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  • Double Pointed Needles

    3 posts, 3 voices, 963 views, started Oct 26, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008


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      YIKES!  They scare me.  I’ve just begun a hat on circulars that require, toward the end, that I switch to dpns.  I’m really afraid of screwing this up.  I’ve never used them before and need some coaching.  Does the size of the dpns have to be the same as the circulars?  How do I do the switch quickly and painlessly?  I guess I should have done the whole thing on dpns but I really am intimidated by them!  Any advice or encouragement will be welcome.


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          Stacy Gandy wrote Dec 30, 2008
        • I just started using dpns on a sweater I’m working on!  I’m not absolute, but I used the same sz as the needles i’m working with.  Also, I switched going stitch-by-stitch; by taking the dpn and slipping on/dropping off the reg needles. I needed to use them to build the armhole. Actually, it’s been pretty easy!  Once u get started, you will be fine!

          I hope this helps!

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          Tuliplady wrote Dec 30, 2008
        • Yes, unless the instructions say otherwise, you use the same size as the needles you‘re working with.

          What I do when switching to dp’s is to just take a dp and knit your stitches right onto it.  If you‘re worried about losing them off the other end, get one of those little stopper thingy’s that goes on the end of the needle.  Then you take the next dp needle and knit on however many stitches need to be on that needle, and so on.  

          Hope I haven’t confused you, I’m not always very good at explaining things.  I’ve been teaching a friend to knit and find that as long as I keep my mouth shut and just SHOW her how, we do fine!

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