Instructions for Double Pointed Needle Knitting.
Knitting on a set of 3,4 or 5 double pointed needles,(DPNs)
produces a tubular seamless fabric and is ideal for socks,collars,gloves and hats.When knitting in rounds the right side of the fabric always faces you, so if you are working in st.st then every round will be a knit round.
1, Divide the number of stitches to be cast on equally between 4 needles, ( or the number of needles used.) Cast on the required number of sts. for the 1st. needle. Place the next needle parallel and above the 1st.needle, allowing the point to protrude a little,Cast on the required number of sts. for the 2nd. needle.
2,Continue to cast on the sts. on the remaining needles. Be sure that all the sts. are facing the same way and that none are twisted round the needle. Place a marker, a plastic ring or loop of contrasting yarn, at the end of the last cast on st. This marks the beginning of each round.
3,Arrange the 4 needles in a square,(3 needles in a triangle,) and using an additional needle knit into the 1st. cast on st. on the 1st needle, thus closing up the square. Pull the yarn firmly on the first needle to avoid a gap.
4,Work across the sts. on the 1st needle then use this needle to work across the sts. on the 2nd. needle and so on. Always pull the yarn firmly on the 1st. st. on each needle to avoid a gap.
5,Knit each section of the circle until the coloured marker is reached, then slip the marker without working it to begin the next round.