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Old 04-12-2007, 04:55 PM   #1
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metal dpns?
I think I am starting to crack - I recently realised all my 0-3 bamboo needles are chipped from knitting with cotton too vigorously - but first if anyone wants to indulge me I have a little questionnaire:
do you like your metal ones, or do you wish you'd bought hardwood? or plastic?
when you put them down for 5 seconds, does all the yarn slide right off?
anything else to say about them?

thanks!
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:26 PM   #2
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i have a pair of size 2s in metal that i used on my first pair of socks. yes, they were a bit slippery, but as long as i turned my needles parallel when i put them down, i had no trouble with stitches falling off. i was pleased with them, and didn't wish for anything else.

to be honest, i would still love a set of rosewood, but i don't want to pay for them, so the metal works for me!
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:27 PM   #3
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i have a pair of size 2s in metal that i used on my first pair of socks. yes, they were a bit slippery, but as long as i turned my needles parallel when i put them down, i had no trouble with stitches falling off. i was pleased with them, and didn't wish for anything else.

to be honest, i would still love a set of rosewood, but i don't want to pay for them, so the metal works for me!
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:34 PM   #4
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Hi there! I have all kinds! I like my wooden needles because they aren't so slippery, but as long as I put my work away carefully, it hasn't slipped off the metal ones. I also have some little flexible plastic needles, I think made by addi, and they are terrific! Mostly what I like in dpns is short lengths. I hate long ones now! Not sure this is terrifically helpful, but good luck with whatever you choose. samm
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:41 PM   #5
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I only have metal dpn's ... well I do have some Brittany birch little ones but I don't like them as I find them too sticky. I knit tightly btw.
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:10 PM   #6
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I like wood over metal but I'm currently knitting socks (and new at it) so the metal are too slippery for me.

I just ordered some Pone plastic needles. I've definitely decided I like shorter DPN's (5-6#) for socks.

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Old 04-12-2007, 06:16 PM   #7
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I use the Options ones and I like them MUCH better than the bamboo ones! The stitches really do slide off a lot easier so I don't feel like I'm struggling like I did sometimes with the bamboo.
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:21 PM   #8
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I love the Options since they are not only smooth but very pointy. Great for splitty yarn or lace patterns. I will use them instead of bamboo when the size is right. The Brittany birch ones kept breaking so I've given up on those.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:10 PM   #9
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I love metal and own no wooden DPNs, I'm sure I'd break them anyway! But I'm tight.
I recently got some much better aluminium metal needles which were far better than my more-slippery metal ones, they were still metal but not extra-slippery. Occasionally I have to pause in the middle of a needle to readjust the others I have let go of as they start to slide down the knitting. Try out a couple of sets with different finishes and see how you like them!

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Old 04-12-2007, 08:46 PM   #10
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I've only ever used metal needles of any kind, even my DNPs with socks, and I've never had a problem. I think I would prefer metal to wood regardless...

I'm knitting some worested weight cotton socks right now, and I have not had a stitch drop off once, even when I have to shove them in my bag. So, either I am a tight knitter (wouldn't be surprised), or metal needles are perfect for cotton!
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