What are Double Pointed Knitting Needles used for?

Any avid knitter will know that you need various needles in your arsenal, each for specific tasks and certain projects. Whether you dream about creating pretty patterns, cosy snug wear or cool clothing, there’s an appropriate pair of needles for every kind of item you want to make. In this post, we’ll look into the double pointed sets and delve into their main features and uses. So even if you’re a beginner you can clue yourself up on when to use this particular variety.

What are they?

As the name suggests, these needles have points at both ends. If you go on to read more about them you’ll often see them abbreviated to DPNs. The fact that they’re double pointed means you can knit at both ends so you get double the trouble!! They are normally sold in sets as with our ranges, of around four or five.

What type is best?

There’s no right answer to this question, it’s all down to what you feel most comfortable with. It is, however, advised that novices go for wood as it has a firmer grip, unlike metal where the stitches are in danger of slipping off! There are all different thicknesses as well and in regard to this particular aspect, it will depend on what type of wool you want to work with.

At Knitting Co., we have all the best brands in stock for you to choose from. We only sell reputable, craft brands so that you can rest assured you’ll be receiving top quality products. Knit Pro are our brand of choice when it comes to DPN sets and they’re very popular indeed!

What are their benefits?

Principally, they’re used to knit in the round which is essentially knitting in a seamless circle. Why not just use circular needles you ask? Well because it comes down to the type of project you want to embark on.

DPNs are brilliant for:

  • Small hats
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Ends of sleeves

This is because usually circular needles start at 16 inches which is far too big to say knit fingers of gloves! With DPNs, you can get right into the nooks and crannies and work small stitches to achieve small circles- perfect for tops and ends too!

For further explanation, think of circular needles as a merry-go-round, it all follows the same direction in one swift, round loop. Whereas using DPNs is like going on the swings, you go forwards and backwards from one needle to another just like a swing drops back and drives forward. Essentially, it gives you more flexibility and control over the motion.

In conclusion, to decide whether these diverse doubler pointers are for you, consider the needs of your venture. Although we believe it’s well worth investing in a set because they come in handy for the majority of pieces! They’re super cost effective and very versatile, the ultimate 2 for 1! So why not start by taking a look at our range or contact us for more information if you have any other questions? We can’t wait to connect with you!

1 comment

Jean Aylward

Jean Aylward

I love the set of 5 DPN as I always use 5 needles when knitting beanies
With the KnitPro “Zing” Metal Double Point Knitting Needles I have founf if you polish them with a soft cloth or tissue before using the stitches slip along the needle easier.
Happy Knitting

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