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Old 07-04-2008, 11:35 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Knitting_Guy View Post
... but it wouldn't hurt to try them.
agreed. Good to try it all and see what you like best.

Besides, it's kind of neat when you KIP and people watch you knit an item with all those needles.
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Old 07-04-2008, 11:50 PM   #12
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I'd definitely give them a try. I was soo intimidated by them for so long and once I finally decided to go ahead and make a pair of socks, I just LOVE using them.

Even if not right away, you should try them at some point just to see how you like them.
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Thanks everyone for your views and replies. I think I'm going to start out learning the magic loop. I found a special beginner sock pattern that teaches you how to work the magic loop with the pattern. From there I'll see what I think. It may be a disaster, but we'll see.
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:56 AM   #14
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In all my exerience...hahaha On the two socks I have made. One was with dpn's and one was with ML. To tell the truth I think I like the dpns better seemed like it was more organized for me when learning to make a sock. >^,,^<
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:13 AM   #15
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I love dpns. That being said, I've only knit 1 sock on magic loop. It's frogged now, but not because of a problem with magic loop. The pattern just didn't work. I do like the magic loop, except for the first 5 or 6 rows. I think I'll probably do both, depending on how I feel...sometimes on dpn, sometimes magic loop.
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I've been knitting for less than a year and had never tried using DPNs or magic loop. Recently I went to a 2 hour demo class at my LYS. I was shown DPNs and magic loop and liked both. To be honest though, I think when I tackle my first sock I will do it on DPNs because I think I will understand basic sock construction better with DPNs. But as everyone has said, it is an individual choice since people learn in different ways.
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Learn D.P.Ns they are fun. you'll use it for something sometime for sure.
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My personal opinion is that DPN's are sort of a tool of the trade for knitters, and therefore, it's probably a good idea to learn how to use them.

However, I really don't care for them too much, and do my socks on 2 circs. But I did do a few small projects on dpns just so I know how.

Still...it's all a matter of personal preference and what works best for you. Some folks swear by dpns, some by circulars, and now more and more love Magic Loop---so I say, go with what works and what you enjoy.
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I've knit socks on dpn's and 2 circulars (I find magic loop too taxing) and I can honestly say that dpn's are way faster. Just make sure you get needles that are not too slippery and go with longer dpns to prevent yourself from dropping stitches between needles. Having used dpn's and seeing how fast I can knit on them, I doubted I'd ever go back to 2 circs. Having said that, I recently came across, "2-at-a-Time Socks: Revealed Inside . . . The Secret of Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle Works for any Sock Pattern" by Melissa Morgan-Oakes ( http://www.amazon.com/2-at-Time-Sock...5474436&sr=1-1 )
and I am . . . intrigued.
Anyone tried this?
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I agree with most others that you should at least try them out to see if you like them.

After all, socks are NOT the only thing that would use DPNs.
I just finished a baby sweater that was worked in one piece. The sleeves called for DPNs! Had I never used them before, the sweater would probably have been ruined (or at least not finished before the baby's 1st birthday!)....
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