This is the third in a series of comments on how to use double-pointed needles. If you’ve looked at the patterns in the Loumms Year of Socks, you’ll see we are huge fans of DPNs. But we know that if you’re new to them, trying to work out how to get from a bunch of sticks to knitting smoothly in the round can be a bit of a puzzle.
Joining in the round is when you go from having all your stitches on your cast-on needle to being able to work them in the round so you can make a tube. That is, you cast on all your stitches onto one needle and you join in the round after you’ve divided up your stitches over your DPNs (evenly) over your needles.
**Note: If the pattern calls for 4 needles, this means that your stitches will be held on a minimum of 3 needles while you knit with a fourth. If the pattern calls for 5 needles, your stitches will be held on a minimum of 4 needles while you knit with the fifth.
Shape the needles into a triangle or square. There will be one corner that is open. To complete the triangle or square, you have to close this corner and there are a bunch of ways you can do this, but below is one of my favourites.
First, make sure that your working yarn (not the tail) is on the left-hand needle (which places the tail on the right-hand needle) and that it is held to the back and above the needles, while the tail falls down and to the front.
Slip the last stitch from the RH needle onto the tip of the LH needle.
Slip what was the first stitch from the LH needle over this stitch and onto the RH needle.
Pull both the tail and the working yarn tight, so that the join is snug.
Et voila! You’ve joined in the round.
In the next post I’ll show you another way to join in the round and from there give tips on actually knitting in the round once you’re all joined up.