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« on: August 05, 2006 06:43:08 PM »

OK so I'm new to knitting and after knitting one successful scarf I figured I would try my luck on a hat. However I started on a circular and love it but now as I am reducing I need to move to double ended needles but I cant find size 11 at any local stores...10.5 but no 11. Do they even make them this big?
Also I have checked out several books from the library and they show how to set it up for DE needles but they don't really know "how" It seems that you would have 3 separate sections...am I lame and is there a way that they connect?
Any help is appreciated as I am at a stand still now Sad

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2006 06:47:21 PM »

i dont know where you would find sz11 dpns, except maybe a yarn shop or online. As far as knitting with them, i've only knitted socks with dpns, but i will still try to offer some help. Say you have 30 stitches on your circulars, pick up ten stitches with each dpn so you have three needles holding 30 stitches. Using a fourth stitch start knitting (or whatever your pattern calls for) across the first needle, once you empty that needle use it to start knitting across the second, and just keep going around in a circle following your pattern.

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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2006 07:25:47 PM »

A video of how to use DPNS.... it's towards the top so it shouldn't be too horribly hard to find.


They're not hard at all to use, they just take some getting used too.  About the size 11s... I'm pretty sure I've seen them somewhere, but I've never used any that big.  Have you tried the magic loop method or anything like that?  If you have to you could always buy another size 11 circular and do the two circular needles thing.
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2006 10:30:32 PM »

Thanks a bunch for the info.....I looked on-line for the brand of needles I like and they don't go to 11 Sad but some others did so I just have to wait till Tuesday when the little yarn shops open up again Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2006 10:41:38 PM »

if you know their diameter (size 11 is 8mm which is also about 5/16th of an inch) you might be able to find wooden dowels at a hardware or craft store to make your own - stick the ends in a pencil sharpener (or whittle them down) and sand them well.   Then you don't have to wait and hope a yarn store has what you need Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2006 06:52:01 AM »

The dowel rod idea is a good one too.  If you have a big enough pencil sharpener that works for the tips too.  It would be a lot cheaper than any yarn shop.
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2006 09:29:05 AM »

Thanks so much for all the help....I think I will be doing the dowl idea.
Thanks again!

« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2006 09:40:11 AM »

I did a quick search because I knew they had to go up to size 11 cause I have some 13's.  I would say though if you want to go ahead and finish your hat it probably wouldn't hurt anything to use the 10.5, just be sure not to knit tight.  I've had to comprimise like this a few times and unless you examined the thing, you really couldn't tell any difference.
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2006 09:43:29 AM »

Oh you know I was going to ask what the difference was.....I was looking at them and they seems a bit bigger but if it wont really make a difference then. I might go for it (besides a have a 1/2 off coupon for Joann's anyhow )
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2006 03:44:41 PM »

I second that it doesn't matter too much. When I do my quick size 15 hats, I usually use size 11 dpns and I have no ill effects.  And it's easier to control than size 15 dpns. 

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