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Old 12-04-2006, 02:15 PM   #1
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How to prevent ladders on socks with dpns
I'm almost finished with my first sock on dpn. I have some ladders in the stitches, what is the best way to prevent this?

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Old 12-04-2006, 02:34 PM   #2
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Making sure the first and second stitches on each needle are tight helps. It also helps of the first stitch is a knit and not a purl. If it's a purl rearrange the stitches so there is a knit as the first stitch. (I just had to do that myself) Another thing I do is after I knit for a half inch or so I move two stitches over on each needle so the join is in a different place.
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Old 12-04-2006, 04:05 PM   #3
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I do pretty much the same thing you do, Jan, to avoid the ladders. The only difference is that I drop the empty needle and keep knitting with the needle I am currently using for two or three stitches, then pick up the empty needle and start again. It has the same effect though--no ladders!
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I've found the best way to avoid ladders is to use 2 circular needles instead of dpns. With circs you can tighten the yarn on the cable which is narrower than the needle. Then even if you use a little additional yarn when you switch needles it evens out.
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Old 12-04-2006, 08:14 PM   #5
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I use Angelia's method mostly... never tried two circs because I like the dpns well enough myself.
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Putting the stitches on 4 double pointed needles and knitting with the fifth helps too!
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Originally Posted by Angelia
I do pretty much the same thing you do, Jan, to avoid the ladders. The only difference is that I drop the empty needle and keep knitting with the needle I am currently using for two or three stitches, then pick up the empty needle and start again. It has the same effect though--no ladders!
Thanks for that! That is so much easier!!
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:30 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
Originally Posted by Angelia
I do pretty much the same thing you do, Jan, to avoid the ladders. The only difference is that I drop the empty needle and keep knitting with the needle I am currently using for two or three stitches, then pick up the empty needle and start again. It has the same effect though--no ladders!
Thanks for that! That is so much easier!!
I like that idea. I was just knitting the first 3sts tighter to avoid a ladder but I was wondering with your method do you still knit the first 2 stitches tighter or just knit regular and then slip them onto the fourth needle?
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