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Old 08-04-2008, 03:10 PM   #1
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Knitting Socks on Aluminum Needles
Normally, I only knit my socks on hardwood needles. But since I'm moving in two weeks and have a TON of costs in regards to it, I simply can't afford to toss down even $7 on a pair of needles. So I have this pack of metallic needles, and I'm hesitant.

While these needles are much longer than the hardwood ones, has anyone had problems with knitting socks on metal needles?

For reference, I am using Trekking XXL yarn, which I believe is a wool/nylon mix. Nothing to slippery!

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Old 08-04-2008, 03:42 PM   #2
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I knit on metal circular needles all the time and I prefer them to wood as I have trouble with stitches not wanting to come off wood. I am a metal needle person.
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In general, I use metal for everything else for the same reasons you mention. I'm using DPNs, instead of circulars however. Think it makes a difference?
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:16 PM   #4
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I have knitted socks on metal dpns and had no trouble. As long as you don't try to put too many stitches on each needle you should do all right. You say the needles are long so they should be no problem, unless the length is excessive and in the way. The ones I have used are 7 inch I think and worked fine. I've also used some Trekking and it should work all right on the metal. Go for it and don't bother to get new needles. A knitting project will help you with the stress of moving. :-)
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I LOVE using metal DPNs for my sock knitting because they slide so well. Since you've knit socks before I don't think you'll have a problem.
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Ah, thanks so much! I think these are the 7" variety, and I shouldn't have more than 24 stitches on each needle (though it'll be closer to 18-20). I'm making a pair of socks for a man with extraordinary feet, but tiny calves, so it shouldn't be an issue.

So now I can have my comforting fix. Luckily, I'm not moving far -- only a mile away into a new apartment, but it's still a pain in my rear.
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Old 08-04-2008, 07:03 PM   #7
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They'll feel funny to you at first but you'll do just fine with them.
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i am another who prefers metal DPNs to wooden. I have never had any difficulty, particularly when the sock is established so the stitches are 'set'.
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Originally Posted by Knitting_Guy View Post
They'll feel funny to you at first but you'll do just fine with them.
This is very true. Because of their length and slickness, they felt unwieldy at first.

However! I got gauge on my yarn on first attempt and didn't even have to drop down any sizes. I usually have to as I tend to knit loosely, but I got it right without any sighing, grumblings or frogging.

Thanks for the tips on this. I really love using the metallic needles. And I don't even have to worry about breaking them!
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I've knit with Metel DPNs but I prefer bamboo. I didn't have any prob. with the metal tho.
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