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Andres 07-11-2008 05:50 PM

Do you prefer DPNs or circular needles when circular knitting?
 
I've never tried it before (DPNs), but it seems to be easier...



What do you think?



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cdjack 07-11-2008 06:11 PM

If possible, I always go for circulars. I hate dpns, unless I use them just to finish up a hat or something.

knitgal 07-11-2008 06:40 PM

It depends I guess. I love my DPNs for sock knitting, although I haven't tried magic loop or two circs, but I like circs for hats and garments.

Mike 07-11-2008 06:49 PM

I use circular or ML to get a base going but after that I'd rather switch to DPNs if the item fits.

mwhite 07-11-2008 06:49 PM

I'm with Knitgal, love the DPNs...then I switch to circulars if the piece is large enough. It takes getting past the "Unruly Hedgehog" stage and somehow your hands and the needles become friends and it works out.

newamy 07-11-2008 07:13 PM

For small thinks I like DPN's. I've tried magic loop a couple of times and just don't like it.
For larger garments like a sweater body or a hat I use a circular. On a hat I move it on to DPN's when necessary.

jheatherley 07-11-2008 07:48 PM

I've never liked double points, and managed to escape them forever the day I discovered magic loop.

Jaxhil 07-11-2008 09:45 PM

I like DPNs for small things, too~sleeves, fingerless gloves, socks (the very few I've done) and circs for larger items, such as hats and sweaters and bags.

I'm trying to learn magic loop for socks (2 at a time) but haven't quite managed it yet. :wink: I'm not giving up though!

gargoylelib 07-12-2008 02:15 AM

I learned first with dpn's then moved to magic loop and finally to
2 circs for small diameter knitting. I tend to grab 2 circs these days
because it's the way I like best :) It's also useful because I have
a 3 year old who likes to flop in my lap at any given time and dpn's
are just to dangerous for that!

I would suggest learning all 3 methods and finding which one you
like best. I find it useful knowing them all though because at different
times with different projects I have found each one to be useful :)

Libbie :)

Limey 07-12-2008 04:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gargoylelib (Post 1128413)
I learned first with dpn's then moved to magic loop and finally to
2 circs for small diameter knitting. I tend to grab 2 circs these days
because it's the way I like best :) It's also useful because I have
a 3 year old who likes to flop in my lap at any given time and dpn's
are just to dangerous for that!

I would suggest learning all 3 methods and finding which one you
like best. I find it useful knowing them all though because at different
times with different projects I have found each one to be useful :)

Libbie :)

Hi

Think you hit the nail on the head there, Libbie.

I like Magic Loop for baby hats but preferred using two circs when I was finishing the rib of a cardigan, with the sleeve knitted top down.

DPNs are great for eliminating any ladders because it's so easy to rotate the stitches but I can knit faster with 'Loop and two circs.

My black lab and three cats definitely prefer Magic Loop (can't imagine why:teehee:)

Best Wishes

Ellie


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