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Old 05-27-2010, 11:05 AM   #1
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DPN Adventure
Ok, a bit of the past, for your understanding.
I did knit a hat with ears. And hair. Some time ago.

Then I told my roommate that I did it for him, he was excited and was like wow, then I told him it was a joke.
Then he refused to accept it at any cost. I said I could knit him one if he wanted, and after saying (more than once) that it doesn't take long, he accepted. Then we agreed on color, he even wanted the ears and the hair!! (I can't understand this. It was meant to be a comical thing.... anyway, he wants ears and hair on his hat...)

So. I sent my DH yarn-hunting. Unfortunately, he's not as good as he could be
So I went yarn shopping myself, and bought some nice yarns for the hat.

I would knit it on US 11, even though the yarn says to knit on bigger needles, but I'm a loose knitter, and I don't want it to be too loose. After all, it's supposed to keep your head warm.

So I went to my yarn shop today (I missed the train on purpose, so I had 1 hour). And bought one Gedifra Riana Big Color, in violet. For the border. I already had other yarn for the main body.

I also bought DPN's, US 11. (8 mm)
Because they didn't have circs in that size, and because my 8 mm circs are in Belgium, and I won't be back before a moment.

Those are my first DPNs!!!

The lady there looked up the average cast on size for a hat, and she asked me how much that was divided by 4, for 4 needles.
I saw 5 needles. But I thought she just saw 4.

Until I did cast on and knitted the first row. I had twice as many stitches on one needle. Bad.
Then I understood what she meant, when she said "4 needles".
I had to reposition the stitches on 4 needles. Not so easy. (Given my GREAT mental arithmetic power.... )
But it seemed not logical to me. Anyway. My logic and me.

Then, I knitted. And I thought I had twisted stitches. Damn. Actually, they were not twisted, I just had to reposition the needles correctly in a rather complex manner. But I succeeded. No twisted stitches.

Then I did have some twisted stitches. I unknitted them and redid them the correct way. Now I'm a few rows into it, and it looks good.

From time to time, some needles get into the way of knitting, and I still fear the my stitches to fall off, but it's going well. So far. Wish me luck.

What are your experiences with DPNs?
The ways of Yarn are inscrutable.

I'm NOT a "miss", I'm a lady!
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