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Old 03-01-2006, 07:53 PM   #1
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Okay, so I FINALLY got the courage to try my hands at DPNs early this morning. The debacle lasted all of five minutes...the whole time I'm thinking "What kind of sicko came up with this idea?!?"
Sooo, any tips from the experts?
BTW, I have 10 fingers (5 on each hand). Is that enough???
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Old 03-01-2006, 07:56 PM   #2
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I'm sorry, I couldn't help but laugh! I had the same problem so now I use magic loop (Amy has a video). One of these days maybe I'll learn it properly.
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Old 03-01-2006, 07:58 PM   #3
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I just finished my first pair of socks on dpns....it was awkward at first to say the least but it gets much, much better. Have you seen Silver's sock tutorial? It might help you get started.
http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/So..._Beginning.htm
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Old 03-01-2006, 10:59 PM   #4
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the trick to DPN is remembering which is the next stitch
keep going in the right direction and you will be fine
count from each Needle start as if they were rings/markers
those are my Hints

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Old 03-01-2006, 11:05 PM   #5
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A good way to use dpns for the first time is to finish a hat with them. The knitting is already well established and stable. You can get the hang of holding the needles in a way that works for you without worrying about how floppy they are in the beginning.
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:13 PM   #6
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Yep, finish a hat with them first. I did not do that when I first used them--but I definitely would have been better off if I had.

If that's not an option, try knitting the first few rounds with the needles resting in your lap or on a table; that also stabilizes the needles and keeps them from flopping everywhere. And remember, you're only ever working with two needles. That's easy to forget when the others keep coming at you!
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:14 PM   #7
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I just went through this! It is very, very awkward at first because the needles refuse to stay in place and it's easy to lose sight of where you're supposed to go! I sat down at the table to do it. I laid my knitting on the table in front of me, and I worked that way. Once you get so far and the stitches start holding the needles in place, there really is nothing to it. If you can just persevere and get through the first several rounds, I promise you it gets better!
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:20 PM   #8
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I think I must be totally weird...I learned to use DPNs to knit a hat (and I've still never bothered to knit one on a circular) before I even learned to purl. It was rollbrim, with no pattern, so all I needed was knit and k2tog.
I wish I could remember how I learned to use them so I could be helpful. Just keep at it, I guess!
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Old 03-01-2006, 11:29 PM   #9
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You're not weird--you're brave! Just attack the knitting, Cate: "Beginner? Intermediate? Advanced? I mock you all!"
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Thanks everyone!! You guys are always full of good advice!! :XX:
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