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Old 01-02-2011, 10:25 PM   #1
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How many DPNS??
Working a pattern for a small toy giraffe.
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http://www.christinelandry.com/?cat=8

says to cast on 8...so if it is to be round I would have to use 5 needles? 4 to hold the stitches and one to work with?? So there would be two stitches on each needle?
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:53 PM   #2
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It's going to be awkward because it's so small. You can use whichever you feel more comfortable with. I prefer 4 needles...3 to hold the stitches and 1 to knit with.

BTW..thanks for the link! It's an adorable giraffe!
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:55 PM   #3
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Yeah, you'll just put them on 4 needles. It says that you need to co 8 sts, so you'll just put slip 2 sts onto 4 needles, and then knit with the 5th needle. Hope this helps!!
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Old 01-02-2011, 11:36 PM   #4
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That's how you should do it, but having only 2 sts on each of 4 needles is really hard to get started. I suggest putting 4 sts on 2 needles and use a 3rd to knit with for a few rounds. After you've increased several sts and have some rounds knit, then you can add the other needles and rearrange the sts the way they should be.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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Hm maybe I should start with something easier. This is my first time with dpns. Any good starter projects? Maybe a different easier giraffe?
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I found it easier to learn DPNs by starting with a hat. I knit the bottom part with a 16" circular needle and then transferred the stitches to the DPN for the top of the hat.
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This is a very simple hat pattern. It's pretty much just a series of knits and purls. Othen than that, there's k2tog. If you don't know how to do that stitch, it can be found under the videos section here on knittinghelp. Hope this helps! And of course if you have any more questions, feel free to ask.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hat-shaped-hat
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:13 PM   #8
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This coffee cozy was my first dpn project. Pretty easy for beginners. (just watch your decreases in ribbing so it looks neat).
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