Hi Jan! Yeah, with dpns you definitely need to JUMP IN and KEEP TRYING. It's always hardest the first couple of rows then the knitting holds it all together more. And be sure not to knit too tight as with all knitting.... I always knit my socks on 4 (5) needles because there's less stretching, and also they will collapse like so you sort of have the two needles on each side lining up.... hard to describe but you'll see it if you try it.
making sense here!? good luck, relax and don't give up!