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Old 05-09-2007, 03:24 AM   #1
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Socks on 3 or 4 dpns?
Hi,

For you experienced sock knitters out there, do you prefer to put your stitches on 3 or 4 dpns? And why?

Most of the instructions I have use 3, but other resources I've read say that 4 will help minimize ladders.

I am using four, with a fifth as a working needle, but was just wondering what other people prefer. Since I am so new at this, I have no preferences yet! I was thinking, however, that if I was using three, then I wouldn't have so many needles ends sticking out everywhere. This is very distracting.
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Old 05-09-2007, 04:13 AM   #2
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Well, when I used to use dpn's i would use 5, 4 and 1 working needle, but I don't touch dpn's anymore... I magic loop, it rocks!
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:31 AM   #3
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I use either 3 or 4; it depends on the pattern, really. 4 can get a bit annoying, I agree, so I use 3 whenever I can. I always knit a couple of extra stitches on the next needle to avoid ladders, and ladders are the reason most people prefer to work with 4; the yarn pulls less at the 'corners'. But I just use stitch markers to divide the instep and sole, so I never have to worry about where I am.
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I use four whenever I can simply because I can knit more sts before changing needles. The more sts I knit the faster it goes. I started out with five, but found four faster.
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Old 05-09-2007, 01:04 PM   #5
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I'm more comfortable using 3 for the stitches and the 4th for the working needle.
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:16 PM   #6
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i learned 3 needles with stitches 1/worker, then got sets of 5 PDN's and switched to that --now i do 99% of socks on 2 circs. but occationally use magic loop (i only have 1 40inch circ, most of my circs are shorter!)

and i also know how to do socks (in the round) on 2 straight!
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:06 PM   #7
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I currently have 2 different socks on 3 dpn's. I learned on circular, which is good for doing 2 socks at a time. This is my first venture into dpn's and I really think I like working on them better. It seems to go faster. I am going to follow an idea I read, to have 2 sets of dpn's and work both socks. That way you're finishing both of them at the same time.
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I like 5 - 4 with stitches, 1 working. That just feels more comfortable to me than only having stitches on 3 needles.
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This is interesting! I love to read how everyone does things.
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Originally Posted by of troy

and i also know how to do socks (in the round) on 2 straight!

Now my mind is blown.
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