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Old 04-21-2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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I am using a sock pettern that tells me to move some stitches from the 2nd needle to the 3rd.

How do I know which needle is the 2nd and which is the 3rd?
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:44 PM   #2
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When you're at the beginning of the round, the first needle on the right (the first one you're knitting on to) is needle #1 and count to your left. If the needle in your right hand is needle #1, then needle #2 is currently in your left hand and needle # 3 is the top of the triangle. HTH.
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confusing isn't? its actually the stitches that name the needle.

you can use stitch markers..

find those little beads --the kind 50+ years ago that were used for baby name braclets--and are still called that.. though almost most no one in living memory has seen a baby in a hospital with one!

these bead also come in numbers..

make some stitch markers (closed loop earing backs will work!)

and label each bunch of stitches 1, 2, 3, 4.

this will help you knit any sock pattern.
if a pattern calls for a set of 5 DPN's (and your sets are all 4's), no matter, just double up (and put "needle 2 and needle 3 on one needle (and hang to stitch markers.. (#2 and #3) and Voila! you can knit the pattern.

want to try a sock on 2 needles (circ's) or on magic loop? hang the stitch markers on the knitting to keep track of which stitches are needle 1, or needle 2..(even though they are all on the same needle!)

Don't want to make your own 1, 2, 3, 4 needles? you can find stitch markers like this (just for sock knitting) on etsy.
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I used Silver's sock tutorial, lots of pictures! Helped me a lot!
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