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Old 01-25-2013, 09:58 PM   #41
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Once you get more experienced you'll like all knits because you can do it mindlessly while watching tv or a movie.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:01 PM   #42
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I have a hat pattern that calls for DPNs although it says "you can always use magic loop instead"

Since I don't own any DPNs, I decided to try out magic loop......... it's more difficult than I thought. :(

I'm gonna keep on practicing until I get it right before I start my hat.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:11 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by sakura-panda View Post
No, I've never watched a knitting video. I learned to knit at my (now closed) LYS and at that time my instructor told me that she had never seen any hold their needles the way I did, but it seemed to be working for me so she didn't try to correct it. I've been told the same thing about the way I hold a crochet hook, so I pretty much figure *everything* I do knitting and crocheting is not quite *right*.
I had the same sort of issue with the way I held my needles. I have some problems with my right hand and I can't knit or write normally. I knit for five years or so that way before I started watching some Youtube videos on different ways to hold needles. I switched to continental style and then later modified that, but all that relearning means that now I'm very comfortable knitting. I can knit for hours now, its so nice!
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:17 PM   #44
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How long is your circular? I find ML much easier if you have a longer circ. for hats I prefer 40" because then I have a loop at both ends which eliminates any gaps/ladders for me. It ends up being more like using two circs without any chance of using the wrong one.

That being said, I know Sue and a few others like the shorter circ and modified ML. Do what works for you and don't give up on it.

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Old 01-27-2013, 06:47 AM   #45
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"What I really need though is a way to make an all knit stitch project less tedious -- that's the part I'm not enjoying so much! "

What helps me is to alternate complicated Aran or intarsia patterns with a project that requires straight stockinette (even st st on tiny needles). It's the change that makes it fun.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:26 AM   #46
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Yes, sometimes straight stockinette can be a bit mind-numbing, but it does come in handy when you need some mindless knitting--waiting room, tv watching, car trips, etc.
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