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rubywin 11-14-2012 05:24 AM

dpn pattern to straight needles
I have found a pattern for lacy mittens knitted on dpns - is it possible to change this pattern onto straight needles, and how do I go about it.

salmonmac 11-14-2012 07:27 AM

In general you would reverse the order of the stitches on the even rounds and switch knits for purls and vice versa. For a lace pattern in which the even rounds could all be knits in the round, you would convert to a purl round when knitting flat. You can also add an edge or selvedge stitch on each end for a seam and you'd probably want to place the seam opposite the thumb.
Can you give us a link to the particular pattern?

rubywin 11-14-2012 07:28 PM

Thanks so much for your reply. The pattern is for lacy mittens which I found in Simply Knitting October 2012. I can copy the stitch pattern out - it's in 6 rounds - will this be of help.

Thank you again

GrumpyGramma 11-14-2012 07:31 PM

Is there a particular reason you don't want to knit them in the round? If your don't like dpns, you could use a long circular needle with magic loop or two circular needles. Just a thought, in case it's of interest or help to you.

suzeeq 11-14-2012 07:33 PM

If every other row is a plain knit, you would purl that if you want to knit it flat.

rubywin 11-14-2012 07:36 PM

Thank you, I'm thinking that if I love this pattern so much, I may just have to knit in the round. I see there are videos that I can get tuition on this "art" so that should be a big help. Cheers

GrumpyGramma 11-14-2012 07:44 PM

Knitting in the round is not hard, just choose your "weapon" (dpns or circs) and go for it. I think you'll be glad to add knitting in the round to your skill set. Then you'll be doing the reverse, figuring out how to convert flat knitted patterns to knitting in the round! I for one am glad to be rid of even one seam.

rubywin 11-14-2012 07:50 PM

thanks for your you prefer dpns or circular......but guess for me if it says dpn that's what I'll use. Cheers

GrumpyGramma 11-14-2012 08:08 PM


Originally Posted by rubywin (Post 1360613)
thanks for your you prefer dpns or circular......but guess for me if it says dpn that's what I'll use. Cheers

I've practiced with dpns but haven't done much with them so I guess I'd have to say I prefer circs. While I think both are useful to be competent with I haven't worked much with dpns because it hasn't been necessary. I tend to not learn something new until I actually need it. Then it's crash course, do or die time. I started knitting in the round with circular needles because I had them. My interchangeable set lets me use whatever size I want in various cable lengths. For some small diameter knitting I can see that dpns would perhaps be preferable. Another thing about dpns is that you can drop and lose them (my chair loves to eat knitting needles, crochet hooks, stitch markers, scissors, remotes, etc.) but with circular needles both tips are connected. I think of them as easily retrievable needles on a leash.

suzeeq 11-14-2012 08:22 PM

Dpns can be a bugger to get started - sometimes it works to CO the stitches and knit the first row before joining so there's a little bit more than just loops on the needles. But circulars can also be tricky to start, especially if you're using magic loop to make something smaller than the needle is long. There again, it helps to do the first row flat, then pull out a loop of the needle halfway around the sts and then join.

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