How to Knit on DPNs: Switch to Double Pointed
Knitting Needles in 5 Easy Steps Hi, Guys, I’m Kristen and Welcome to Hat
Month here at Studio Knit! There comes a point in every hat’s creation
while knitting in the round that we need to SWITCH TO DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES. I get lots of comments from subscribers who
dread using Double Pointed Needles. And yes, it can get a little wonky, so let’s break
it down in 5 easy steps to begin loving your DPNs! 1 – Switch to DPNs when YOU decide!
Start the decreases of your knitting pattern while still on your circular needle. Once
it feels too tight for you to stretch your stitches all the way around, that’s the
time to make the switch. 2 – Decide how many DPNs you will need.
Your pattern may or may not tell you how many double pointed needles to use. I will demonstrate
how to knit off 3 DPNs, using a fourth as my knitting needle. 3 – Divide Your Stitches Evenly.
Most patterns will tell you to “Divide your stitches evenly on DPNs.” I currently have
36 stitches will use 3 dpns to hold my stitches. Since, 36 stitches divided by 3 needles is
12. I will divide my needles by placing 12 stitches on each double pointed needle. 4 – Making the Switch
I will also be switching my yarn color back to this raspberry color to best show the switch.
Simply release the right hand needle of your circular needles, and begin by knitting on
the appropriate number of stitches per needle on your first DPN. Do the same for each needle
and continue knitting this round until there you have no more stitches left on your circular
needle. 5 – Decrease and Conquer!
Continue decreasing your rows as your pattern suggests, until your hat crown gets smaller
and smaller. I like to weave my yarn tail in at the very top, and you are done! Super cute! And I am donating this little
demonstration hat to Wool-Aid, a great charity that gives our knitted wool clothing to children
in cold climates that a Studio Knit subscriber recently told me about. I hope you are inspired to give SWITCHING
TO DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES a try when you see a pattern you would like to knit up. And thank
you so much for watching Studio Knit. Please subscribe and my playlist for everything HAT
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