This is a very simple question. I am currently working on a hat that will have me decrease on DPNs. It calls for five DPNs, but I only have four.
Can I still decrease on the four DPNs or do I need the five? Thanks!
you can just distribute your stitches onto 3 needles and use the 4th to knit with - you'll just have more stitches on each needle than if you used 4 needles and knit with the 5th.
I rarely use the dpns. My method of choice is to use two circular needles instead of the dpns. I find it so much easier to manage the two circular needles instead of four or five dpns. Plus I have never gotten the dreaded ladders when using the circulars. There are several tutorials around for this method. I hope this helps. Patty
Sure you can do it with four, or use a circ and magic loop, or a pair of circs.
Most of the time you can use only 4 DPNs instead of 5. But some patterns are written where the decreases or increases or the pattern in general is set specifically around there being 5 DPNs. You can usually tell this if the pattern names the needles like "needle 1" or "needle 2". If that is the case then a good trick I read about -- I don't remember where -- I think it was EZ's Knitting Without Tears -- replace the 5th needle with one from another set no more than 1 or 2 size difference. Since the needles get rotated on the project it will not affect the gauge too drastically. Hope this helps. Good luck.
You can also put a marker where the ends of the needle would be if you were using 5 needles, if the pattern is one that calls for decs/incs on a specific needle. Most patterns say to do so after X sts.
I just reread my pattern and whoohoo! It says nothing about certain numbered needles. It just says a set of five, but it's nothing but k2tog throughout the decreases. So I should just be able to split the stitches amongst the four DPNs; I guess the author naturally uses five.
Thanks so much!