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Old 01-06-2007, 02:49 PM   #1
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first knitting group are mittens on dpns considered newbie?
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Old 01-06-2007, 02:57 PM   #2
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Whacha need help with? If you don't know how to use dpns, look at the video on how to use them under Small Circlular Diameter Knitting here -

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Old 01-06-2007, 03:50 PM   #3
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There are those who believe starting new knitters out on dpns on a small sock project prepares them well for knitting--nothing after that seems daunting. Mittens would accomplish the same goal!

Use Amy's video if you need some dpn confidence before attending, but definitely go to the class! You can do it!!
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:20 PM   #4
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in answer to your question


I have been doing this for over a year, and I havea friend who tells me I am the best knitter she knows, and I have never done them (mittens)
I started with a scarf
then a ball
then a exploration of knitting principals project we will not get into (but you can search for if you need)

knit stitch first
then Purl, then maybe a KFB or YO
or even a K1P1K1P1 pattern
each step you learn then get good at
just like dancing at carnegy hall
practice practice practice
Practice each step
Socks or mittens are a LOT to do all at once

tell me to go stuff myself if you want to
if you CAN do mittens I take my hat off to you (as soon as I get done knitting it)

no matter what let it be FUN

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Old 01-07-2007, 12:07 AM   #5
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Don't be scared, you can do it... and so what if they turn out a bit 'iffy'. It's your first learning pair of mittens, and your second will look better, the third fantastic.

Remember, they are only sticks and strings, and we have opposable thumbs for a reason!

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Old 01-07-2007, 12:28 AM   #6
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I agree with Dee, my first knitting instructor beleived that if you love the yarn and the pattern you can do anything. My first sweater was a cable raglan sleeved, I still love that sweater and it was over 10 years ago!

She also didn't beleive in knitting for others, they don't appreciate the time and effort put into a garment.

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Old 01-07-2007, 08:34 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by twinmom
She also didn't beleive in knitting for others, they don't appreciate the time and effort put into a garment.
I'd have to agree with that after the reception my knitted gifts got from my son's in-laws....

As for knitting the mittens, as my my friend who's a new knitter would say, "How hard can it be?" If you have someone showing you step by step, I'd say throw caution to the wind and just do it!

(How's that for more cliches than one can shake a stick at? )
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Old 01-07-2007, 07:16 PM   #8
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Hi there,

I'm always willing to throw caution (and alot of other things) to the wind; however, please be careful when throwing double pointed needles!

I'm still in the doghouse with my hubby, who almost ended up at the A&E and I'm definitely still not flavour of the month with my cat, Hat, who nearly got harpooned snoozing on the rug.

If you're going to be where there could be a few needles flying about, then be sure to wear a heavy, padded coat and a crash helmet.

All the best


I'm still not totally comfortable with dpns but I've been dragooned into the local darts team - it's amazing how those little javelins have improved my social life.
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Old 01-07-2007, 07:23 PM   #9
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The very first project my local yarn shop teacher had me do was a hat on DPN's after she taught me to knit about ten rows on regular needles.
I didn't know any better so I did it. LOL.
They were big chunky ones though.
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I started hand knitting (10/01/2005) and got my embroidery machine for Christmas 2005. I had 2 Bond Incredible Sweater Machines given to me in Feb. of 2007 that I'm really enjoying.
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:42 PM   #10
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I did a pair of gloves as one of my first projects - The pattern said double pointed needles, so I bought a set of dpns and sat down to figure them out. If its your very very first project, I would say get help... and help is always welcome to show you the correct way to join in the round and keep you straight on not accidentally adding stitches, and such... but dpns aren't nearly as scary as a lot of people think they are. Just don't get spooked by the fact that there are four or five of them (I prefer sets of five, but I started with four); if you a couple of stitches off your resting needles; if you find that you have mysterious extra stitches, and so on. Basically, knitting is far easier if you just ignore the fact that you don't know how to do something, and simply go for it. good luck!
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