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Old 02-19-2009, 01:30 AM   #1
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Best double pointed needles
I would like to buy some double pointed needles to make socks. Can someone give me some advise about what size is used most? I notice size one or two is popular. Also, what length is best? 6 or 8 inch? Thank you for your help, I was looking on the knitpicks site and got confused.
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:19 AM   #2
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There is no "best" it's what works best for you personally. Some people like metal, others wood. If I'm going to use DPNs for socks my preference would be 5 inch bamboo. Absolutely no more than 6 inch and even that's really overkill IMO. That being said...I don't do socks on DPNs usually, I usually use two 24" circular needles.

The size of the needles depends on the yarn weight. For fingering weight I usually use size US 1. You want socks done at a tighter gauge so they are sturdier.
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:57 AM   #3
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I use DPNs for socks- I use 5" length. I really like bamboo and I have a set of rosewoods that I love. The wool tends to stay on the needles when using bamboo or rosewoods - I find that I'm not dropping or losing stitches. Rosewoods are expensive and bamboo is more affordable. I knit loose, so I use a 0 or 1 size needle for my socks.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:37 AM   #4
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I generally use a size 0 or 1. I knit socks for a while on old 7" dpn's until I got my 6" options and it took a little while to get used to the shorter length, but now I like them and I like knitting with 5 needles instead of 4.
Some of the blogs I've read suggest that some people are more concerned about the weight of the needles. Options are heavy but I don't find it a problem. I like the pointy ends for working with fine yarns.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:00 PM   #5
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like Jan said, there is no BEST.

i like LONG dpns (7 inch are OK, but i like 10 inch (hard to find!) better.

but now days i knit socks on 2 circ (long flexibe DPN's in a way!) and use 24 or more often 29 and sometimes 32 inch ones!

some knitters like sets of 4PN's--some like sets of 5 dpn's..(i have some sets of 6 DPN's!)

BEST is what ever is best for you..

and only you know what you like best!

that said, Susan Bates makes a "sock set' of dpn's --sizes 000, 00, 0, 1 (5 each) in one package--that retails for less than $10!
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:05 PM   #6
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Thanks to all of you. I was trying to avoid spending too much on needles I may not use in the future. I think I will look for that Susan Bates set, although if it is not wood, I would have trouble. I think I need wood so the yarn stays put! Thank you all again.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:47 AM   #7
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For socks the most important thing to me is length and I like the 5" dpns...really it is all about what you like and are comfy using
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I'm a fan of the 6 inch Inox/Prym metal needles. They are not as slippery as some of the other brands and they have a 2.5 mm size (US 1.5) that I use frequently. I don't think that they have a 2.25 mm (US 1) size though. They are also fairly inexpensive and come in packages of 5 needles.
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Yeah....best for me, is not wood....I have a tight gauge, and I always feel like a wood one is going to snap for me...

I like the knit picks 6 inch sock dpns. I will use nothing else!
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