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How to Knit with Double-Pointed Needles

Updated on March 8, 2015

Knitting has been a favored pastime of many for a number of years, including myself. It is an enjoyable activity that tends to relieve stress, anxiety and tension. Many beautiful things can be made by knitting; they include blankets, scarves, hats, mittens, dishcloths, and various other things.

When knitting, there are a few different types of knitting needles that can be utilized. One of those types is called the double-pointed needle.

Purposes for double-pointed needles

The double-pointed needles are used when knitting small circumference circular projects such as:

  • small necklines
  • socks
  • the crown of a hat

When learning to use double-pointed needles it can be confusing, not to mention awkward at first, but with practice and determination, it will, most definitely, become easier. The key is to practice, practice, practice.

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Casting On

Once you are ready to begin, proceed by following these next few steps.

  1. Cast on to the first needle and begin making your stitches.
  2. Move the stitches to the second needle as soon as they get close to the end of the first one.
  3. If a pattern is being used, it may tell you how many stitches you should have on each needle, but if not, just make an attempt to have about the same amount on each one.
  4. Once you have knitted the desired amount and you are ready to join the round, make sure the cast on yarn tail is on the inside of your work (this is very important because you don't want the cast on tail on the outside of your garment or other project). There are other ways to join the round, but I find simply swapping the first stitch with the last stitch to be the easiest. However, you could do whatever your pattern suggests or whichever method you prefer.


To begin knitting with double-pointed needles can be a bit on the awkward side, but its not too much different than knitting with single point needles. Just follow these steps:

  1. Simply hold the first needle that has the cast on stitches in your left hand and an empty needle in your right hand, then proceed by knitting as you normally would with single point knitting needles.
  2. Once the needle in your left hand is empty, move it over to your right hand (clockwise) and begin knitting from the needle that is now to your left. The other knitting needles should just be let hang as you continue to work.

Common Problem

As with any hobby, sometimes there are a few problems or mishaps that occur. Most of them can be corrected with out much trouble if you notice them before you finish your project. The most common problem while you are knitting is called laddering. Laddering occurs when the stitches are too loose, creating gaps in the finished project. It is for this reason that it is very important to make sure the stitches are fairly snug.

Finishing the Project

Once you have come to the end of your project, you will need to finish it. There are a few different ways to do this. The traditional method for finishing a project is called binding off. This is where you slip one stitch over the next. Typically, this method is not used for circular knitting.

If you have used a pattern, it should offer instructions for finishing the project. It may instruct you to simply slip the stitches from the knitting needles onto a yarn needle and pull it tight

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