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.
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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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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FO's: garterstitch scarf, dropped stitch cable fingerless mittens, socks for Christmas, and 6 baby hats, cabled toddler hat, hat for mom, MIL socks
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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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.
This site has been very helpful to me.
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.