How to Cast On to Double Pointed Needles


Back when I was teaching knitting classes regularly, I had a lot of students who had never knit in the round, and more specifically, had never knit with double pointed needles (DPNs), because they were intimidated by the mechanics of it. So we spent the whole first two hour lesson in any sock or mitten class learning how to cast on and getting to know all those needles.

Today’s video is like a condensed, 10-minute version of that class. It’s got all my tips and tricks, but it doesn’t take long to watch. And even better, you can watch the parts you need over and over again. I am still learning the video editing process, and I still sound like a grade A idiot on film, but my husband said I could tag this video as knitting ASMR, so I’m calling that a win.

If you would like to follow along with the written pattern, check it out here.

Next Monday we’ll increase for the thumb!

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Simple Chunky Mittens Video Tutorial

Back in 2012, I published a little knitting pattern I cooked up for one of my knitting classes. I also posted it on Ravelry. Since then, that pattern has been the number one thing that brings new folks to my website.

Along with those new folks have come requests to see a video tutorial on how to knit these mittens. I’ve been meaning to do it 4 out of the last 5 years, but this year, I finally figured out how to make it happen.

So, if you’re interested in learning how to knit a quick and easy pair of mittens with minimal materials, or are just curious to see how awkward I am talking to my phone in an empty room, click on the video below!

In the video, I only mention what you need to get started: yarn and needles. If you’d like to follow along and collect all your supplies now, here is a full supply list

-100g of chunky weight yarn
-1 set of 4 size US 10 double pointed knitting needles
-2 stitch markers
-Waste yarn
-Yarn Needle
-Tape measure

I made a video about casting on to double pointed needles to get you started.

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Free Pattern: Chunky Baby Mittens with No Thumb

My gift to you on this, the day after Thanksgiving, the first Day of the Christmas season, a new free pattern!
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It’s that time of year when I start frantically making sure my family has warm things to cover their heads, hands, and feet, because the weather has decided it’s pretty much winter. Since I have a wee little one this year, I got to make the simplest, quickest pair of mittens there is. Chunky mittens with no thumbs! Just a cuff, and a hand! And on size 10 needles, these little suckers are done in no time. If you have a baby in your circle, these are a super quick, fun little gifts to help keep teeny tiny fingers warm this winter.

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In the pattern, I say to use DPNs, but please use whichever method you are fond of. Obviously, you can see I knit my mittens using magic loop, which has been my default lately, mostly because finding one circular needles is usually easier than four DPNs in the same size.

Materials
50g Chunky Weight Yarn (Shown in some old Brachiosaurus Bulky, but Wool of the Andes Bulky would substitute perfectly.)
Gauge
4 stitches per inch in Stockinette
Needles
1 set US Size 8/5mm double pointed needles
1 set US size 10/6mm double pointed needles
Tools
Darning needle

Pattern Key
BO– bind off
CO– cast on
K– knit
P-Purl
K2tog– knit 2 stitches together (a decrease)
st(s)—stitch(es)
St st— Stockinette stitch

Pattern
CO 18 stitches onto smaller needels
Spread evenly over three DPNs. Join to work in the round
Cuff:
K1 P1 for two inches or until cuff reaches desired length
Hand:
Switch to larger needles.
At the beginning of the next round, switch to ST stitch, adding two sts in the first round for a total of 20 sts.

Knit every round for 3 inches.

Decreases:
Row 1:K3, K2tog repeat around
Row 2: K around
Row 3: K2, k2tog repeat around
Row 4: K1, K2tog repeat around
Row 5: K2tog, repeat around
Pull yarn through sts, and weave in securely.
Weave in all ends.
Knit Two.
Block

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Free Pattern: The Caroline Scarf

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For her birthday, my sister, Caroline, asked that I knit her a scarf. She wasn’t specific about how it should be, except maybe purple. So I made up a design to knit for her and the color may be purple, so I feel like it fits the bill. Never you mind that it’s nearly May and her birthday was in March.

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This is a chunky lace scarf meant to be wide and warm, but distinctly spring-like. Knit out of merino yarn, it is soft and cozy and perfect for those nippy spring days-or you’re having a spring like we are this year, it will keep you warm while you are still waiting for spring to officially arrive.

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Materials
About 200 grams or 400 yards worsted yarn
Gauge
2 Lace Repeats is 4 inches, blocked
Needles
US size 10/6mm straight needles
Tools
Darning needle
Stitch Markers (optional)

Pattern Key
BO– bind off
CO– cast on
K– knit
K2tog– knit 2 stitches together
(a decrease)
P– purl
SSK– slip two stitches knitwise then knit together through back loop (a decrease)
SL1 K2tog PSSO slip one stitch, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over (a double decrease)
YO– Yarn Over —wrap yarn once around needle in the opposite direction as normal to create an increase.

Pattern
CO 52 stitches
Set Up Row 1: Knit
Set Up Row 2 : Purl

Lace Repeat:
Row 1: k1, p1, *ssk, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, p1,* repeat between * until last two stitches, k2
Row 2: p2, *k1, p7,* repeat between * until last two stitches, k1, p1
Row 3: k1, p1, *k3, yo, sl k2to psso, yo, k2, p1,* repeat between * until last two stitches, k2
Row 4: p2, *k1, p7,* repeat between last two stitches, k1, p1

Repeat these four rows until scarf reach 50 inches long or desired Length

Edging:
Edging Row 1: knit
Edging Row 2: purl
BO

Block, pulling scarf long to add length but not so long that you lose width. Finished measurements on mine are 15 inches wide by 62 inches long.

Weave in ends and wear.

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Free Chunky Mitten Pattern

This is mitten pattern I wrote up for my knitting class this week. They came out nicely. They are a quick enough project that you could knit them and still have time to wear them before winter is over!

Looking for more than a pattern? You can find video tutorials for this pattern here

Materials
One 100g Skein Chunky Yarn. Shown in Knitpicks Wool of the Andes (137 yds/100g)
Gauge
4 stitches per inch in Stockinette
Needles
1 set US size 10/6mm double pointed needles
Tools
Darning needle
Waste Yarn
Two Stitch Markers

Pattern Key
BO– bind off
CO– cast on
K– knit
K2tog– knit 2 stitches together
(a decrease)
M1R— Pick up bar between stitch on right needle and left needle from behind. Knit from front of needle. (an increase)
M1L— Pick up bar between stitch on right needle and stitch on left needle from the front. Knit from back of needle. (an increase)
pm—place marker
st(s)—stitch(es)
St st— Stockinette stitch

Pattern
CO 28 stitches
Spread evenly over three DPNs. Join to work in the round
Cuff:
K2 P2 for two inches or until cuff reaches desired length
Hand:
At the beginning of the next round, switch to ST stitch, adding one stitch on third needle.
Begin Thumb Gusset:
Next round, knit 14 stitches, pm, M1R, K1, M1L, pm, knit around
Increase between stitch markers in this manner every third round until you have total of nine gusset stitches.
Next round, K to stitch marker, place stitches between marker on waste yarn, CO 2 st on right hand needle, K to end.
K until mitten measure 4” about thumb gusset or until mitten is 1.5” shorter than total desired length.
Decreases:
K5, K2tog repeat until last 2 st, K2
K
K4, k2tog repeat until last 2 st, K2
K
K3, K2tog repeat until last 2 st, K2
K2, K2tog, repeat until last 2 st, K2
K2together around, pull yarn through sts, and weave in securely.
Thumb:
Place held stitches back on needle, pick up five stitches from around thumb hole, 14 st. Distribute evenly over double pointed needles. K for 1 ½ inches
(K2, K2tog) 3 times, K2
(K1, K2tog) 3 times, K2
K2tog around. Break yarn and pull through remaining 4 sts. Pull tightly and weave in securely.
Weave in all ends.
Block.
Knit Two.

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Free Pattern: Study Gloves

I love a good pair of fingerless mitts. Most of the work I do throughout the day, typeing, knitting, dyeing, spinning, requires my fingers be free. And yet, if it’s a tad on the chilly side, I find having my palms covered helps keep off the cold.

When I first learned how to knit I was living in this horrible little house that would not hold in the heat at all. I would become especially cold while sitting at my desk, studying for hours upon end, to the point where I would light a candle not for fragrance, but for warming my fingers over it. Out of necessity, I made up this pattern that fall and have remade it a million times in all different shapes and sizes for many different hands. However, this is the original pattern I improvised back in 2009. The best part is that it’s pretty quick, and can be knit in an evening or two, meaning there is still some time to knock out a pair before Christmas if you need to, or something great to make for yourself in January.

Study Gloves (Makes women’s M/L)

Materials, 1 skein Pteranodon worsted weight yarn or 100g worsted weight yarn (about 200 yards)
Tools, size 6 DPNs, stitch holder, two stitch markers, darning needle
Gauge, six stitches per inch

Pattern
CO 40 stitches, divide evenly between needles
Cuff:
K1, P1 around until cuff measures 2 or 3 inches in length (I usually prefer mine on the long side)

Next Round:
Knit, increase two stitches for total 42 stitches

Thumb Gusset:
Knit across 20 stitches, pm, M1L*, k1, M1R, pm, knit to end of round

Increase in this manner ever three rows 4 more times for a total number of 13 stitches between markers

On next round, place gusset stitches on holder, CO two onto right needle to cover gap, knit to end

Knit until piece measures 4 inches from cuff

Next Round:
K1, P1 for one inch

BO loosely, in pattern

Thumb:
Place held stitches on to needle, pick up and knit three stitches along cast on edge, 15 stitches total
Knit for one inch
K1, P1 for ½ inch
BO loosely, in pattern

Knit Two for a pair of mitts that will keep you warm while you work!

*For a really good tutorial on increases, including M1L and M1R see knittinghelp.com

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Free Pattern: Owl Coffee Cozy

Looking for a quick stocking stuffer idea? Know people who really love coffee? This knit coffee cozies are quick and cute. I love home made coffee cozies. These cozies are insulating, cute, and reusable. They are also a great way to use up left over yarn, taking only about 50 yards to complete each one.

Owl Coffee Cozy Pattern

Materials– about 50 yards worsted weight yarn (one skein of my Pteranodon yarn would make a set of four, for instance.)

Gauge– 22 stitches wide by 28 stitches tall in 4 inches done in k2, p1 rib pattern

Needles– one set US 9/5.5mm double pointed needles

Tools– cable needle
darning needle
six small buttons (optional)
sewing needle and thread (optional)

Pattern Key
BO — bind off
CO — cast on
C4B— slip two stitches onto cable needle, hold in back, knit next two stitches, then knit from cable needle
C4F— slip two stitches onto cable needle, hold in front, knit next two stitches, then knit from cable needle
K–knit
P–purl

Pattern
CO 36 stitches, dividing evenly over DPNs being careful not to twist. (I like to do 12 stitches over three needles)
Rounds 1-4: K2, P1 around
Rounds 5-7: K8, P4 around
Round 8: C4B, C4F, P4 around
Rounds 9-15: K8, P4 around
Round 16: C4B, C4F, P4 around
Rounds 17-22: K8, P4 around
Round 23: C4b, C4F, P4 around
Rounds 24-26: K2, P1 around
BO in rib pattern

You can use as is, or for more fun, sew six small buttons on for eyes.

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Free Knitted Wash Cloth Pattern

Tomorrow I teach my first beginning knitting class! We are starting off with that most useful of household object, the basic wash cloth. To celebrate, I would like to offer up, for free, the pattern I wrote for the class.

Materials
About 35 yards worsted weight cotton yarn (like Lily’s Sugar n Cream)
Gauge
4 stitch per inch garter stitch
Needles
US size 8/5mm straight needles
Tools
Darning needle

Pattern Key
BO– bind off
CO– cast on
K– knit
K2tog– knit 2 stitches together
(a decrease)
YO– Yarn Over —wrap yarn once around needle in the opposite direction as normal to create an increase.

Pattern
CO 3 stitches
Row1: K1, YO, K2 (1 stitch added)
Row2: K1, YO, K to end of row (1 stitch added)
Continue in the manner until you have 38 stitches on your needles
Next Row: Knit
Next Row: K1, YO, K2tog, K to last 4 stitches, K2tog,
K2 (1 stitch decreased)
Continue in this manner until you have six stitches left on your needles
Next Row; K2tog, K2tog, K2
Next Row: K2tog, K2tog
Next Row: BO
Finishing
Weave in ends and use!

Happy Knitting!

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