Tips For Knitting With Double Pointed Needles
However, when you look at someone knitting with 3 or 4 double-pointed needles at one time, I realize that it can look scary as well as confusing. The reality of it is simple – this type of knitting needles are used in place of circular needles – how convenient would it be to use circular needles in the thumb of a mitten? That is the real reason for the double-pointed knitting needles.
This type of home knitting needle usually comes in sets of 4 or 5 (all the same size). I prefer to pick up the set that contains the 5 needles – just my own preference. To me, these knitting needles are just too easy to lose, so if I can get a set of 5 when I only need 4 needles, I have one for “just in case”!
Please note that you are able to substitute one size of the double-pointed knitting needles for another size, but only substitute one of the needles you intend to use – no more than one in order to keep your gauge right throughout your project.
This may aid you in your knitting endeavors when attempting to knit with these needles, as well as keeping in mind that you really have to get used to the feeling of using more than one pointed needle. Remember that the purpose of the double-pointed knitting needles is to replace a circular knitting needle – you may not have room for a circular needle, or you may need more needles than two in your work – it does justify itself when you think about the purposes of this strange-looking needle when you stop to think about it.
When you work with these knitting needles, the first stitch you create in any row must be a knit stitch and please note that you must make the first stitch tighter than any of the rest of the stitches in that same row. If the first stitch in any row is not tighter, you will have your beginning stitches too loose. (These stitches tend to loosen easier on these types of knitting needles than any other type of needles for some reason.)
Also, if you are like me, sometimes you put down your work and can’t remember which needle you must use when you return to work on the project. Keep in mind that you should always be working the stitches on the needle that is to the left of the needle with the working yarn. This little bit of information has served me well over the years and I hope it comes in handy for you as well.
Also, last but not least, never twist your stitches if you want to avoid problems in your completed project.
Double-pointed knitting needles are not that hard to work with – they do look scary to an inexperienced knitter, but if you have patience and determination, these needles will seem more of a challenge to be overcome than anything else.
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