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How to knit in the round on double-pointed needles for beginners (step by step)



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Hi everyone! My name is Norman, I run the blog  nimble-needles.com, and today I want to show you  

how to knit in the round on double-pointed needles  I knit all my socks and most of my hats on DPNS.

I know a lot of people are scared to tackle this  technique. So, in this video I'm going to take you  

by the hand and guide you through knitting  in the round step-by-step. So let's dive right into it. 

Obviously, you will need double pointed  needles to knit in the around on double-pointed  

needles. They usually come in a set of five and  we'll be using all five of them in this tutorial.  

For beginners, bamboo is probably best. Bamboo is  cheap, light, very warm to the touch, and it has a  

nice friction that will prevent your stitches from falling off the needles. I personally use  

these Knitter's Pride carbon's needles. For me, they're really a dream come true and I  

own them in every imaginable size. They  are almost impossible to break. So,  

that's why I like them. I'll link you both in the description below. Once you've got your double-  

pointed needles it's time to cast on stitches. I'm  using the regular longtail cast-on here because I  

feel it's perfect for knitting in the round. I'm  going to link my detailed tutorial up in  

here and in the description below. But if you don't  like the longtail cast on for whatever reason you  

can use whatever cast-on technique you prefer.  For this little project here I'm casting on 33  

stitches. That's one more stitch than I actually  need because I need one stitch to join everything  

in the round. I usually cast on with two needles  or two sizes bigger. Why? Well that way you create  

a much stretchier edge and that will make it easier  to slip stitches to the other needles. You wil

see why this is important in a second. And also,  most patterns that are kni in the round, they start  

with some sort of ribbing around the cuff. A stretchy cast-on is actually what you need. So, I  

cast on all my thirty-three stitches. And now  it's time to distribute these stitches evenly to  

four needles. When you're knitting in the round  you always have four... or sometimes three... needles  

to hold the stitches and one working needle.  So what you have to do is, you just have to  

slip these stitches as if to purl onto the second needle. In this case, I'm slipping eight stitches  

to this needle... one, two, three, four... It's important  that you insert them as if to purl so you don't  

twist them ..One, two, three... eight! And then you pick up  the next needle and slip another eight stitches to  

the second needle. Try to distribute the stitches evenly.  I mean in theory, it doesn't really matter but it  

makes things much easier. If you have a big repeat  or something like that, you can also do

six and eight or six and ten but if it gets too  big of a difference then you will lose a lot of  

mobility. So once you distributed all stitches to  the four needles, it probably will look a bit like  

this. So, what I do from here is, I place the needles  on the table in front of me and now you have to  

make sure that they are not twisted. Your Caston  edge should form one continuous and un-twisted line.  

If it's twisted like this, you have to untwist the needles. That little gap should point towards  

the top. And I usually slide the stitches to  the middle of all four needles so there's no risk  

of them falling off. And once you're  satisfied... this is very unstable so be  

very careful. And this will probably take a bit  of practice.... but once you satisfied pick up the  

needles with both hands. Remember we cast on  one additional stitch. On the last needle, we  

actually have nine stitches and we're going to  use this to join in the round. What I do is, I  

slip the first stitch of the first needle onto  the last needle and then I pass the additional  

stitch over this first stitch a bit as if to bind  off. And then I slip it back to the first needle  

and I tuck on these two tails here. And that way  we join in the round. This joining method is  

almost invisible. And from here, you can start on  knitting. Now that we joined in the round we can start  

knitting. What you have to do is, you have to bring....  this will be the first needle we are knitting... and  

you have to bring it to the front. So, in case the tip is below this tip you have to  

bring it to the top. And likewise, if it's like this,  so the working needle is below the second needle,  

you have to bring it to the top so the needle rests on top of these two needles. And then you  

have to pick up the working yarn. Make sure you  don't pick up the tail and pick up the fifth needle  

and we can stop knitting. If this is a bit lose, you can tug on the tail and it's joined securely again. 

So, we start the knitting and for the first two stitches you have to keep a very high tension  

to avoid creating gaps but it's just the regular knit stitch. Both the knit and the purl stitch are

knit in exactly the same way in the round.  So you don't need to learn any new techniques  

here. And once you've finished the first needle, you  will get one spare new spare needle and we'll use  

this to knit the stitches on the second needle.  So rotate your work around and now you have to  

adjust.... see this is the new working needle and it  rests below those two needles but we wanted

it on top. So what I do is, I bring it to the top like  this so the needle comfortably rests up on top of  

these two needles. And from here you can continue  knitting. Now it's very important that you keep a  

high tension on the first two stitches and I say  the first two stitches because if you just keep a  

high tension for the first stitch and then you knit the second stitch.... what happens  

is that part of the yarn.... it slides back. But if  you tighten up after the second stitch then there  

are two loops on the needle and this little gap  here is permanently closed and the yarn doesn't  

slide back again. But other than that you can  knit this second needle just the way you knit  

the first needle. And when you knit all stitches  on that needle, you free this needle again.  

So this is going to be your new needle and you  rotate around and then you bring everything to  

the front again so the working needle rests on top of those. And then you continue knitting keeping  

a very high tension for the first two stitches so really really tug on them. You probably can't see  

this but really tug on very tightly so you don't create any gaps - also known as laddering. Again this  

first round will feel very very difficult and it  always is. Even for me the first rounds often very  

very difficult because the stitches and everything  isn't in the right form yet and the 

stitches may slide off at any time. So, don't worry  if you feel like you're juggling with raw  

eggs. That's quite normal! Iit gets better after the  third round. So, I'm knitting all stitches on the  

last needle. So, I finished the very first round.  I bring the needles to the front again and now  

you can continue knitting as normal and  you just continue circling up. If you're knitting  

in the round, you're knitting actually in a circle.  I am quickly going to show you. I will join here and  

this is one continuous line here... one continuous line. And you won't.... other than this little purl

bump here.. you really won't see where you joined.  And I think this is the most invisible joining  

method. So, continue knitting in this manner as long as your pattern requires. Every time you  

need to switch to a new needle, rotate your work  around, bring the working needle to the front, and  

knit the stitches keeping a very high tension for  the first two stitches. Now a lot of tutorials will  

show you how to knit in the round on double-pointed needles using three needles only. I  

personally don't like this because four needles  grant you so much more mobility than just three  

needles which are much more rigid. And it's hard  to store these as well. You know where do you  

put the third needle? You can twist it of course  but with four needles you can simply fold it and  

then wrap it around the tail and you have one  secure bundle. So that's why I personally like  

four needles. Also if you're knitting socks you  can actually slip through these four needles  

and try them on which is really not possible  if you knitting with three needles only. That's  

why I usually prefer four needles but try it out  both. In the long run I think four is better. For  

beginners three might be a bit easier to handle  and I think that's why a lot of people favor that method.  

Anyway, that's it that's how you knit in the round on double-pointed needles. I hope you were able  

to follow me along. Just keep on practicing and  I'm sure you will master this technique in no  

time. Give me a thumbs up if you like this video,  comment with your questions or your suggestions, and of course  

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