Welcome to Part 3 of our series in learning to knit with double-pointed needles (DPNs)! In Part 1, you saw a collection of great tutorials to help you learn the basics in knitting with DPNs. In Part 2, I offered the benefit of my experience (aka my mistakes) in a batch of tips in knitting with DPNs. Now, let’s get to the good stuff. I’ll bet you’re ready for some free patterns so you can really sink your teeth into knitting with DPNs, right? Of course you are. And here they are!
Simple, Free Knitting Patterns for Beginning DPNers
Quick & Basic Coffee Cozy: This truly is quick and basic. If you can knit and purl, you can make this, and it’s a great way to practice using DPNs!
Be Loving Hat: This is a simple beanie that can be knit for anyone from an infant to an adult.
Ellie’s Perfect Booties: I can’t think of a better reason to try using DPNs than these absolutely adorable baby booties.
Just Try It…: “It” is a very simple, snug-fitting ribbed cowl. Bonus points for the clever name (after the response the designer gave to her man after he sputtered when she handed it to him).
Mmmalabrigo Glovies: Here’s a pattern for a quick-knitting pair of fingerless gloves that can be tucked into a pocket or purse and carried everywhere, just in case!
Recluse: These garter-stitch slippers will keep chilly toes toasty.
Kindle Cover Cozy (2 Ways): If you have an e-reader or a tablet, this pattern is a terrific way to keep it safe, especially while traveling. Comes in two different variations (double stripe or lots of stripes) and is a great way to also practice either Kitchener stitch or 3-needle bind-off.
Sucky Thumb Mitts: Fingerless mitts for babies, because why should adults have all the fun? These keep tiny hands warm while leaving the fingers and thumbs free for mouthing.
Ice Pop Sleeve: This is one of the most ingenious knitting patterns I’ve seen. Sometimes young children aren’t too keen to hold ice pops because their fingers get cold. These sleeves provide a cushion between the ice pop and tender young fingers. Isn’t that clever? (And it’s a great, easy practice for DPNs to boot!)
I hope that this series of tutorials, tips, and patterns will help all of you beginning knitters (including kiddos) feel ready to take on the world of DPNs!