I find that having four needles with stitches and working with the fifth one has too many needles fumbling around with, but each person tends to have a little bit of different technique that works the best for them.
I think the most important thing to do is TRY all kinds of different things, and see what works best and what you like the best. I developed some biases really early (magic loop over dpns, metal over bamboo, English over continental etc.) and have found that some, though not all, of my early biases have been really turned around once I gave different methods a real fair chance. So just get some dpns and see what works best for you! They're all good techniques to learn :D
Have fun, and good luck!!!
"An excellent woman, who can find? She is far more precious than jewels . . . She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." - Proverbs 31:10;13
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