that you’d like to learn, then let me know about it down in the
comments. I’m Davina from Thanks for watching, and happy knitting.

100 thoughts on “Double Pointed Needles for Beginners”

  1. Ahhh this was awesome! I was so intimidated (I don't know why, I just was lol) to pick up double pointed needles but you made it SO easy to learn! Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorials Sheep & Stitch! They're the best!!

  2. I'm so glad I found your tutorial video on using dbl pointed needles. This is my first project using them and I was just not sure how I was going to accomplish this. Thank you for such a clear and easy to follow video!

  3. Magnifiques! Awesome! I will be making my first without the seam in back. Do you have any patterns for knitted cardigans? Simple but pretty.

  4. Take a shot every time she says needle. Lol, but on a serious note, this video was very informative and helpful! I've had double sided needles for a long time and had no clue how to use them, so thank you!!

  5. Just hearing "My Naked Needle" gave me a good laugh. I've been crocheting for many years now about 27 years Nd have only done simple knit stitch scarfs. I wanna do so much more. This help understand how these double pointed needles work. Thank u

  6. You wouldn't try to make a sock on a 16" circ, you would get a longer one and do magic loop. You can do any size tube with that method. Double points are too fiddly when you could just use a circ. Everyone has their own methods :p

  7. Hi, I loved the visuals! And the fact that you nail polish matched the colour of the yarn. Well explained, you did repetitions for the more difficult moves, not that I needed to look at them, of course. I am, after all, an experienced knitter just checking in to see if I've got it right. LOL

  8. THANK YOU!!!! so heres me trying to figure dpns on my own and NEVER KNEW I NEEDED A FOURTH NAKED NEEDLE!!! lol…. ohemgee….

  9. This clip was fantastic! Very clear. I think I can do this after all! I have a question though… can I purl on my second "going around"? I am trying to make sleeves in st stitch, so the second line has to be a purl, right? I am also a crochet person, and this is my second attempt to knitting, so I am sorry if my question is silly. Thanks in advance!

  10. I would just like to say Thank You so much for this video on how to use the DPNs! You explain it SO very clear and it's very easy to understand. I really love how clearly you speak and how you give the bus analogy! That works great! Can't wait to see more of your video "how to" s. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Fantastic video! I went through once, with a few rewinds and pauses, and I am knitting in circles! Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. What a great video! After knitting flat projects for 11 years, your easy-to-understand explanations gave me the courage to start my first hat. Thanks for posting!

  13. Thanks for this video. Clear explanation, good view of the work, nice and slow at the beginning so we can see what's happening, and the repetition is really helpful.

  14. Well explained. I loved the way you explained. Could you please let me have a pair of socks to knit with four needles with a pattern. What puzzles me is the calculation for adjusting to various sizes. I can read patterns but find it difficult to adjust to various sizes. Please help if you can.

  15. Excellent video on double point knitting. Finally, I can muster enough courage to finish the hats I make the right way! Thanks so much for your clear instructions. Would you have a video on how to knit a beret with dpn?

  16. So with circular knitting you often add an extra stitch than called for and hook them together to knit in the round. Do you do the same for DPN?

  17. I don't get why this process is necessary. I've knitted many a small round thing on circular needles. Why would it matter how long the chord is? You just slip your project to the other end and move on. You could also use the magic loop method though that's a bit extreme for something like mitten fingers, but totally doable.

  18. I'm starting my first DPN project and just threw the yarn and needles across the room in frustration! I just watched your video and believe I will give it another try. Your video makes it sound sensible. Thank You.

  19. Thanks for sharing. Really informative video. Iโ€™m currently taking you Knit Raglan jumper on Skillshare and Iโ€™ve learned so much. Great tutor๐Ÿ˜ป

  20. Great explanation on how to use double pointed needles. I am working on a top down sweater and making the sleeves, I need to change from the circular needles to the double pointed needles to complete the sleeve….I was struggling.After viewing this video I believe the second sleeve will be easier….Thank you…

  21. Kks when the first slip is on one dpn and the second slip on next dpn. Which needle should this land on

  22. You have explained how to use double pointed needles very well so now I have the confidence to begin using them. Thanks.

  23. What a great tutorial! I had seen those needles and wondered what they where for… now I know! I understood your video so much that I actually think I can do it! I am a beginner so itโ€™s nice to see a tutorial that I can actually understand. Thank you!

  24. Great video! I'm an experienced knitter who typically uses the magic loop technique for knitting small, circular items in the round; but many patterns call for DPNs, and it can be annoying to translate. Your tutorial was easy to follow and understand. I've finally been inspired to try DPN's!

  25. I'm literally only knitting my first ever item (a scarf) and just clicked on this out of curiosity. Damn it, I thought I just knit stuff and then stitch it together to make socks and beanies. Everyone else here is like "yay you gave me confidence" and I'm like "what?!?! This knitting stuffs already hard enough withouht throwing two more needles in there!" lol
    I'll definitely be coming back to this video when it comes time to complicate my knitting a little more haha thank you!

  26. This video is excellent! The instructions and tips are straightforward. I'm sure, with a few colorful metaphors, I'll learn how to do this. Thanks!

  27. This is my first lesson in double pointed needles and I thought it was so well explained that I can go ahead and do it now. Great examples and easy to understand. Thank you so much for your conscience explanation. I hope other watch your video too.

  28. Thank you so much. I had trouble trying to join with the first stitch. When I saw your video, it all came together. You do a great job.

  29. Ok, I love dpn, but magic loop makes it totally possible to knit very small things like socks on circular needles.

  30. I, like Sharon Higgins, have been knitting for many years. I decided to knit birds nests for a charity and watched your video and, voila, I got it. Your directions are excellent and very easy to follow. Thank you for the great video.

  31. I have been knitting for 7 years and all of my pieces have been worked flat because I couldn't figure out how to use DPNs. Thank you so much for giving me the confidence to attempt these again!

  32. might you have a tutorial on how to make a coaster on DPN's? Thanks, great looking silver nail polish.

  33. Lol I thoroughly enjoy your analogies. I'm a visual learner so the illustrations were not only great but also entertaining. Thank u for making my day and for sharing.

  34. DPNs also existed for larger projects BEFORE circular needles were possible. We didn't always have the ability to make really smooth flexible cables like we have now, and before plastic or even steel cables, ALL circular knitting was done on DPNs.
    I'm actually working on a sweater right now on 12"4mm DPN that I inherited from my grandmother. It makes me sad that it's just about impossible to find these long, sweater sized needles nowadays.

  35. when i searched for how to knit a hat, all that came up were circular needles and knitting a rectangle that you sew together after. slightly mad that i had to search for the right thing so much, but glad to have finally found it!

  36. I understand your words and the demo is just great, I just can't get the 3 dpn's to work? I'll keep trying

  37. OMG!!!! thank you!!!! i just learned to knit about a couple of years back (i'm a diehard crocheter who swore KNITTING….NEVER!!!) and i'm totally in love with knitting….
    anyway, my sister found some double pointed needles that belonged to our mom, buried in the bottom of a box of old yarn she left when she passed….with a started cuff….and guess what??? i have now learned (many thanks to you) how to knit with double pointed needles…..and now i know why there were four of them!!!!

  38. I wish that I had found you, long ago, when I learning how to do this from a book. Still knitting, but with circulars. Can knit with just one stitch on a circular needle, & don't worry about losing any. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. You've made it so easy to understand. Thanks. I would love to see you do something on changing yarn colors.

  40. thank you for a easy to understand video..socks have been on my list to make for awhile but knowing how to use the dp's was so awkward for me to use that now thanks to ur video i feel less awkward to use the dp's.

  41. I donโ€™t mind knitting on the round or the four needles but would like to learn how to knit one sock on one round needle if possible new to you from Newfoundland Canada Wed Aug 28 2019 might be an old video

  42. YOU are the reason I can call myself a knitter! Everything I know about knitting (which has become a hobby I'm very passionate about), I've learned from YOU!! THANK YOU!!!

  43. Iโ€™ll stick with circs . Iโ€™m way too likely to misplace a dpn and have to buy a whole new pack. I just buy way longer circs than I need and magic loop all the things.

  44. I am an intermediate beginner knitter who avoids patterns with DPNs. They intimidate the heck out of me. Your video is super awesome! Loved the analogies, the explanations/instructions, the visuals. I just need to bite the bullet and practice, practice, practice. I will definitely be using your video as my guide! Thank you for taking the time to make it and sharing it with us!!!! โค๏ธ

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