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chrislt8 08-31-2007 09:26 PM

dpns - sock vs std?
I was adding my needle inventory into Ravelry and they have two categories under dpns (in all sizes): sock and std. I always thought a dpn was a dpn :shrug: Anyone know what the difference is? I'm not so picky that it really matters to me in adding in my needles, but now I am curious :??

redwitch 09-01-2007 12:26 AM

Well I guess it could be thickness, as socks are less commonly knitted on thicker needles, but I would guess that sock DPNs are a different length, in American standard terminology, than 'standard' DPNs? Maybe a bit shorter? With the many many different lengths DPNs come in I do think that it's a bit pointless... or difficult.
Like maybe hat size, just slightly longer than sock, is the 'standard' in US language?

chrislt8 09-01-2007 12:29 AM

Thanks for the input Redwitch. That could be it. Just the first time I ever saw those terms applied to dpns. I tried googling but didn't come up with anything...I hate mysteries :roflhard:

Lady Violet 09-01-2007 12:32 AM

knitpicks has a set of dpns just for socks. they're 6" long instead of 7" or 8".
yep, it's on my list, too. :teehee:

auburnchick 09-01-2007 06:49 AM

I really like the shorter length for knitting socks. It's nice that we have the choice.

Vendie 09-01-2007 05:23 PM

yeah, sock dpns are typically shorter than regular dpns. you sometimes see them even about 4" long. I just grab whatever size I need and never even pay attention to the length. :shrug:

chrislt8 09-01-2007 06:02 PM

Well, thanks everyone for clearing that up! I never really paid attention to the length either - just the size. Now I'm "in the know" :)

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