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Old 08-02-2012, 12:34 PM   #11
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I like it because I don't have to switch needles when I decrease (like in a hat) and I can set it down without stitches falling off the ends of the needles. Also NO seams. I hate seams in hats, socks, anything really.

Maybe a 16" circ and then switching to DPN when you decrease would work better for you.

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Old 08-04-2012, 12:58 PM   #12
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I LOVE using dpns! It's the only method I use for socks and small diameter projects. Like Ingrid said, magic loop is just too fiddly. I don't want to deal with sliding my stitches around.

I'm a tight knitter, so I use metal dpns. Better for my arthritis. And plastic dpns are not too bad. But I can't stand bamboo or wood. They grab the yarn so much, that it kills my hands.

So, I would recommend trying different types until you find your favorite. And, be aware that different yarns will work better with different needles.
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #13
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Cute dog sweater, Katie! Have you tried to see if you can get the sweater stitches around a 16" circular? Even if it's 14" around, it will stretch. I bet you can get away with just doing the legs with DPN on that project. Definitely go with bamboo or wood for the first time DPN project if it's something with so few stitches as the legs of the dog sweater. You'd want at least 8-10 stitches on a metal needle to keep it from sliding out when you're getting the hang of DPN, more stitches if you're a loose knitter. But do try DPN, a lot of folks prefer them, including myself! Great advice on this thread from everyone, you'll be off to a good start. And having said Bamboo DPN, that's my advice to start, but as Sandy said, if you like metal needles generally, you may like them on DPN once you get the hang of them. I do my socks on simple Boye or Susan Bates metal needles.

Oh, and if you want to ease into sock DPN knitting, you might like Elizabeth Zimmerman's Moccasin Socks pattern, which has you do the cuff in the round but then the instep using flat knitting and a 16" circular. It's a great pattern in general, and uses half the DPN knitting of most socks. Even less actually, since it's in worsted weight yarn. The construction is unusual, so if you're looking for the classic sock, that's not it. Very practical and fun though!
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Old 08-04-2012, 09:39 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by sakura-panda View Post
I have made several attempts to knit in the round -- socks, hats, doggy sweaters, and round blankets. I've used Magic Loop and tried two circular needles; in either case, I don't enjoy the knitting and quickly give it up.

I'm thinking now of experimenting with double pointed needles. If you use them, what do you like about them? How do I decide what kind and size to start with? Are they hard to learn? Any helpful tips or tricks for getting started?

I want to learn how to make socks, if that helps. I think I wouldn't mind using ML with larger diameter projects, where I do not have to split the stitches in half.

In circs, I'm happily using both Addi and KP Harmony sets. I'm thinking of getting some relatively inexpensive Clover DPNs from Michaels to try out but haven't been to the store to see what kinds or choices I have.

I literally just started using DPN's about an hour ago for the 1st time and already enjoy it. I didnt mind the ML method but found that with a small amount of stitches or fine yard it wasnt ideal. Using DPN's isnt as scary as I thought now that I'm on my 3rd row and its going along great. I bought US size 3 (3.25mm) metal needles (would have preferred wood but store didnt have any) and they seem easy to handle as well long enough to hold enough stitches. So all in all I can now say Im a DPN knitter and see many more projects in my future and wish you the best in your discovery of a new technique.

P.S.-Here's the project Im working on and find it to be DPN beginner friendly
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:39 AM   #15
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Adorable sweater!

I love my Harmony wood DPN for working socks in everything but dark yarns. For that I had to go back to light wood circulars.

just to add a suggestion to the great list of them you've already gotten: if the project allows (like a brim up hat) cast all of your stitches onto a straight needle, then knit them off onto your DPN one needle at a time. It's much easier than casting onto DPN. Join at the beginning of the next round like for a jogless stripe.


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Old 08-07-2012, 10:07 AM   #16
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It was a 40" cable attached to Harmony tips. It wasn't difficult, I just didn't enjoy it and I'm not sure why. I suspect that is the reason I haven't started the second sweater yet.
I don't enjoy magic loop either. I do not like the constant pulling of the the cable to get it in position. I prefer double points because you just keep knitting. I find the Harmony DP needles work well for me. I also found 6" are better for me than 4" or even 5". A friend of mine just loves the 4".
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Unintended benefit of DPNs...
I find when I knit with DPNs on the bus I always get a seat to myself!
Unless it's another knitter, in which case the company is usually welcome.
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