Does anyone have any tips for a fairly new knitter on working with DPN’s, when decreasing for the top of a hat? I’ve knitted one hat (a beret) and had such a difficult time with the DPN’s, but managed to finish the hat. I then tried to knit a pointed top “wizard” hat for my son from the Charmed Knits book, and messed up the top of the hat so badly that I had to frog the entire thing. Somehow I purled at the top, instead of knitting (still can’t figure out how I did that), and I had a hard time keeping track of which needle to work next, and which needle to knit off first, if that makes sense. I also have a hard time with decreasing, when the stitches I need to decrease are on two different needles.
I can manage circular needles fine, in fact, I prefer them for straight knitting as well, but somehow those DPN’s just seem to stump me. I’m currently knitting a lace hat, and it’s coming along great, but I’m worried about messing up the hat when I get to the point where I need the DPN’s.
Any advice would be great appreciated!