View Full Version : Ending my DPN phobia...advice please

05-05-2007, 10:18 PM
I've decided that there would be a whole world of knitting opened to me if I can just conquer my abject fear of DPNs.

As such, I charge you lovely peeps with finding me an easy pattern that would start me out GENTLY on my quest to become "fluent" with DPNs.

Many thanks in advance!!

SBP :muah:

Jill A.
05-05-2007, 11:24 PM
My first use of DPNs was making an i-cord for a bag handle. I use size 10.5, which makes the needles large enough that they don't seem scary.

I am gradually working my way down to using smaller DPNs, because I really really really want to knit socks!!

I just knitted back and forth at first (like on single point needles) to get the feel of them (they were the first bamboo needles I purchased). Maybe that would help?

05-05-2007, 11:27 PM
I'd suggest a hat that starts on a 16" circ and then decreases to the point where you need the dpns. It's so much easier to learn them when the knitting has already been established.

05-06-2007, 04:02 AM
you could just avoid DPN's completely and do things Magic Loop. I used to use dpns but once I learnt magic looping, I never looked back - so i guess, maybe you don't need to conquer this fear at all, just keep it in the closet :teehee:

Miss Moosey
05-06-2007, 10:38 AM
I suggest tube socks. You don't need to turn the heel or anything; just knit in circles!

05-06-2007, 10:58 AM
I agree with Ingrid, start with a hat... I learned to use DPNs when I decreased down on a baby hat and I did it while in the theatre watching a movie. It really was super easy.

That being said, I still prefer not to use them because I am forever tossing my needles in my purse and going on the run. I would prefer to be able to just push all my work down on the needles so I can't lose stitches, so i do almost all my small diameter circular knitting on 2 circs. I even tend to do my "i-cord" as a skinny stockinette strip sewn together if I can.

I CAN use DPNs... I just never do which makes my DPN collection just about ridiculous.... :rofl:

05-06-2007, 01:52 PM
I too am new to DPN's. I recently started making an iPod cover using DPN's. Guess what, it's not as hard as I thought. I fumbled for the first 2-3 rows but after that it was just like knitting on a flat.

I will go with Ingrid. Start with a circular needle and then switch over to DPN's so that you don't have to fumble initially like I did. All the best.

05-06-2007, 02:29 PM
Heh. We all fumble on the first 2-3 rows.... or inches.


05-06-2007, 06:12 PM
Thank you for all the advice!! I think I'll start out doing a hat. I've done i-cord on them, but it didn't require dividing up stitches and such which is where I think I'd get messed up.

I will start on that next week! :cheering:

05-06-2007, 06:23 PM
Follow the pattern instructions, it should tell you how many stitches to put on each needle. If not, just divide them more or less evenly. When you get stuck, come back here and ask what to do.


05-06-2007, 08:53 PM
My first attempt with DPN's was knitting the Kitty Pi. I have been knitting for several years but was sure DPN's were just too hard. The first few rows were really hard but once it gets going, its much easier than it appears.

Here is the link to the pattern: http://wendyknits.net/knit/kittybed.htm

If you don't have kitties...just ignore me!

05-07-2007, 07:18 AM

I was intimidated by double pointed needles... but not anymore!

I posted my double pointed needles journey on my blog and gave some tips.
Here's the link:

Intimidated by socks and doupble pointed needles part II (http://gettingpurlywithit.wordpress.com/2007/04/26/intimidated-by-socks-and-dpns-part-ii/)

The pattern that I used was from Knitted Pure & Simple: Beginner's midweight sock.

Also see:
Intimidated by socks and dpns part I (http://gettingpurlywithit.wordpress.com/2007/04/17/intimidated-by-socks-and-double-pointed-needles/)
Intimidated by socks and dpns part III (http://gettingpurlywithit.wordpress.com/2007/05/06/intimidated-by-socks-and-dpns-part-iii/)

Take care,

Visit my knitting blog:
Getting Purly With It (http://gettingpurlywithit.wordpress.com/)
Adventures and Yarn Lustings of a Novice Knitter

05-09-2007, 11:08 AM
I ADORE my dpns! I have a big collection, wood & metal and when I haven't been using them for a while I really miss them. It's a feely thing, I think they're fun. Hope you get the hang of them!