I’ve knitted with dpn’s before, but usually with 3 working and one active needle. Anyway, I’m TRYING to start the French Market bag which begins with 8 cast-on stitches divided on 4 dpn’s. To join, the pattern reads: Join by slipping first st onto Needle 4. Pull last st over first st and move the last stitch onto the Needle 1. Geesh…I can’t distinguish Needle 1 from Needle 4 and I get my first stitch and last stitch all mixed up. Are the 4 needles lined up to form a square? And, help me find a way to determine the first stitch from the last stitch. I’m assuming the first stitch is the first cast-on stitch and would have the tail. Someone…please give me an easy way to do this. I tried about 6 times last night and finally gave up. :?? My dpn’s may be too long for this few stitches, but they were the only length I could find of the correct size. I don’t know if that would make a difference, but the shorter dpn’s seem to be easier to work with.
Any help/suggestions will be GREATLY appreciated.