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Old 03-24-2006, 01:25 PM   #1
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Gah! I am trying to make these Easter Eggs and I'm struggling with the DPNs. I can use them just fine to finish a hat, but starting the row is insane. The needles get all goofy and then I can't tell which one goes where! The only DPNs I have are metal or plastic. Would it help if they were bamboo?
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Old 03-24-2006, 01:29 PM   #2
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I prefer bamboo because they don't slide off. Several people said that if you rest the needles on a table to get you started in the first few rows it makes it easier to control them.
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Old 03-24-2006, 01:48 PM   #3
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I'm going to Joanns today so I'll look for some bamboo needles. I'll aslo try laying them on a table. Thanks Ingrid.
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Old 03-24-2006, 02:04 PM   #4
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I like to knit the first row flat. That way there's more "meat" on the needles to try and keep it from twisting up on you.
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Originally Posted by nicolethegeek
I like to knit the first row flat. That way there's more "meat" on the needles to try and keep it from twisting up on you.
Another good idea! Thanks!
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Old 03-24-2006, 02:34 PM   #6
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I struggled trying to knit socks on aluminum DPNs. I got so frustrated. Then someone from this forum suggested the bamboo, and it was the best investment I made. I love using my DPNs now. I cant wait to start another project using them.
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That's good to know, Tammy! Thanks!
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When I am starting with my DPN I split evenly between 2 needles
then it is obvious which is the right needle to knit on first, the counting is a bit different and you need to be on top of that, but you can split it correctly after 2 rows, and then continue as Normal

If the second row has increases or decreases then you will have to count them out (like *K2 Inc* for the start of a ball) and the Numbers might be odd until you split it back out to 3 needles

that helps me not twist things

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For the first 3 or so rows on dpns, I swing the cast on edge to the inside on all three needles. I find that helps me not twist my cast on row or the first few till my pattern is established.
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Problem solved. I am using bamboo dpn's and knitting one row straight and then joining. It makes no difference for this project and is helping me get used to them.
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