How to Use Double Pointed Needles

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Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Our very own Jeanne stars in this knitting instructional article about how to use double pointed needles. We hope you enjoy it!

1. Cast stitches onto one double pointed needle.

2. Slip six stitches onto each needle. Make sure all stitches are facing the same direction. The purl bumps should be on the inside of your work.

3. Cross your needles with the working yarn, making sure that the work is facing you. Use the tail to mark the beginning of the round.

4. Join the round and start knitting to ensure that there will not be a gap. Using your right hand needle slip the first cast on stitch to this needle. Use the left hand needle to slip the last cast on stitch up and over the top of that first slipped stitch. Don't drop it off. Knit normally and adjust needles as you go.

5. To avoid "ladders" when working from one needle to the next needle give your first stitch an extra tug to make sure there aren't any gaps in your work.

6. Work around to your next needle. Alternate your needles as each needle becomes your next needle to work with. Work to end.

Posted by Laura of Jimmy Beans Wool

 
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