Cast On with Double Pointed Needles

Just like casting on with circular needles, you must avoid twisting the stitches when casting on to double-pointed needles. The difference is that you divide the cast-on stitches over three needles.

1 With four double-pointed needles, cast on all of the stitches that are called for onto one double-pointed needle. Then slip one-third of the stitches onto a second needle, and one-third onto a third needle.

Note: If the stitches cannot be divided equally in thirds, you can approximate the amount.

2 Arrange the three needles so that they form a triangle: The needle with the working yarn attached should be the right side of the triangle (a), the center needle should be the base of the triangle (b), and the needle with the first cast-on stitch should be the left side of the triangle (c).

Note: Make sure that the cast-on edge is running around the center of the triangle, untwisted.

What if all of the stitches won't fit on one double-pointed needle when casting on?

If you are casting on too many stitches to fit on one double-pointed needle in step 1, use a long single-pointed needle to cast on all of the stitches. Then slip them on to the double-pointed needles, dividing them as evenly as possible.

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