80 thoughts on “Knitting Help – Getting Started with DPNs

  • Thank you! You made it clear to me for the first time as to which needle to go to for the next round of stitching! I appreciate your clarity and visuals. I think I can do this now!

  • Question I am going to start for the first time it calls for a CO of 40 sts can I use 3 needles or do I have to use 4 to even it out?

  • i dont get how you do the beggining. When i started watching, the shape was already like that! Do you have a video showing how to do that?

  • @BubblePopMystery This video demonstrates everything you need to get started with DPNs – make sure you didn't skip ahead somehow. I show you everything here from the start, I promise! 🙂

  • I've used DPNs for the first time and I had to cast on 41 stitches on one sleeve of a sweater I'm working on. I used three needles. However, the second sleeve that I am now working on, I have used 4 — It seems better with four.

  • Thank you! DPNs have been a terrifying mystery to me, but your tutorial was the 'Eureka!' moment I've been hoping for. I've taught myself to knit using your videos and have recommended them to friends. You are so clear and concise, never patronising and always so pleasant that it's like being taught by a friend. Thank you, once again 🙂

  • Cast on all the stitches on one needle, then separate them as needed on the other needles, at least thats how I do 🙂

  • the best video so far, this finally made DPN a reality for me after several video hunts and a couple of books, but thank you, simple close up and slow.

  • Yes – they're the same in that both allow you to knit in-the-round, but DPNs allow you to knit a smaller circumference tube, with fewer stitches than you can on circulars.

  • This is far and away the best instructional video on knitting with DPNs I've ever seen. I've been wanting to learn for almost 2 years but I was two chicken, but with this video, I think I've got it! Thank you so much, I love this channel!

  • THANKYOU! Your video was BRILLIANT! I actually understand now, because of the work you did with the needles on the table. I want to thankyou very much, and I will be subscribing. Thankthankthankthankthank! –Rose

  • Hello,

    I am attempting the BeeKeepers Quilt and three DPNs are used (one bare) to make the Hexipuffs. I'm really getting turned around with the DPNs and where to go next with the working yarn 🙁 Can you offer a couple of tips?

  • I'm familiar with the BeeKeeper's Quilt pattern, as I helped someone out with this in a private lesson recently. It really needs it's own tutorial – I'm not sure i can do it much justice here in the comments. 🙂 Your best bet is to watch my toe-up socks tutorial. Surprisingly, the hexipuffs are worked just like the toe! I can't give you a link here, but you can search for that tutorial on my channel page. Good luck!

  • I want to add to my last comment regarding the BeeKeeper's Quilt …only the techniques for the wraps and turns are the same as my toe-up sock pattern. The stitch count, the yarn and needle sizes, the decreasing, stuffing and attaching the hexipuffs – that is all unique to her pattern. If you are interested in knitting the BeeKeeper's quilt pattern – be sure to look it up on Ravelry, and purchase your own copy. 🙂

  • A friend wanted to learn to use 4 needles. I had started to write out the directions, when I realized that she is probably as visually-oriented as I am. I went looking through videos on YouTube, and when I found yours, I realized I had what she needs! Thank you so very much!

  • Thank you so much for this awesome video. I went to my LYS today and bought a set of dpns. I was bound and determined to learn how to use them, no matter how long it took. i watched your video twice and now have a nice tube on 3 needles. Thanks so much for making knitting fun.

  • Thank you so much for your clear videos! My fear of DPNs has been somewhat lifted now (just need to put it into practice)!

  • I know that you can get stitches twisted during the 1st round but you can get whole needles twisted in subsequent rounds so I always check before knitting stitches on the next needle whether 1 or both of the needles are twisted because that will mean a twist in the work which most often you don't want.

  • How do you determine how many DPNs you'll be using? I have a set of DPNs and my pattern says to cast on 72 stitches. Should I use 3 DPNs and the working needle, or 4 DPNs and the working needle? Using three seems like it would be less hassle by removing the extra needle from the scenario. Thanks for your time, and I love your videos!

  • Does it matter how long your couple pointed needles are? I noticed in the videos I watched my needles looked longer. Mine are 7" long.

  • @Emily Kim – it's really a personal preference.  I like to use DPNs that are 7 to 8 inches long.  I like to be able to stash my knitting into my handbag without worrying about stitches falling off the ends of my needles!

  • i am able to knit in the round with out ladders or twisting the needles or stiches , but when i knit the 2×2 rib, i start with k2 and when i get to the end of the round i end up with k2, witch i should be ending up with p2, i have undone and redone it but the same thing keeps on happening, even if i start with p2 at the end of the round i end up with p2 instead of k2,  tried several times don't understand what is the problem?

  • This was very helpful!  Easy to follow step by step instructions!  Thank you very much for sharing this information! 

  • Please tell me if the thickness of the needle does matter to the work? what is the thickness of the needles you used in this video?

  • I have a dumb question. I've been practising using DPNs but I see that your working yarn and your tail yarn(from the cast on) are on the same side? Mine's not like that…Is it normal?

  • Thanks to you, my initial days of struggling to just join with DPNs and start the first row is now a breeze. You're a great teacher!

  • Several years ago, someone gave me a book of "simple" sock patterns for Christmas. I was so excited to start knitting something other than long flat rectangles, but I could not for the life of me figure out how to use my new DPNs. The resulting frustration that evening had successfully kept me from ever trying socks again–until it finally occurred to me that, hello, I have the internet at my fingertips! This video has made things so much clearer in my head! I have way too many other projects to tackle right now so I don't know if socks are on the horizon, but they're at least an option again thanks to you! Thank you so much!

  • I have turned away so many projects just because they used these needles… Thanks so much for your excellent tutorial! I think I am ready for the challenge!

  • Oh thank you so much for this video!!!!! I have been having a such an issue with how to start that i was about to give up on this project. I can now finsih my kitty!!! only the head uses the double pointed needles.

  • i love your video's and they help me tremendously. i do have a question about the working needle being under the needle just used or should it be on top ? i hope you understand my question . i am having trouble with which is the best place of the previous needle.

  • +Rebecca McGuire – I'm unable to reply to your comment directly, I'm guessing it's the way you have your YouTube comment/reply settings. To answer your question, it's entirely a personal choice. I like the active double-pointed needle in my left hand to be under the needle next to it.

  • when you cast on the stitches for DPN, do you cast on like you would a regular needle and slip the stitches onto the other needles and then start working on knitting project. Or do you cast a certain number of stitches on each needle? First time trying my hand at DPNs.

  • Help! I am knitting on tiny double pointed needles 2.25 mm. 5 Altogether with 8 stitches. I start off fine with the first round however the centre is so tiny I have trouble on the second round and everything gets twisted because the centre if so tiny I have trouble seeing it. Do you have any suggestions. Should I reduce the number of needles down to start with, to make it easier? Thanks Kim

  • Ok, if a pattern calls for 64 cast on stitches on three needles, does that mean that each needle is 21, 21, and 23?

  • question? I am a new knitter. 22 years crocheting. I am working these little "hexipuff's" and I use 3 dpn's. (one to knit with ) on my ends, even if I tug the yarn it seems there is quite a jog. or the stitches are wider (not sure how to word that) any ideas to help with that?

  • how many stitches do i need to cast on to make a 22"size hat with dpn size 3? thank you your video helped me out bunches. now i need to learn to decrease! :0)

  • I have a question, so I'm just learning how to knit on double pointed needles and I've followed all the steps on all the videos that I could find, but for some reason, my work is pointing towards me, (if that makes sense) So when I hold my needles to knit, the tube of fabric is pointing to me and getting in the way. How do I knit so that the work falls away from me? Is there something that I'm doing wrong that I don't realize? Thanks!!

  • I am supposed to cast on 38 sts and then divide them to 3 dpns. It doesn't come out even. Do I put 12 on needles 1&2 and the last 14 on the 3rd? Please help anyone. A very beginner beginner. Thanks so much

  • I tried to learn using DPNs 20 years ago from a book. I knew no knitters and the results were disastrous. Two minutes and nine seconds into your video I had it down cold. Your instructions are clear and your videos have been most helpful.

  • Thank you for making this video tutorial! I've never knitted with DPNs before, but have a Fair Isle Tam project that calls for them… Are using DPNs like using circular knitting needles?? Meaning that if I knit every row the project/garment will be in stockinette stitch?

  • This made DPNs so much less scary. I got the join down but the actual knitting seemed so insurmountable, and just seeing that I could simply start with a stitch helped a lot. Nice video.

  • You make it look so easy.. I knit Russian style I believe. Since it's slightly different from conteniental. Either way my working yarn is in my left had.. The way you do it it's in your right would I need to change anything?

  • Thanks! I was trying the magic loop thing and it really was not working for me! This seems easier to me, even if it looks crazy with all the needles!

  • I think your explanation is very good! I like how you have it laid out on the table. I’m new to dpns. I’m trying to put sleeves on a baby sweater. I added 6 stitches and put a marker after 3, as stated on pattern. But then it says, this marks beginning of round. Join to work in the round. Im not sure where to start row, cause of these 3 stitches after the marker on the end of the dpn. Could you possibly advise? Thank you!

  • Is there a way to keep the DPNs from sliding out of the stitches while you work on a different DPN? I was working in the round on DPNs and had the blank needle in my right hand, the needle I was working the stitches from in my left hand, and the two remaining DPNs in my triangle slipped out of my stitches

  • Hi, thank you for such great video's. My questions is: I want to purchase a full set of DPN's, which length would you say would accommodate most of your sock, finger gloves and fingerless glove patterns? I see that they are offered in a 4",5",6" and 8 inch length. I don't know which to choose. Thank you in advance.

  • this helped me, have little arthritist so I squeezed clay ball and stretched hands and use all technique throw, pick and mostly how you knit  with pointer finger. I started real slow and watchd  you 10 times to see every movement. Now watch me go! deb p

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