15 comments on “Getting Started with DPNs

  1. What brand of needles are you demonstrating with? They look sharper than what I’ve seen in the stores so far.

  2. Hi,
    Staci I did it 😉 I am now knitting on DPN’s it’s a lot of fun I went out and bought six skeins of yarn some verigiated some not so verigiated yes I watched your tutorial very closely it’s a big help I figurated out what I was doing wrong and correcited it. I am working with some scrap yarm right now I’ll start with the new yarn after I feel more secure.

    Sally S.


  3. Hi Staci..I am a new knitter, and I have a question. What technique should I use when knitting two stitches together when the stitches happen to fall between needles. Currently, I am transferring a stitch from the right to the left needle, and then knitting both stitches. However, the stitch looks a little wonky. I’d appreciate your advice.

  4. Shirley – you are doing exactly what I would do in that situation. Just be careful not to pull the stitches at all while you’re transferring the one to the other needle before the decrease. It takes practice, and some of the wonkiness will go away after blocking.
    S t a c i

  5. Can I knit a hat without using circular needles & DPNs. Can I use straight needles Ihave enough trouble knitting straight without doing it in the round. Maybe latter on I will try knitting in the round. Thank you Shelva

  6. You are a genius with your knitting videos!!! Very clear verbal instructions and videos. I am a novice knitter and whenever I have a problem, I come to your site. Many, many thanks.

  7. Hi all
    I am trying for the first time to knit socks on circ’s and I am at the toe shaping and my kitchner b/o is coming out under the foot of the sock.Just the basic cuff down socks on circ’s.I think there was a correction but I could not find it. Can you all help.


  8. Hi Sally – without knowing what pattern you’re using, I can give you some basic sock guidelines. When you start the Kitchener stitch to close up the toe of a sock, you want to separate the stitches half and half – half on one needle, half on the other. The bottom of the sock (sole) stitches should be one half, and the top of the sock (instep) stitches should be on the other half. That will put the Kitchener stitch correctly across the ends of the toes.

    S t a c i

  9. Staci, I am dissatisfied with my stitches when moving between needles. Is there some way to tighten things so that it’s not so obvious?

  10. Phyllis – if you’ve already tried pulling the space between the DPNs tightly, it might be that you need to loosen up. Regardless, after you wash your finished item, the “ladders” will be much less noticeable, and after a few washings, they’ll disappear.

    S t a c i

  11. Hello Staci,

    Thank you so much for posting this video. I have been trying to figure out how to knit Christmas balls from the 55 Christmas ball knitting book, and I could not for the life of me figure out how to use DPNs. Your video’s are extremely helpful.

  12. Staci,
    I’m thinking of investing in a set of DPN’s to have on hand. What length would you suggest?
    I love your video’s, keep them coming!
    I have a suggestion for a video – I’ve been doing lots of dishcloths in the round. Can you demonstrate how to join the ends? Without using the provisional caston and kitchener stitch. Thanks!

  13. Hi
    Staci, Can you do a tutorial on adding a border to a shawl that has already been knitted?. A knitted shawl not one that has been crochet.

  14. Thanks Staci, I’ve watched several of your videos to help me along with my knitting, and just started 4 needle DPN for making some of Arne & Carlos’ Christmas baubles. This video has helped me a lot to understand the technique. Now for some knitting! 🙂

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