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How to knit without double pointed needles?

March 8th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Knitting Double

I have found this cute pattern on the internet
http://www.islandofmisfitpatterns.com/2006/07/12/naughty-squiddy/

It wants me to use double pointed needles but I don’t have any nor can I buy some quickly. Is there a way I can use plain knitting needles to do this?

That pattern can be converted from knitting in the round to knitting flat & seaming it, but it’s not easy for a newbie. When you knit in the round (whether on DPNs or with 1 or 2 circular needles) you’re always knitting on the right side. To knit on straight needles, every other row you’d have to purl when the pattern says knit & knit when the pattern says purl. Also, you’d need to add selvege stitches at the beginning & end of every row for the seam.

Here’s a free squid pattern that’s knit flat:
http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/squiddy/squiddy.html
The 2 DPNs called for are used to make the i-cord tentacles. You can also make i-cord with a knitting spool (aka knitting noddy or knitting nancy): http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/spool-knit.htm

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Edited to add:

The increase is a kfb, which means knit the next stitch but do not slip it off the needle. Knit into the back of the same stitch you just knit, then slip it off the needle. Here’s a free video (scroll down to "KFB" on the right): http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases

So for Row 3:

knit 3 stitches (you should have 3 stitches on one needle and 8 on the other)

knit into the front & back of the next stitch (you should have 5 stitches on one needle & 7 on the other)

knit 3 stitches (you should have 8 stitches on one needle & 4 on the other)

knit into the front & back of the next stitch (you should have 10 stitches on one needle & 3 on the other)

knit 3 stitches (you should have 13 stitches on one needle & no stitches on the other)

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  • 1 carly // Mar 8, 2010 at

    If you have circular needles you can work without DPNs. You either need 2 of the same size to knit with 2 circs, or one with a very long cable to use the magic loop method. You can find lots of tutorials on You Tube or KnittingHelp.com to show you how to use these methods. You can’t use straight knitting needles unless you modify the pattern to accomodate seaming a bunch of straight pieces.
    References :

  • 2 editorgrrl // Mar 8, 2010 at

    That pattern can be converted from knitting in the round to knitting flat & seaming it, but it’s not easy for a newbie. When you knit in the round (whether on DPNs or with 1 or 2 circular needles) you’re always knitting on the right side. To knit on straight needles, every other row you’d have to purl when the pattern says knit & knit when the pattern says purl. Also, you’d need to add selvege stitches at the beginning & end of every row for the seam.

    Here’s a free squid pattern that’s knit flat:
    http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/squiddy/squiddy.html
    The 2 DPNs called for are used to make the i-cord tentacles. You can also make i-cord with a knitting spool (aka knitting noddy or knitting nancy): http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/spool-knit.htm

    *******
    Edited to add:

    The increase is a kfb, which means knit the next stitch but do not slip it off the needle. Knit into the back of the same stitch you just knit, then slip it off the needle. Here’s a free video (scroll down to "KFB" on the right): http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases

    So for Row 3:

    knit 3 stitches (you should have 3 stitches on one needle and 8 on the other)

    knit into the front & back of the next stitch (you should have 5 stitches on one needle & 7 on the other)

    knit 3 stitches (you should have 8 stitches on one needle & 4 on the other)

    knit into the front & back of the next stitch (you should have 10 stitches on one needle & 3 on the other)

    knit 3 stitches (you should have 13 stitches on one needle & no stitches on the other)
    References :

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