McKnitty

01-13-2008, 06:25 PM

I'm starting a mittens class on Tuesday and the pattern uses 4 dpn's. For my 'homework' I'm supposed to have the cuff and part of the palm done before my class starts.

No problem on the cuff (CO 40 sts, divide onto 3 needles, join and work in ribbing for 3 inches).

Now for the problem. Next the pattern says to divide the sts for the palm: 20 stitches on needle #1, and 10 sts each on needles #2 and #3. However, the pattern does not specify which needle is #1, or #2, or #3.

I checked one of my sock knitting books and for the patterns in that book needle #1 is the left needle (with the first cast on stitch), needle #3 is the right needle (with the last co stitch and the working yarn) and needle #2 is the needle across the back.

Is this true for all patterns? I've read through the complete mitten pattern and it doesn't tell me how to number the needles. And of course my LYS is closed today and tomorrow!

No problem on the cuff (CO 40 sts, divide onto 3 needles, join and work in ribbing for 3 inches).

Now for the problem. Next the pattern says to divide the sts for the palm: 20 stitches on needle #1, and 10 sts each on needles #2 and #3. However, the pattern does not specify which needle is #1, or #2, or #3.

I checked one of my sock knitting books and for the patterns in that book needle #1 is the left needle (with the first cast on stitch), needle #3 is the right needle (with the last co stitch and the working yarn) and needle #2 is the needle across the back.

Is this true for all patterns? I've read through the complete mitten pattern and it doesn't tell me how to number the needles. And of course my LYS is closed today and tomorrow!