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Old 11-16-2012, 06:54 PM   #11
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Working a hat on circular needles and then switching to dpns as Jan suggested is a good way to learn to work with dpns. At least you have a good knit base from which to work and the dpns aren't flying off on their own. Even a project done solely with dpns is easier to start if you knit back and forth for a few rows and then switch to dpns and knit in the round.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:10 PM   #12
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OK, thanks for all the replies! Are these circ needles good enough to start with: Clover Bamboo 16'' Circular Knitting Needle at Joanne's. I have Hobby Lobby and Michaels nearby too.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:24 PM   #13
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I like the Clovers, so go ahead with them. I think they may be on sale at Joann's this week, or you can use a coupon for them if they're not.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:00 PM   #14
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They would be fine for the hat. I started with them and they weren't super flexible, but for a 16" on a hat it wouldn't be a problem. Your DPN should be about the same needle size when decreasing the top of the hat.

I've also got interchangeables now btw. When you're ready to go that way some sets have a trial set.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:53 AM   #15
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Whichever you choose, double points or circulars, there's one thing that a beginner should know. Every time you switch from one needle to the other, be sure the yarn is positioned BETWEEN the two needles or coming from the inside of the tube. This will prevent you from getting an unwanted yarn over. I couldn't for the life of me understand why I was always getting an extra stitch at the end. I was positioning the yarn behind the back needle instead of from the inside. There are tons of Youtube and other instructional videos out there on knitting in the round, but not one of them shows you that. I had to figure it out for myself.
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