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Old 09-06-2008, 05:41 PM   #11
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Knit a few more rows and then it will feel less like you are "fighting" it! I love my DPNs and use them often, but if you watch me do those first few rows....

Probably would doubt I know what I'm doing! The bigger it gets, the easier to hold!
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Old 09-06-2008, 08:10 PM   #12
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Here is a hint that helps me with dp's. Make sure the needle in your left hand is above the next needle after it. If you are knitting from needle #1 make sure that it is above needle #2. that way the next needle is below your work. Maybe someone else can explain it better.
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Old 09-06-2008, 08:12 PM   #13
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Once mastered they are easy. I still am slow with the first few rows, but I don't want to mess up.
Soon you have the swing of things and everyone will be impressed.
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:13 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Ellieblue View Post
Here is a hint that helps me with dp's. Make sure the needle in your left hand is above the next needle after it. If you are knitting from needle #1 make sure that it is above needle #2. that way the next needle is below your work. Maybe someone else can explain it better.
I'm so glad you said this - it's exactly what I do and it makes a big difference! I guess it's just something I do without even thinking now that I knit with dpn's all the time, but IMO that is a great thing to tell anyone who is new to knitting with dpn's.

I don't think there is any other way to explain it, just to make sure that the needle on your left is sitting on top of the needle to it's left.

Thanks again, I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that!
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:17 AM   #15
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I agree that dpn's just take some time to get used to.

1) make sure the work on the needles not in use in in the middle of the needle (so it doesn't fall off)
2) make sure you knit the very first st on each needle extra tight (so you don't get a loose gap [ladder])
3) take your time - knitting is not a race and there's no reason to try to speed through your projects
4) practice makes perfect!


Good luck, and pretty soon you'll be loving those dpn as much as we do!
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:59 PM   #16
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LOL, Thanks everyone! I'm getting better but I just don't see the progression I usually see and time is of the essence! Have you seen my christmas project list?!?! LOL Anyway, Your advice has been very helpful! It's a little discouraging to think you have to learn how to knit all over again! lol
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:05 PM   #17
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The trouble I always had was that the needles would fall out of the stitches as I worked on the other needles. I finally succeeded when I bought a set of bamboo DPN's. They're not so slippery, and so I don't lose them. I also use one of my bamboo DPN's for cables now, just feels good to me.
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You'll get the hang of them quickly. They really aren't hard once you get into the swing of it. I like DPNs but I really prefer magic loop for round knitting. It's faster for me. I actually just did gauge swatches using 2 circs for the first time and that may be my favorite.
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Aaaaaaarrrrrrgggg someone tell me how to get rid of ladders please! I have tried knitting the last and first stitch tight and it has made no difference. I don't know what to do. This is so frustrating!!!!
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I detest double points. I might have a few pair gathering dust in a storage locker. For me, it's circulars and magic loop every time. I don't have needles falling out onto the floor and don't have to be an octopus to handle all those needles.

One way to reduce the ladders is when you first join in the round. Knit the first stitch with both the yarn coming from the skein and the tail of the cast on. Drop the tail after the first stitch and continue the first round as usual. On the second round, knit the skein and tail strands on that first stitch together and pull the tail end tight. This will pull it together and eliminate that first jog. It will also help to make less of a ladder for that first join.

Another thing I do is to slide the first stitch on the next needle as close to the tip as I can without it falling off. I knit that first stitch and pull the yarn as tightly as I can. Keep the yarn stretched tightly as you knit your first and second stitches, then you can relax for the rest of the row on that needle. Repeat for each needle. This helps make that ladder either disappear or be less noticeable.
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