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Old 03-28-2011, 07:16 PM   #1
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DPN or Circular -- Does it matter?
I bought a set of DPN, but got four instead of five in the pack. Pattern instructions call for using DPN with stitches on four needles, so obviously the fifth needle is needed. Grr!

The pattern also says to change to circular as my project grows (blanket).

My question is can I just go ahead and start with circular needles?


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Old 03-28-2011, 08:37 PM   #2
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It does not matter if you have 4 or 5 dpns. Traditionally you will get 5 if you buy very small size sock needle dpns (it makes it just a bit easier to work the smaller diameter sock), but you can use just 4 too.

Simply divide the total number of stitches by 3 (rather than 4) and cast that many stitches onto 3 of your dpns. Then use the 4th to start knitting.

By all means you can start with the circular needle and use the "magic loop" method. Just make sure your circular has a flexible cord.
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It doesn't matter how many needles you use to knit in the round - 1 (long circular doing magic loop), 2 (2 circs), or 3 4 or 5 dpns. They all work fine. To start in the round I'd suggest putting your sts on 2 dpns and using a 3rd one to knit with. That's about the easiest way to begin. Or you can use the circ, pushing the sts to both ends (half and half) and either ML, or use one of the dpns to get started.
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If I'm going to use DPN I always use 4. I almost always use Magic Loop now on one long circular..usually a 40". You can use shorter, but I prefer longer.

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