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Old 07-11-2008, 05:50 PM   #1
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Do you prefer DPNs or circular needles when circular knitting?
I've never tried it before (DPNs), but it seems to be easier...



What do you think?



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Old 07-11-2008, 06:11 PM   #2
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If possible, I always go for circulars. I hate dpns, unless I use them just to finish up a hat or something.
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:40 PM   #3
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It depends I guess. I love my DPNs for sock knitting, although I haven't tried magic loop or two circs, but I like circs for hats and garments.
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:49 PM   #4
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I use circular or ML to get a base going but after that I'd rather switch to DPNs if the item fits.
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:49 PM   #5
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I'm with Knitgal, love the DPNs...then I switch to circulars if the piece is large enough. It takes getting past the "Unruly Hedgehog" stage and somehow your hands and the needles become friends and it works out.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:13 PM   #6
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For small thinks I like DPN's. I've tried magic loop a couple of times and just don't like it.
For larger garments like a sweater body or a hat I use a circular. On a hat I move it on to DPN's when necessary.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:48 PM   #7
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I've never liked double points, and managed to escape them forever the day I discovered magic loop.
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:45 PM   #8
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I like DPNs for small things, too~sleeves, fingerless gloves, socks (the very few I've done) and circs for larger items, such as hats and sweaters and bags.

I'm trying to learn magic loop for socks (2 at a time) but haven't quite managed it yet. I'm not giving up though!
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Old 07-12-2008, 02:15 AM   #9
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I learned first with dpn's then moved to magic loop and finally to
2 circs for small diameter knitting. I tend to grab 2 circs these days
because it's the way I like best It's also useful because I have
a 3 year old who likes to flop in my lap at any given time and dpn's
are just to dangerous for that!

I would suggest learning all 3 methods and finding which one you
like best. I find it useful knowing them all though because at different
times with different projects I have found each one to be useful

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Originally Posted by gargoylelib View Post
I learned first with dpn's then moved to magic loop and finally to
2 circs for small diameter knitting. I tend to grab 2 circs these days
because it's the way I like best It's also useful because I have
a 3 year old who likes to flop in my lap at any given time and dpn's
are just to dangerous for that!

I would suggest learning all 3 methods and finding which one you
like best. I find it useful knowing them all though because at different
times with different projects I have found each one to be useful

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Hi

Think you hit the nail on the head there, Libbie.

I like Magic Loop for baby hats but preferred using two circs when I was finishing the rib of a cardigan, with the sleeve knitted top down.

DPNs are great for eliminating any ladders because it's so easy to rotate the stitches but I can knit faster with 'Loop and two circs.

My black lab and three cats definitely prefer Magic Loop (can't imagine why)

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