Aug 23, 2015

How to actually KNIT on DPN!

by Angela | 7 Comments

How to Knit on DPN

There are so many projects you can knit on DPN!  Such as socks, wrist warmers, mittens, & baby hats…just to name a few!

It can seem tricky, balancing all those needles while knitting, but it’s much easier than you think!  Plus, the finished projects are so worth it! 🙂

In my last tutorial (How To Join DPN In The Round), I showed you how to cast stitches onto a DPN, then join them in the round.  If you don’t know how to join DPN in the round, that tutorial is a great place to start!  Then, you can continue here!

Watch the Video below, follow the photo tutorial or both!

In the examples below, I will be showing you how to knit on 3 DPN, with a 4th DPN as your working needle.

How to Knit on DPNYou can also work on 4 DPN with a 5th DPN as your working needle.

How to Knit on DPNOnce you’ve joined in the round, carefully place your stitch marker after the 1st stitch of the round.

You want to place it here, because unlike circular knitting needles, the stitch marker will fall off if you place it before the 1st stitch!

So, just remember, when you get to the end of your round, the 1 stitch before your stitch marker is the beginning of your next round.

How to Knit on DPNStep 1)  With your 4th DPN, work your first stitch according to your project instructions.

How to Knit on DPNStep 2)  After working first stitch, transfer stitch marker onto 4th DPN.

How to Knit on DPNStep 3)  Continue working all the stitches on your first DPN.

How to Knit on DPNOnce you’ve worked all the stitches on your 1st DPN, prepare to work stitches on your 2nd DPN.

You will notice that you swapped out needles.   Your working needle has now become DPN #1, and what was DPN #1 has now become your working DPN.

How to Knit on DPNStep 4)  Slide the stitches on your 2nd DPN up towards the tip of the needle.

How to Knit on DPNStep 5)  Work the 1st stitch on your 2nd DPN.

How to Knit on DPNStep 6)  Continue working all the stitches on 2nd DPN.

How to Knit on DPNAll stitches worked on 2nd DPN!  Prepare to work stitches on 3rd DPN.

How to Knit on DPNStep 7)  Slide stitches on 3rd DPN towards the tip.

How to Knit on DPNStep 8)  With 4th DPN, work the 1st stitch on 3rd DPN.

How to Knit on DPNStep 9)  Continue working all the stitches on 3rd DPN.

How to Knit on DPNYou have now worked all of the stitches on your DPN’s and completed one round!

Simply repeat steps 1-9 for every round!

It may feel awkward knitting on DPN at first, but it will get easier…I promise!  Once you do a few rows and add more length, this will help stabilize the needles, making it so much easier for you!

So, if you’re feeling frustrated, just get past 4 rows and you’ll see what I mean! 😉

Let me know if you have any questions in comments below!

Happy DPN-ing!

Angela from

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  1. Marjorie says:

    Thank you for demystifying Double Point Needless. I am going to use them. Do you have a beginners beanie hat pattern.

    1. Angela says:

      Marjorie, Your so welcome! 🙂 This is a great beginner level beanie pattern, plus it makes adult size too!

  2. Denise says:

    Thank you so much! I had taken a class making a headband and I did fine with using 5 needles, but there was this flower that was part of the project on 4 needles with only 9 stitches and I was having a terrible time. But I followed your technic and had a flower done in 15 minutes. I lost count of the the number of times I tried to make this flower. I refused to quit. So I searched Pinterest and found your tutorial. Thank you!

    1. Angela says:

      So happy I was able to help you make your flower Denise! And in only 15 minutes…Wow that’s great!! 🙂 Glad you didn’t give up! Keep Knitting!

  3. Linda says:

    I am learning so much from you and I just started!!!!!!!! You are a blessing!!!!! Thank you so much!

  4. Diane says:

    Thank you! Tried working on double pointed needles and I would get, very frustrating! And I would just do the magic loop! But watching your tutorial I think I will try the double pointed needles again,, and just knit on three needles!

  5. Mary says:

    I never thought I could do this! Your
    Explanation is very clear and concise. Now I am on the way to making a sock. Thank you.

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