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Old 11-27-2005, 09:18 AM   #1
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DPNs...am I the only one?
I'm just learning how to knit with DPNs, and I think I'm finally getting the hang of it, except that twice I've had to frog because I keep picking up my work after a break and start knitting with two of the three needles in the triangle...completely forgetting to pick up the fourth needle and knit onto it! Am I the only person who does this? It's like my mind goes into autopilot and I think I'm knitting with two regular needles!
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Old 11-27-2005, 09:30 AM   #2
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lol i only have this problem when i start a project on DPNs....probably because if i have decreased to a point where i am on DPNs i don't stop so i don't have that time to forget what i am doing....but yes, i have done it too and then been puzzled because it just doesn't seem to be working right!
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Old 11-27-2005, 10:02 AM   #3
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Heh, yes, I've done it It is really easy to do.

I've also gone "backwards" and ended up with purl stitches on the outside...
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The first project with dpns is a bit confusing. I felt like the needles were out of control! It gets easier.
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Thanks for all the encouraging words! One other thing I've learned is that using the double cast-on is a must when using DPNs. I was trying to divide single cast-on stitches between needles, with unhappy results (stitches just sorta went *poof*). I had never done the double cast-on before because it looked too complicated . Well, it's not!
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the encouraging words! One other thing I've learned is that using the double cast-on is a must when using DPNs. I was trying to divide single cast-on stitches between needles, with unhappy results (stitches just sorta went *poof*). I had never done the double cast-on before because it looked too complicated . Well, it's not!
OMG, I cannot image not doing the long-tail cast-on on dpns. I think I'd go insane!
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I will have to say that I have done that as well but I have gone to the magic loop and I love it .. soo maybe if you don't get the dpn's you can go to the magic loop... it is EASY and fun.. well good luck on all
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Originally Posted by Angelia
Originally Posted by crazycatlady
Thanks for all the encouraging words! One other thing I've learned is that using the double cast-on is a must when using DPNs. I was trying to divide single cast-on stitches between needles, with unhappy results (stitches just sorta went *poof*). I had never done the double cast-on before because it looked too complicated . Well, it's not!
OMG, I cannot image not doing the long-tail cast-on on dpns. I think I'd go insane!
What IS the long-tail (or double, for that matter :P) cast-on? I love DPNs and use them for everything I can, but I always just do the plain old regular cast on. I cast on each needle, though, instead of all on one needle and then slipping them.
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Cate,

The double and single cast on are described here:

http://www.wonderful-things.com/newknit1a.htm

I learned both from the "Stitch N Bitch" book, though. :-) The Stitch N Bitch book has nice detailed diagrams. With the double cast-on, both "tails" end up on one side which is extremely helpful if you slip off stitches to DPNs. As I found. :-)
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Old 11-27-2005, 05:42 PM   #10
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What IS the long-tail (or double, for that matter :P) cast-on? I love DPNs and use them for everything I can, but I always just do the plain old regular cast on. I cast on each needle, though, instead of all on one needle and then slipping them.
Here's Amy's demonstration of the long-tail cast-on:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting...ques/index.php

I use it for practically everything!
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