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Old 08-12-2007, 08:09 PM   #1
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I'm going to take these DPN's and............
Poke my eyes out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm making DH hat hat, finally got up the guts to try a no sew hat! I'm about to start the decreases, figured I better practice on these darn DPN's while I had some time today.

That was at 11am this morning, and I'm no closer to getting DPN's than before. I've tried watching videos here, but they will not load all the way. I've read every article known to man/women covering this topic and I just don't get it!

I then said, screw it, I can't do it! So I started trying to figure out how to do two circulars! Guess what? I can't figure that out either and the video will not load!

I'm ready to pull out my hair and throw the DPN's in the trash and scrap the hat and go back to yesterday, where there was peace and harmony in my world!

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Old 08-12-2007, 08:17 PM   #2
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Oh Kamie!!!

Don't give up!! Once you get the dpn's down, you will wonder why you didn't use them sooner. Plus, when you are in public knitting with them, people will think you are really a hot shot knitter!!

Take a deep breath & try again !! If I could do it, I know you can !!!

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Old 08-12-2007, 08:19 PM   #3
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Transfer your hat stitches to the dpns. It's soooo much easier to learn them when there is already knitting established. Starting something with them can be hard, but knitting the top of a hat is the perfect way to start.

Just knit from one full needle to the empty one. The full one will be emptied and you use that on the next full needle.

You can do it!
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Old 08-12-2007, 08:41 PM   #4
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Thanks both of you.

Ingrid, I'm counting on what you said being true. LOL! If it goes as bad as the learning stages went, I'm going to be blind with no hair!

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Old 08-12-2007, 09:07 PM   #5
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Kamie -

You can do it... remember when you first started to knit and it was so hard, but after awhile you don't even think about it. Just practice - you will get it eventually and you will feel so good that you learned how to use them.

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Old 08-13-2007, 08:01 AM   #6
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what's the secret to using them......hints??
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:26 AM   #7
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Poke my eyes out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have SO been there ... but it does get better ... I promise!!
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:38 AM   #8
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what's the secret to using them......hints??
The secret of using DPNS is not to think of them as using 5 (or 4) needles at the time, but just 2. Ignore the other ones when you are knitting. Only pay attention to the 2 needles you are using. And I agree with Ingrid, it's much easier when there's already some knitting done. Joining the round is quite hard as are the first few rounds, but after that, it's just like knitting with 2 needles.
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:00 AM   #9
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Casting on and the first row are definitely the most difficult part of dpns! It'll get easier

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Old 08-13-2007, 11:06 AM   #10
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I feel your pain, Kamie. Last night I started using DPNs for the first time. I knitted the first row but then I quit because I don't know how to join. Now that I've gotten some sleep I'm going to try to do the join. Wish me luck!
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