How to Knit with Double Pointed Needles

Projects that are too small for circular needles and projects with decreases need to be worked on double pointed needles.

In this quick tutorial we’ll show you how to knit a simple stitch pattern on double pointed needles, an essential skill for knitting hats and mittens.

How to Knit with Double Pointed Needles
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Why You Need to Knit with Double Pointed Needles

This technique is essential for you to learn because you simply can’t knit small projects or work a full crown decrease on circular needles. If you try, you’ll soon realize that as your stitch count goes down and the stitches no longer stretch from tip to tip, knitting becomes virtually impossible.

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When to Use Double Pointed Needles

When knitting in the round, your project must be at least the same circumference or larger than your circular needles at all times. This presents a problem for projects like mittens or socks because the smallest circular needle is 9″ in circumference. It also presents a problem for hats with crown decreases.

That’s where double pointed needles come in (DPN’s for short). They allow you to knit projects with a smaller circumference than your circular needles.

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How to Knit with Double Pointed Needles


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