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Old 02-08-2007, 12:31 PM   #1
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DPNS Are Kicking My Butt
I am trying to start a sock but these dpns are getting the best of me. I don't think I doing the join right, and somehow I keep gaining or losing a stitch someplace. I've started and frogged this about a half dozen times already.

I'm going to keep trying to figure it out, but I am definitely doing something wrong.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:37 PM   #2
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Are you casting all of your stitches on one needle?
I prefer using two circs for socks, but if I do use dpns, I cast all of my stitches on one needle and then slip stitches to 2 more needles, distributing evenly.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:43 PM   #3
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When I cast onto dpns for socks, I generally add one more stitch to the first needle. ( if the pattern calls for 12 stitches on each needle, then CO 13 on the first needle) Then to join, I slip the first stitch from needle 1 onto needle 4 and then slip the first stitch from needle 4 over the needle 1 stitch.

You should then end up with the right number of stitches on all four needles.

Hope this makes sense.

Are you working with little bitty dpns, i.e, 1s or 2s? It might be better to try a pair of house socks with bigger dpns for a starter project.

Good luck. I know you'll work it out.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:46 PM   #4
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Mason,

DPN's start out uncomfortable, but not for long. Soon you'll be knitting away! Hey-does any of your driving take you to the east coast?
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:48 PM   #5
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I am using worsted weight and size 6 needles per Silver's sock class.

I cast on 40 stitches onto one needle and then slipped then purl-wise onto the other two needles. so that I have 14 12 14 on the needles.

I started doing the K2 P2 on the last cast on stitch and worked around to the first cast on stitch. I tried to make that first knit stitch really tight but there is still a gap between the first and last cast on stitches. I'm sure I did something wrong.

If I have to frog it again I'll try casting on that extra stitch and slipping them as described.
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Old 02-08-2007, 12:50 PM   #6
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I am not that adept with double pointed needles yet, (and I think I prefer 2 circs) but I remember someone mentioning that knitting a few rows first, before joining in the round, not only helped to avoid twisted stitches, it also helped to get that 1st round going. It really helped me. It only leaves you with a tiny seam to sew at the end. It was soooo much easier that way!
I haven't tried socks yet, but I've got some sock yarn coming in the mail, and I'm going to try them soon!
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:00 PM   #7
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Are you just knitting or did you join the first and last stitch. I'm pretty sure you have to join them somehow.

I've never had a problem with the ladders in my socks. Sometimes they seem to show up, but by the time I've knitted a few more rows the gap seems to close up. I've also heard that once you finish the sock and wash it, the stitches will even out and the ladder will disappear. I don't know from personal experience with that one, tho'. Maybe some more expert sock-ster can chime in on the ladder problem.

My problem is the hole at the gusset. No matter where I put that extra stitch, I still get a hole at the top of the gusset. Fortunately, I figure nobody's going to be examining the socks on my feet that closely, so I can live with it until I get better at socks.

That said, maybe you should just forge ahead and see where the experiment takes you .
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:10 PM   #8
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DO NOT give up. I frogged at least 2 dozen times before I was able to do a round properly the first time. I got so frustrated I would put it down for a couple of days then pick it back up and try again. This went on for three weeks, then all of a sudden my hands "clicked" with the needles. Now I'm wrestling with working 4 live DPN's

Hang in there. Amy's Tutorial is great!
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:12 PM   #9
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You'll get the hang of it, soon!
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Old 02-08-2007, 01:26 PM   #10
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Definitely hang in there, Mason. It is awckward at first but you'll get it. It's not uncommon to have a gap in the first few rounds. If you joined correctly, keep going and the gap should disappear.

Cheesiesmom, that's a great trick! I think I will try that too.
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