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Converting DPN Pattern to 2 Circs?

Can anyone help, please? I have a customer who bought my Fast Florida Footies pattern as a download from the KnittingZone website. The pattern was written for double-pointed needles (DPNs). She is working it on 2 circular needles rather than DPNs and I have not done this before. She writes:

As soon as it printed off I began my sock… However, I decided to knit them on two circular needles instead of double points.
Everything went along very well until it was time to do the gusset decrease.
Here is where I need help distributing the stitches and placing markers.
Could you help me with this part? I sure would appreciate it.

I inquired and she does not have a local guild or yarn shop to help her out. Does anyone out there have the time and knowledge to help this customer? We both would be appreciative.

If you are able to help, please either leave me a comment or send an email to Lynn AT ColorJoy DOT com and I’ll connect you to the person with the question. Thanks!

4 Responses to “Converting DPN Pattern to 2 Circs?”

  1. Mary G. Says:


    I do 2circs all the time — usually you want to split 50/50 with the gusset sts starting and ending on one needle (same set up as she would have done to do the heel flap). The rnd will actually start at the end of the heel flap (so the gusset sts will be a rnd short on the right side looking at the heel from the back). She should mark the beginning of the round OR she can break the yarn so the rnd will now start at the beginning of the gusset sts.

    Make sense?

    Hang in there, I’m sure she’ll get it!

  2. Jean Says:

    I’m working on ankle socks right now, 68 stitches, on two circs.

    Circ. #1 has the heel flap stitches, and circ. #2 has the instep stitches. If I had these on a set of 5 double pointed needles, the heel stitches would be on needles 1 and 2, and the instep stitches would be on needles 3 and 4.

    When I pick up the gusset stitches, I put all of them on circ. #1. This puts the gusset decreases at the beginning and end of circ. #1 (it’s a little bit difficult for the first few decrease rounds, I find it helps when knitting on circ. #1 to bunch up the stitches of circ. #1 so they are all on the needles and none are on the cable until the number of stitches is closer to 68 totals). Alternatively, one could put some of the gusset stitches on circ. #2, and use markers to keep track of the decrease locations (I don’t because I don’t like to have markers on my purse project).

    Generally to convert from dpns to circs, I “assign” the stitches from, for example, needles 1 & 2 to circ. #1 and from needles 3 & 4 to circ. #2. For most sock patterns, except for the gussets, half the stitches will be on one circ and half on the other circ.

    I confess that I don’t usually use markers for socks – I use the cast-on tail to mark beginning of round, and put that at the beginning of needle 1 (circ. or dpn), end the ribbing or pattern repeats at the places between needles (as evenly as possible, but I do prefer to start needles with a knit stitch rather than a purl stitch and I will shift stitches over to make that work for me), place gusset decreases at the beginning/end of a needle(s, for dpns), and off I go!

  3. Deborah H Says:

    A good source for her to have on hand is the book “Sensational Knitted Socks” by Charlene Schurch. It covers both methods of knitting socks and should help her convert any and all of her sock patterns.

    Feel better, Lynn!

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