I have used the 12" circs for hats and now trying for sleeves. I like it just fine. Maybe the stitches were tight because you were nervous. Try again. Maybe it will be better now that you are a bit less anxious over it.
I've used 12" circs, and once you get used to them, they're fine. You're knitting may have been tight just because gauge is often tighter for circs.
Being able to use dpns is a good skill to have, though, and once you get them going they're easy.
I'd think that socks on even 12" circs would be awfully wide, but I have no experience with this--just a thought.
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I like DPN's and circs about the same for socks. I've never really noticed a problem with tension when using 2 circs though. One nice thing about the circs is that it makes it a lot harder for a needle to slip out (which sometimes happens with dpn's)
I'm one of those rare creatures that loves dpn's! They do take some getting used to, but once you get used to handling all those needles at once (which in actuality you are still only handling 2 needles at once, you just have to figure out where to put those other two needles around your fingers). I just wish they would make dpn's a bit longer. Sometimes when doing hats I could use an extra inch or so on each needle. It also really impresses people when you are knitting on 4 or 5 needles. "Wow, she must really be a good knitter, look at all those needles!"
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Oh, please don't get me wrong...I, too LOVE LOVE my dpns !! I just want to learn different ways to construct socks, I bet dpns will remain my fave as far as sock knitting goes. I like knitting in the round any way it's done, I think :D
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