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Old 01-22-2007, 12:45 PM   #1
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Switching to DPNs
I am knitting a basic hat using US 10.5 16in circs. It's time to start decreasing (my first time!!!) so do I HAVE to switch to DPNs cause I am scared to death of them.


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Old 01-22-2007, 12:53 PM   #2
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You have to switch to some form of small diameter circular knitting. There are 3 options. You could use dpns, magic loop knitting (if you have a circular needle that's long enough, I prefer 40" length for magic loop) or using 2 circs. You can find videos for all 3 methods here.
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Old 01-22-2007, 12:55 PM   #3
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i think it is the best way to learn how to use DPNs...the work is already established so it isn't quite as unruly. Just don't get DPNs that are crazy long. 7-8 inches is a good number.

That being said, i almost never use DPNs for circular knitting anymore. i love me some two circ knitting so that's what I use.
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Old 01-22-2007, 01:01 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by brendajos
i think it is the best way to learn how to use DPNs...the work is already established so it isn't quite as unruly. Just don't get DPNs that are crazy long. 7-8 inches is a good number.
They are? That's sorta long.

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Old 01-22-2007, 01:10 PM   #5
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well i find the 4-5 inch ones are too short to hold a decent number of stitches. I suppose it is all about preference though isn't it?
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Six inches ought to be about right then.

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Old 01-22-2007, 01:33 PM   #7
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I tend to work with 7" dpns... I like them the best.. its just what you are more comfy with.. now I bought size 9s dpns that are 10" and I need to replace those..

Don't be scared of DPNs they are not hard to use at all just takes practice and finding what you are comfy with...
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You are going to feel really smart when you conquer your fear of DPNs. I experienced white knuckled terror at first, but after the first 5-6 rounds it got much easier.

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Old 01-23-2007, 01:00 AM   #9
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Plus it really is a lot easier to start using them by knitting off the circs rather than casting on with them.

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