I am having such a hard time starting my socks

I cannot get my DPNs joined together!! UGH!

Any tips? I’ve ripped out 4 times now. Of course I’ve had the day from you know where, so maybe I should try when I’m in a better mood

I knit socks on 2 circulars. It makes the starting much easier, plus you never have to risk a needle “falling out” of your sock in progress.

I may have to give this a try. I will have to go buy more needles though :wink:

and that’s a bad thing, how exactly? :roflhard:

I just started on my socks today too. I frogged once because of this. I am finding that it’s easier to put the non working needles under the two working needles so I can get that first stitch from needle to needle tight. Hope that makes sense. Every time I change needles I have to push the two non working needles under the working one (s).
Keep trying if you sick of it tonight try tomorrow. The first 2 or 3 rows are hard then it get easier.

I’m far from an expert on this topic… I’ve just started knitting socks myself on dpn’s but a pattern I found online suggested the following and I tried it with my 2nd and 3rd pair and it made the casting on process and getting started much easier for me. Maybe it’ll work for you… if I can explain it clearly.

When you cast all your stitches on 1 needle you cast on one extra stitch. So if your pattern calls for 64 stitches you cast on 65. Then instead of slipping your stitches to your other needles and then joining, you start your ribbing right away and knit your stitches onto the additional needles. So in my case, I cast on 65 stitches, I started my k2p2 ribbing by knitting in my ribbing pattern for 22 stitches on the 1st needle, 20 on the 2nd needle and 22 on the 3rd needle. That original needle will now have one stitch left. Put this last stitch on the beginning of the 1st needle so when you join in the round, you will knit 2 together for the first stitch.

It seemed to give me a little something more to hold onto when I got ready to join. Or it could be I just thought that because I was on my second and third pair!!! Who knows, but give it a try. And persevere… it does get easier. :wink:

Ifind it easiest and a great join to switch the first and last caston stitches in place, one of them going through the other, onto the opposite needle, also to move a few stitches so that the join is not between needles but in the middle of a needle.

I made a video on YouTube that shows how I join in the round on circulars and on dpns. I use thick yarn and big needles for the video, so it’s easy to see how it works.


Cinnamon_girl, I tried this and it worked!! THANK YOU!!! Thank you!!! thanks!!!

Your welcome. I’m so glad it worked for you! Socks are fun and worth all the effort. Good For you!! Now grab your glass of wine and come join us on the Any Sock KAL. :wink:

Hi there, I’m so new at this I really don’t know how to work all this computer stuff, but I do know how to join for socks on dpn’s. Well, it seems that you have received plenty of help I just noticed - but if you’re interested in another way -You can longtail cast on over 2 dpn’s so that the cast on row doesn’t become too tight - Unless the sock pattern calls for a really large size needle - then I distribute the sts off the back end of the two dpn’s onto the other respective needles. Next being ever so careful not to twist the sts, I do a crossover join which is simply: slip as if to purl the first st ready to be worked on the left needle over to the right needle and place the last st you cast on with live yarn from right needle over (pass it over) onto the left needle. Now you have a circle ready to knit. I stick a marker (one that goes on the stiitch itself over one of the cast on sts (not the looped kind that go on the needle) and sometimes depending on the pattern, I knit the first four sts with the tail yarn too. Hope that was helpful. Good luck.

that video helped me a lot. it’s a really simple step that makes a HUGE difference.

[COLOR=DarkOrchid][SIZE=3][FONT=Comic Sans MS]:waving: I generally knit the first couple rows flat and then arrange the sts on three needles and join. It really is a whole lot easier. I use my tail to stitch up the little gap and it’s not noticeable at all as it’s in the back of the cuff. :star:

Trying to join the cast on is just not worth the hassle for me. :teehee: