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Old 12-30-2007, 10:53 AM   #1
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kind of the same subject as " I finally caught it" How do most of you knit socks? With DPN's or that magic loop? I tried to teach myself the magic loop, but I didn't do very well, but I am not all that crazy about the DPN's either, but I guess I may have not worked at it long enough yet to "get it"

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Old 12-30-2007, 10:59 AM   #2
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My very first pair were on DPNs and took me forever (moved to England in between sock one and two). Working on second pair now with two circulars, and LOVE IT. Once I got used to changing needles, the sock is flying. Almost sad that it will be time to start number two soon. And now that I have the mechanics down, I will do two socks at a time with my DS's pair.
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I taught myself to knit with 2 circulars using this site http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/twocirculars.html
and this one: http://www.socknitters.com/2circs/lessontwo.htm

I use the 2 circ method for any circular knitting I do any more - can't remember the last time I used dbl pts.

I have yet to make a serious attempt to learn magic loop. The few half-hearted attempts I've made, I quickly gave up for 2 cirs as I knew I could get started on the next project immediately rather then struggle with ML any further.

I already own 2 circs in 24" or 29" in most sizes I use. I do sock 2 at a time, so I'd need to buy new longer cirs for ML. As I'd rather spend money on yarn then needles, I don't have a lot of incentive to learn ML.
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I always use DPN's....would like to eventually try magic loop (with one circular) but it is difficult to step outside of my comfort zone....
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I really like Magic Loop, but have recently also started using the two circs method. You may find the two circs method easier to master and it does work quite well.
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I taught myself how to knit socks using two circs from the "A Good Yarn" pattern book (Lydia's Socks). When I heard about the magic loop technique, I quickly learned from a tutorial on the web, and now do most of my socks with magic loop (one long circular).
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:09 PM   #7
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I love DPNs...all those needles...people think your very clever knitting with 4 needles!!!!
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Originally Posted by pauline maddocks View Post
I love DPNs...all those needles...people think your very clever knitting with 4 needles!!!!
i have to agree - the 4 DPNs do lok impressive to non-kntters

i have onl used DPNs so far for my circular knitting. would like to give the 2 circular method a go next, although ialso have my eye on a pair of toe-up socks so we will see how it goes.
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:36 PM   #9
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I started a sock a few months ago, messed it up and had to rip it out....and am just getting back to it this morning after all that Christmas knitting! However, my Christmas knitting did include a bunch of stocking ornaments and some slippers, so I have the basic idea of socks.

I use two circulars. I think I could manage dpns pretty well (did a couple of small projects on those a while back), but I really love the ease of two circulars, and I have them in the sizes I need, so it's two circs for me.
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I'm using DPN's, they are kind of hard at first, all those needles, but pratice does help. And it seems to be a lost art, in a way.
DPN's were all my mom used to make socks and mittens. So I have hoards of them.
ANd I agree, people who don't knit are just amazed by it.......lol
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