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Old 03-02-2006, 08:20 AM   #11
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I just figured out how to use dpn's, after months of avoiding them because the first time I tried, it was a mess!! My tips: use larger sized dpn's- at least size 8, use thicker yarn, sit at a table so you can rest the needles on that instead of having them dangle in the air and get tangled up. Also, if you can have someone cast on for you and do a couple of rounds for you, you can get the hang of it easier. It wasn't easy for me at first, but I just kept on going- even though the first few rounds were a mess. Good luck!
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:52 AM   #12
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Hey Margie!! You know, I thought you already knew how to use dpns!

The larger needles/thick yarn idea is good. I started out using worsted weight yarn and, I think, size 4 dpns (the biggest I could find at the time). I've since used smaller dpns and fingering weight yarn. NEVER AGAIN!
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:58 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Angelia
Hey Margie!! You know, I thought you already knew how to use dpns!

The larger needles/thick yarn idea is good. I started out using worsted weight yarn and, I think, size 4 dpns (the biggest I could find at the time). I've since used smaller dpns and fingering weight yarn. NEVER AGAIN!
Nope- the felted fish that I made was the first time I've used dpns. I was afraid of them!!
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Old 03-02-2006, 09:01 AM   #14
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Wow!! Well, I still wuvs you!

The felted fish is adorable! Where'd you get the pattern? I forget...
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Old 03-02-2006, 08:15 PM   #15
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Wow. I have two projects on DPNs right now, a sock and a teenie preemie hat, on sizes 2 and 1 dpns respectively. I love them. I like knitting circular, too, but I really like my dpns, and I want to get more. I have to knit continental with them, though, or use moleskin, because otherwise my fingertips hurt, but when I knit continental I don't have any problems at all.

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Old 03-02-2006, 08:50 PM   #16
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Personally, I love dpns! I'd take them over circular needles anyday.

When you first get started though, it's a bit OMG NEEDLES EVERYWHERE! but then you knit a few rounds and the knitting holds the needles in place and you get used to keeping the other ones out of the way of the ones you're actively knitting with. My advice is just to stick with it. It's all about muscle memory so you've just got to do it until your fingers know what they're doing.
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Old 03-02-2006, 09:26 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by sogrammatical
Personally, I love dpns! I'd take them over circular needles anyday.
OMG I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!! I them! YAY! I'm not the only dpn lover!!


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Old 03-02-2006, 09:33 PM   #18
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Okay... I won't go so far as to say I LOVE them, I'm not even sure I like them yet, BUT I did learn how to use them today! Check my blog to see the saga on the last page.
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I tried dpns officially for the first time recently--fingering weight yarn and size 3 dpns...I was making a hat for the compassionate knitting project. It came out great and I do like working with them but at first I was a little freaked out...it was like my heart was racing...After you get going, it get's easier--I find that the first couple of rows are the most difficult. Just stick with it!
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Old 03-02-2006, 09:39 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by sogrammatical
Personally, I love dpns! I'd take them over circular needles anyday.
Meeeee too!
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