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Duessa 09-06-2008 01:24 AM

Knitting on DPNs!!!

Why is this so HARD!!! GRR!! I've only knitted one row of 55 stitches in 2x2 ribbing and I'm :hair: ! Am I doing something wrong? Does it just take practice? Or will I just always be knitting at one 1/3 the usual pace when I use these?

Jan in CA 09-06-2008 01:45 AM

Oh yeah, DPNs require practice to learn to hold them, not get ladders and not throw them across the room. :doh:

MainelyKnitting 09-06-2008 05:44 AM

Yeah, it takes some practice. Ten years ago when I first learned to knit on dpn's, almost gave up - but I'm so glad I didn't. Now, I'd rather knit in the round on dpn's than anything else - really!

That being said, the first few rows are the hardest, especially when you're first learning. But, as you continue to knit and get some work on the needles (3 rounds or so), it's much easier to hold onto and to work with.

Also, as far as speed, now that I do it all the time I can knit faster on dpn's, than any other way. For instance, I made 3 mittens yesterday in between doing housework, etc. It really does fly along when you get in practice. Of course when I first started, my first sock took me 2 weeks, lol!!

The lady that taught me to knit on dpn's... wow, I remember thinking that I'd never be able to knit like she did, it all seemed so fast. I think she'd be hard pressed to beat me in a speed knitting competition now.

Hang in there - it DOES get easier - I promise! :X: (now if someone could come up with a smilie with dpn's, we'd be all set, lol)

brittyknits 09-06-2008 07:41 AM

A couple of hints for DPNs. . .

1. Cast onto a straight needle, being sure to leave a tail about a foot long, and then knit the first 6 rows flat. THEN transfer them to the DPNs and join. You'll have enough fabric started to manage what you're doing better. You will get a little split at the join, but when you're through, go back and sew up that little seam.

2. To keep track of where the beginning of the rounds are, put a safety pin in the fabric between those 2 needles.

3. Think of DPNs as a circular, broken into pieces.

4. The "porcupine" thing with the needles does get much, much easier with practise. Just do it for a few minutes every day, and you'll get really good at it!

MAmaDawn 09-06-2008 08:12 AM

Yup, just take time and practice... keep at it... it's worth it!

sue in canada 09-06-2008 08:12 AM

The first couple of rows are always the hardest. Once you are past that stage, it will get easier for you. Good Luck.

rachael72knitter 09-06-2008 09:28 AM

When you knit the first row, you don't have them joined yet, so all your needles are trying to move around on you like a wet noodle and poke out in all places. Once you join though, they stay together and it is much easier. You just have to have patience through those first couple of rounds and then you'll be fine, and once you get more knitted, it's even easier.

Just be sure to pull your sts tight when you get to the end of those dpn's so that you don't have gaps. For that first st from one to the other, I hold those two dpns close to eachother to prevent a loose st and gap, then after I stitch it, I pull nice and snug.

Hang in there- once you get going you will be fine.

DorothyDot 09-06-2008 10:19 AM

Yep, everyone is right. Practice does make it easier - sooner or later. Like playing a musical instrument.

Perhaps it'll help to think of it like this: You are creating new pathways in your brain. At first the going is rough, full of grass and weeds. But the more you travel that pathway, the fewer grasses and weeds become. Finally, that brain-pathway will be worn clear of obstacles and you will be able to zone out onto automatic when you travel along that k2-p2 pathway.

The path between two friends never grows green. K2-p2 [sounds like something out of Star Wars!] is a very helpful friend - makes terrific scarves!

Keep at it. Your brain will accept that new pathway. Just don't quit.


suzeeq 09-06-2008 10:37 AM

Yep, it goes slower on the first row or three even after you know how to work with them, but after you get used to them it won't be so bad.

KnittinMitchie 09-06-2008 11:33 AM

Hang in there it will get easier. :) DPNs still drive me crazy and trying to manage them is rough in the first few rows. but practice does make perfect in this case :)

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