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Old 03-14-2008, 01:17 PM   #1
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your favorite sock needles?
Hi, I want to start knitting socks. Please recommend good sock needles. Thanks!
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:47 PM   #2
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I use Knit Picks Options on fixed cables and do Magic Loop. I've used DPNs and just hate the fiddly-ness of them.
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:57 PM   #3
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...and I'm the opposite of Jenny. I tried ML once and hated it. I love doing socks (or anything small in the round) on bamboo DPNs. I might try some addi DPNs soon, though. I knit pretty tight. It's pretty much just personal preference.
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:13 PM   #4
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I prefer the 2 circulars method myself, using knitpicks fixed circs. I couldn't get the hang of the DPNs.
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:38 PM   #5
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I use bamboo DPNs and they work great for me.

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Old 03-14-2008, 02:44 PM   #6
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I love my Harmony wood needles from Knit Picks. I have sizes 3 and 6 and I love them and WILL be buying more for sure.

I also love aluminum needles. Especially if you knit tightly.

I love bamboo as well and have many sizes of them. I just have to remind myself not to knit so tightly.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:12 PM   #7
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I myself am using knitpicks Options circular needle and the Magic loop(ML) method.

I have received lot of great help here. Below is a link to a thread with many helpful links.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:47 PM   #8
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Knit Picks metal DPNs.
I don't think fidgeting with pulling a long loop would be for me, I don't even like pushing the extra length of DPNs through.

I tried Boye DPNs (craptastic anodizing scratched up and made working with them difficult) and Susan Bates (very rounded tips, easy to get used to but impossible-hard to get into a tight decrease).

Knit Picks seems to have a solid plating, the nickel plating is very smooth and the sharp points are harder to get used to but work very well (I was just using my Options in a darkened room with no problem and I've only had the DPNs a week so it didn't take long for me to get used to the sharp points).

As you may have noticed, DPNs vs circular and metal vs wood are very personal choices.
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Old 03-14-2008, 04:16 PM   #9
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KP nickel plated sock dpns. THE BEST!

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Old 03-14-2008, 06:12 PM   #10
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I like metal sock needles (DPNs specifically), but if you're just starting out with socks, you might like bamboo DPNs as they hold your stitches better. One of my biggest problems when I started knitting socks was that the stitches kept sliding off of the metal needles.

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