There comes a point in every knitted hat’s creation while knitting in the round that we need to SWITCH TO DOUBLE POINTED KNITTING NEEDLES.
I get lots of comments from subscribers who dread using Double Pointed Needles. And yes, it can get a little wonky, so let’s break it down in 5 easy steps to begin loving your DPNs!
1 – Switch to DPNs when YOU decide!
Start the decreases of your knitting pattern while still on your circular needle. Once it feels too tight for you to stretch your stitches all the way around, that’s the time to make the switch.
2 – Decide how many DPNs you will need.
Your pattern may or may not tell you how many double pointed needles to use. I will demonstrate how to knit off 3 DPNs, using a fourth as my knitting needle.
3 – Divide Your Stitches Evenly.
Most patterns will tell you to “Divide your stitches evenly on DPNs.” I currently have 36 stitches will use 3 DPNs to hold my stitches. Since, 36 stitches divided by 3 needles is 12. I will divide my needles by placing 12 stitches on each double pointed needle.
4 – Making the Switch
Simply release the right-hand needle of your circular needles, and begin by knitting on the appropriate number of stitches per needle on your first DPN. Do the same for each needle and continue knitting this round until there you have no more stitches left on your circular needle.
5 – Decrease and Conquer!
Continue decreasing your rows as your pattern suggests, until your hat crown gets smaller and smaller. I like to weave my yarn tail in at the very top, and you are done!
I hope you are inspired to give SWITCHING TO DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES a try when you see it listed on a knitting pattern you’d like to try.