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The.Knitter 10-26-2007 05:26 PM

Cute stocking stuffer idea!

This looks like a really cute stocking stuffer idea for "people on the go".

I have never tried dpn's but this might force me to. I wonder if you could make it with circular needles instead. Does anyone know? I really would love one of these in my purse for when I am travelling back and forth to the cottage in the summer.

Wish me luck!

iwouldratherbeknitting 10-27-2007 11:07 AM

Double pointed needles aren't that hard.. the first two rows do feel like you are wrestling w/ an octopus.. but, after that things fall right into place. I find using 5 needles to be easier than 4.. things rest in a circle better for me then.
I'm sure that circulars would work- the only problem would be.. do you have a tiny/short circular? Since, you wouldn't be using a lot of stitches.. you'd have a hard time making just one circular work. :D

YOU could also just knit it back and forth and sew it up. Just cast on an extra stitch or two to make up for the lost s titch from seaming it together?

remclave 10-27-2007 11:51 AM

Actually, nearly any size circular will work if you use the magic loop technique

feministmama 10-27-2007 12:11 PM

When folks in my stitch n Bitch want to learn dbl points or knitting in the round I usually give them this project as a beginner project. I give them size 5 or 6 and some dk weight yarn. Tell them to cast on 36 stitches (12 stitches per needle) show them different joins and then do 5 rows of ribbing, 10 rows stockinette 5 rows ribbing and bind off. Voila! Go for it!:thumbsup:

steven907 10-28-2007 12:24 AM

I LOVE these kinds of patterns! I have a whole collection of "stocking stuffer" type patterns. I can't begin to tell you how many ornaments, cat toys, etc. I've got lying about! At any rate, I can't wait to knit this beauty up! It'll come in handy getting my coffee at the deli every morning. Now I won't burn my hands all the way up to my office!

I agree with Remclave, try the Magic Loop method. It's really simple and works for me every time for small diameter rounds.


Quiltlady 10-28-2007 04:11 AM

Here's what I do...
Most times when I'm using dpn's I cast on then I follow the pattern for a row or two THEN I divide the stitches up on the dpn's. I find it much easier to manage after a few rows are done. It "works" for me.:cheering:

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