Double Pointed or DPN Help Needed

I need help!!!

I am attempting the Baby Bobbi Bear from Blue Sky Alpacas in their organic cotton.

The pattern calls for casting on to dpns and I am having a heck of a time getting my tension even as I knit around. I am getting small ladders where the needles meet. I’ve only ever used dpns to finish a hat that I started on circs (which I love) so I didn’t have this problem.

I’ve frogged this project 7 times and am getting so frustrated. Does anyone have any suggestions? :crying:

When going from dpn to dpn, give a slight tug on the 1st 2 sts and this should help :wink:

The first few rows look awful on mine, too. Just keep the stitches tight and the needles close like rebecca said, and it will improve as the knitting gets longer.

You can also use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round, and change the number of stitches on each needle every few rows. This will alter where the “looseness” is between the needles.

I knitted about 2 inches in length (about 10 rows) and it wasn’t getting any better. Also, the stitches really show because it’s a smooth cotton yarn.

Thanks, though!

I just thought of doing this this morning. I will definitely give this a try tonight.

Thank you!

You are very welcome! I don’t bother doing this with socks, because the ladders will eventually wash out. But for my kid’s stocking caps I did, since they only get washed a few times during the winter.

:happydance: I started with 20 stitches on each of three needles. When I knit off needle #1 onto needle #4, I also knit the first two stitches off needle #2 onto #4. Each time I finish knitting onto my “free” needle, I also take the first two stitches of the next needle. (I’m taking two stitches so that my stitch marker is always locked into place.) I have about two inches done and it looks great! :happydance:

Thank you!

:happydance: :cheering: :happydance: :cheering:
YAY FOR YOU!!! I’m so glad that you got it all fixed up… so when do we get to see FO pics?? :wink: