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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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New Class! Top Down Socks on Double-Pointed Needles

rainbow sox
I finally have a new knitting class! I haven’t taught in over a year, and I am really excited about this one. It’s no secret that I love knitting socks. I almost always have a sock on the needles, and I want to teach you how too.

This class is perfect for a beginning knitter who wants to learn how to knit in the round or an experienced knitter who hasn’t quite learned how to knit socks yet.


We’ll explore the shape of socks, construction, and gauge.


Top-Down Socks on Double-Pointed Needles
$60, Mondays, July 14, 21, 28 August 4, 11, 18 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Potwin Presbyterian Church
Skill Level: Adventurous Beginner
Skills needed: knit, purl

In this class you will learn how to knit a pair of top-down socks using my original sock recipe. Over six weeks, you will learn how to knit using double-pointed needles (dpns), decreasing, short rows, picking up stitches, kitchener stitch, how to calculate gauge for any size foot.

Materials needed:
100g sock yarn (fingering weight)
One set of 4 US size 2 Double-Pointed Needles
Yarn Needle
Measuring Tape
Locking Stitch marker (optional)

To sign up, email me at or leave a comment on this post.


Today’s the day we cast on Pogona for the PFA Summer KAL. Join us in the PFA Ravelry Group!