Hi all, still trying DPN’s, this is my question: My neighbor just gave me a lesson, she casted on one needle, then from that needle, casted on each of the other needles…She did not slide sts off to other needles. Is that method o.k. or do you absolutely have to slip off sts to other needles… :wall: :wall: Really want to make socks, I am going to do Magic Loop and 2 circs to see what works best for me…Thanks Chele

If I’m reading your post correctly, you cast on to one needle, then the next, and so on, right? For example, if the pattern calls for 45 stitches, did you cast 15 on each of three needles? If so, that’s fine. I’ve knitted several pairs of socks, and I never cast on all the stitches to the same needle and redistribute them. I think it’s way easier to cast the stitches on to their intended needles.

DPNs will always be tricky for the first couple of rows. That’s just the nature of them. But after 2-3 rows, the needles will stay put.

Me too… I always cast on the stitches onto their individual needles. Who wants to bother with moving stitches around, blerrhh!

For me, I’ve found that Magic Loop is my preferred method for knitting small diameter in the round.

Got it…but just let me re-phrase…She cast on let’s say 30sts on one needle, then knit 10sts onto another needles, knit10sts on another needle…total 30 sts 3 needles, so I guess what she did was not exactly casting on…but knitting onto 2 other needles, then began with the triangle shape and started her pattern…So, this wouldn’t really be casting on individually? :shrug: :shrug: Right? Is that an o.k,. method or does that create a problem with the “cast on edge” Thanks

well, hmmm, no you’ve confused me a little, cause if she ‘cast on 30 stitches on 1 needle’, then ‘knit 10 sts on another needle, then 10 on another’, then there would actually be a total of 50 sts in that scenario… so, ultimately she has to start with a CO amount, maybe you meant to say 10, then knit on 10… which cast on method do you use, and is it different to hers. There are numerous cast on methods, one of them is a knit on cast on. Once you have joined the cast on stitches (whichever method you use), then you start your ‘knitting’…

I’ll try again :teehee: one needle has 30sts (cast on) from that needle she used needle#2 knitted 10sts on to that (from orignal 30 sts). Took needle#3 knitted 10 sts on to that one from the original cast on needle. Ended up with a triangle shape, 3 needles 10sts on each needle. Then began her pattern. Make sense???

ahhh… now i see, that is absolutely weird!!! I don’t really see a problem, only in that you would have to seam the little bit where the knitting (really, the knitting the first row it seems to me, so it would be higher once you got to the joining part and would also be left with a little nub i would think :shrug: ) joins the first co stitch.

If I had to cast on 30 i simply grab needle 1 and co 10, put needle 2 right beside it (laying next to it), but with it’s tip out a bit further and cast 10 onto this, then do the same with the third needle. Then just make sure it’s not twisted and start knitting…

Haven’t seen the way she did it before, maybe someone else here has…

Hello, I have seen DPNs sold in lengths of 5", 7", 8", and 12". What are the 12" length DPNs used for, typically? Is the final product normally a handbag, totebag, something along those lines (when using 12" length DPNs) and thank you. :??

I cast all of my stitches on one needle, sometimes using stitch markers for every 20 or so. That makes it easier when moving the stitches to the other needles. Dealing with the dpns is cumbersome enough. I think that for me, clumsy as I am, this works the best.

If I’ve read your posts correctly, I think you’re saying that, rather than cast on all your stitches to one needle, and then slip them to the other needles, your neighbor knits them onto the other needles.

If that is the case, then that works just as well as slipping the CO stitchs, or even casting them on to the different needles from the get go. Whatever you’re more comfortable doing! I’ve done all three ways, and I don’t think I’d be able to tell the difference, if I didn’t already know!

Like Five_Six said though, your ‘seam’ (where the last needle meets up with the first needle) will be one round off, so all you’ll need to do is take the CO tail when you’re done, and just seam up those two stitches on the first row.

It’s pretty hard to do knitting ‘wrong’, if the finished product looks similar to other methods!

I know many people prefer to knit a row or two before joining in the round, they say it helps stop them from twisting the stitches, and they can sew up the join later with the tail. Either way works, you will develop a preference eventually. I prefer to cast all the stitches onto one needle and then slip them, I am fussy about evenness when casting on, I think the stitches will end up more even that way. Knitter’s choice! Try it for yourself and see which you prefer.

The longer DPNs would be used for anything bigger. A bag would be a good example, possibly also for necklines of jumpers, anything much bigger than a sock (although you could do a neckline with, for example, 10 shorter DPNs).


[color=indigo]You can do it any way that gives you the finished product you want. Some cast on to each needle as they go, some cast onto one needle and slip sts to the others. Some knit a couple rows, then slip and join. Whatever works for you and allows you to knit in the round. As long as the sts don’t get twisted it’s been done correctly. :teehee: [/color]

It sounds like she actually cast all of the stitches onto one needle and rather than slip them off, just knit the other stitches with the two other needles, but I could be wrong.