How to Use Double Pointed Knitting Needles?

Double pointed knitting needles are a great way to knit your favorite projects. They come in different sizes, and you’ll want to be sure that the size of your double-pointed needle matches the size of yarn you’re using. There’s no need for any fancy tricks or skills, just grab some yarn and get started! In this blog post, we’ll talk about how to use double pointed knitting needles, where you can buy them, and what type of needle tips there are.

What is double-pointed knitting needles?

Double pointed knitting needles are a type of needle that maintains the tension on both sides, making it easier to knit. It is not just any old kind of needle – they’re unique! Double points maintain tension from both sides so you can make your project with ease and precision.

Since double points have two sets of working ends, there’s less need to switch between left-handed and right-handed stitches since all these tasks can be done in either hand!

Why should you use double pointed knitting needles?

  • Double pointed knitting needles are easier to use than straight needles
  • You can knit in the round with double pointed knitting needles.
  • Double pointed knitting needles are cheaper than circulars or straights.
  • Double pointed knitting needle tips don’t split as straight needle tips do.
  • You can make a smaller project on double points because they’re shorter, and you have more control over them, which is excellent for beginners who want to try out new techniques without making a large project first.
  • There’s less chance of dropping stitches when using double points because they’re shorter, and there’s less distance between the two ends of your work.

Instructions on how to use double-pointed knitting needles:

The instructions below will guide you through how to use these versatile tools correctly:

1) Begin with holding one needle between your two fingers (your index finger should be on top of the handle).

2) Stick this needle into a pre-existing loop that is already attached onto another piece of yarn by inserting from left to right.

3) Thread each other stitch as usual – insert your first needle again back out at its original starting point before pulling tightly against new loops;

4) Continue repeating steps until desired length or size has been reached, then pull off end firmly

How to cast on using double-pointed knitting needles?

The most common way to cast on is using the long-tail method. To do this, you will need a cable needle and two double-pointed needles that are smaller than your main knitting needles. You’ll also want something handy for marking stitches: I like to use scrap yarn or stitch markers in contrasting colors. Cast one end of your working yarn onto one of the dpns (the shorter side). With an inch or so tail from both ends hanging down off each pointy tip, insert opposite tips into work at either edge and knit up a few rows before casting again.

3 things to consider when choosing double-pointed knitting needles:

1. Length of needles
2. Size of needles
3. Material the needles are made of

What’s the difference between double-pointed needles and circular knitting needles?

For people who knit, there is a significant difference between knitting with double-pointed needles and circular needles. Double pointed needles are used for knitting smaller projects such as sleeves or in the round areas of sweaters/hats, whereas circulars are most often utilized when working on larger pieces like backpacks, lace shawls, or afghans!

Overall, it’s just important to know how each type functions differently to use them effectively.


This blog post has been about how to use double pointed knitting needles. I hope this article helped you learn more about the different kinds of needles and also gave you some tips on what factors go into choosing a needle for your project. If there is anything else you’d like us to cover, let us know in the comments below! Have a great day, everyone!


I’m Jane and I’m the editor of! I am a long-time craft and clothing design fan who has been writing about these interests for years.

I have spent many hours studying knitting, weaving, sewing, embroidery, and quilting as well as learning about various brands and models of sewing gear and machines. In addition to this research, my work involves publishing information related to these topics in ways that will be informative for both amateur crafters like me and more experienced sewers!