Sunday, June 27, 2010

DPNs: Adapting a flat item to DPNS, Part 2 of 2


Supplies: Four U.S. size 8, 9 or 10 dpns, worsted weight yarn any color, darning needle

PROJECT: Let's adapt a fairly simple hat knitted flat on 2 straight needles (pattern below) to knitting in the round on dpns. As the straight knitted hat has to be seamed up the back, 70 stitches are cast on, with 2 stitches allowing for the sewn seam. Since we will not be seaming the item, we need to eliminate 2 stitches. Therefore, instead of casting on 70 stitches, we'll cast on 68 either all onto one dpn and transfer them to 3 dpns evenly (approx. 22 stitches per dpn), or spread evenly over 3 dpns with a direct cast on. If you are uncomfortable with the initial join, cast on 69 and stitch the first 2 together as directed above in No. 3.

Because this hat is stretchy, worked in 3K, 1P ribbing, whether or not you want it tighter or looser on your head will determine which size needles you use. Since this is a very stretchy pattern, a little bit tighter or looser gauge isn't going to drastically change the fit.

Round 1: k3, p1
Subsequent rounds: repeat round 1
At 7 inches, begin decreasing as follows:
Round 1: k2 together, around
Round 2: k2together, around
Round 3: cut yarn leaving a 5 inch tail. Thread a darning needle and slip it through all stitches on the dpns, pull the yarn tight and make 2 stitches to keep the top of the hat shut. Add a pompon to the top if desired.

Note the differences between knitting the project as above on dpns, and as below on straight needles.
Consider what other projects that are written for straight needles could be adapted to knitting on dpns


STRETCHY RIBBED CAP (for average-sized adult head)
Supplies: (less than) 1 skein worsted weight acrylic yarn, your brand/color choice
Needles: U.S. size 8, 9 or 10
Alternately, may be worked on circular needles if desired
Gauge: since this hat is very stretchy, any of the 3 sized needles will work and not change the overall fit too dramatically.

Cast on 70 stitches
Row 1: K3, P1, repeat across, ending in K2.
Row 2: P2, *k1, P3*, repeat across from *to*.
Repeat rows 1 - 2 and work as established in rib pattern until piece measures 7 inches long. At 7 inches, decrease as follows:
Row 1: k2tog across. Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3-5: Repeat rows 1 & 2, ending in a decrease row. DO NOT CAST OFF.

Leaving a 12 inch tail, cut yarn. Thread the tail through a darning needle. Slip the darning needle through the stitches on the knitting needle as you remove the knitting needle. Pull the tail tightly and secure the tightened opening with a whipstitch. Using the remaining length of tail, continue down the back of the hat and whipstitch the seams together until finished. Weave the tail in one direction, then the other to secure. Cut tail.
Notes: Hat may be made with scraps in various colors. The ribbing pattern can be altered as you wish. It can be embellished with a tassel or pompon at the top, or knitted flowers/shapes or buttons may be sewn on. Knitting it 9 to 10 inches long instead of 7 before decreasing, creates a brimmed edge that can be turned up.


  1. Hi Donna, thanks for stopping by. Ya know I was sooo tired from working in the garden yesterday that when I went to make the whipcream at about 10p (Too late to eat last night but brought some to work with me today) I stood there geez, I knew the ingredients but what was the sequence of them? I had to think for a bit. I haven't made it in a long time; I always laze-out and get the can kind. I usually make the shortcake but instead I got an angelfood (less fat) cake from Whole Foods Mkt. Do you have one by you? A bit pricey but their baked goods are like home made. Ya know, I always wanted the jiffy-pop kind so bad. It looked so cool on TV with the aluminum growing and bulging up. I am one of 7 kids and so my parents were always cutting corners but a couple times we did have it and didn't taste any different to me really but what a novelty. I bought it a few times for my kids because they wanted it and of course I still thought it was cool. See, we had cool stuff growing up didn't we? I still haven't read all your posts yet but I will!

    Yarn council, Thanks. I attended FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchanding) in Los Angeles in 1978. I got a grant for the merchandising part but hated it so I took the fashion courses 2nd semester instead and those didn't apply to any degree but I finished up the year. I loved the textile design class and would like to kick my butt for not pursuing it all these years. I didn't go back the next year, instead I got married and had a baby. Remember when wallpaper and textiles ie, Laura Ashley was so popular? I could have cashed in then. I'd like to do children's room murals and design but in this economy probably not the best time right now. Yeah, it's a novel, guess I'll get back to work!

    Have a fab week.

  2. Oh, I hear ya. was that cake... :)