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How to Knit with Double-Pointed Needles

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Many knitting patterns call for double-pointed needles, especially when it comes to hats and mittens. When you’re first starting out, however, knitting with double-pointed needles (dpn) can be incredibly fiddly. Don’t give up. A few simple tricks of the trade will get you well on your way.
What you'll need: 
Double-pointed needles (usually 4 or 5)
Knitting wool
A stitch marker
To begin your project, cast on using just two needles as you normally would.
Once you have cast on the required number of stitches, distribute them evenly between your double-pointed needles by slipping each stitch from the working needle to another.
To join the stitches in the round, slip the first cast on stitch from the left needle to the right, making sure the cast-on edge is pointing inward on all needles. Then slip the last cast on stitch on the right needle over the stitch just worked and onto the left needle.
Place a stitch marker onto the left needle before starting the first row to mark the end of each round. As you knit in the round, simply slip the marker from the left needle to the right as you work.
Begin knitting in the round with an empty double-pointed needle in your right hand and the needle with the “swapped” stitches in your left. Let the other needles dangle as you work.
When the left-hand needle is empty, move it to your right hand and continue knitting from the next double-pointed needle on the left.
Once your project is complete, follow the pattern’s instructions for finishing off.
To avoid gaps or “laddering” in your knitting, be sure to knit the first stitch tightly when switching between needles. Alternatively, you can shift the first one or two stitches on each left-hand needle as you knit in the round.
If you don’t have a proper stitch marker, you can make your own using a piece of wool or string in a contrasting colour. Simply tie it in a slip knot and place it on your needle.


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