Friday, June 23, 2006

More Tips For Double Pointed Needles:

For those who are still confused here are some things I found out after posting the first blog. These are things I've never seen written down in a book, so be prepared for some awkard twists!

When you are casting on cast on one more stich than necessary, then when you knit for the first time, slip off that stich to your right needle (saying you are right handed) and then knit your first stich and then drag your first stich over and drop it inbetween the two needles, as if you were casting off

Whenever you are knitting the first stich make sure you end with a purl on each needle. If you purl your first stich on your new needle you will add a stich. If you get to the end of one of your needles and you have to purl next, simply slip another loop onto that needle and purl it. Then switch needles. YOU ONLY HAVE TO DO THIS FOR THE FIRST ROUND

When ribbing your own pattern, try to stick with k1, p1, trust me it is a lot easier than k2, p2. Especially if you have uneven stiches going on.

Attempt not to panic when working for the first time with the needles...pratice pratice PRATICE is the virtual key!

I'll be posting pics sooon about each of these techniques. Give me about a week!


Monday, June 19, 2006

Hello everybody! My goal here at Emmy's Knits is to post new things about how to knit, you know the cool tips that the books do NOT teach you about. Today's topic is about double pointed needles...the most misunderstood kind of needles in the market!
Here is my first set of double pointed needles! They are Bolye size 9. After sevearl hours of attempting to make something I finally did! I am very proud of this! It isn't very hard, just try to remember to keep your needles from twisting. When you cast on, cast on all stiches on one needle and then divide them up by adding the loops onto a different needle by slipping purl wise onto all of the other needles.

Also make sure you try not to keep the dpn in that perfect triangle becuase you will never get around the first time. What you see in the textbooks is just tyring to show you how the yarn looks on the dpn. I thought that what you excatly see in the text books is how you should hold the needles. Best idea is to hold two of the needles as if you were knitting with straights and sticking the other two/three needles inbetween your fingers on your left hand (if you are a right-handed knitter). This is a little aquard at first but the more rounds that you do on your neeldes the more weight will keep those other needles in shape and far away from you.

Best of luck!