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« on: September 27, 2007 08:31:06 AM »

I really want to make the binary scarf from knitty: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTbinary.html  but the pattern calls for DPNs and I'm still a beginner. How can I knit it without DPNs?
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2007 08:43:02 AM »

Quite simply, you can't really. This scarf is knit in the round - it's a tube that can't be knit on 2 straight needles. You could look for a short circular (I think 16" would be too long) or use the magic loop method, but I think they're on a par with just knuckling down and getting to grips with DPNs.

You could alter the pattern and just knit half, but the other side of the scarf will be a big mess of floats Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007 08:51:45 AM »

You could use two circulars instead of DPNs to knit in the round.  That's how I knit socks and every other circular project.  It's super easy.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2007 09:31:39 AM »

I knit this scarf last year on a 16" circular needle for my bf.  I don't know if I would have wanted to try this on DPNs as I think about the stitches sliding off and I begin to shudder.  Go grab yourself a circular needle and hop to it!
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007 01:06:54 PM »

Um, I didn't actually READ the pattern, so I might be way off here, but you could knit it on straights and just seem it up one side?  I don't know if that would affect the color work or not. 

Mind you, I might be completely wrong.   Wink

But I actually love DPN's.  More than straights, more than circulars.  So I'd just give them a shot.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2007 03:01:30 PM »

Um, I didn't actually READ the pattern, so I might be way off here, but you could knit it on straights and just seem it up one side?  I don't know if that would affect the color work or not. 

Mind you, I might be completely wrong.   Wink

But I actually love DPN's.  More than straights, more than circulars.  So I'd just give them a shot.

Thanks. I'll try that.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2007 08:10:46 PM »

Don't be afraid to give dpns a try! They're annoying at first, but once you master them you feel like a genius. Besides, you might as well learn to use them on a project you're really excited about.
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2007 03:24:58 AM »

Stranding flat is a big pain in the arse because it requires purling with 2 colours. If you are happy to do this then cool, but do consider 2 circs or ML as well!

P.S. Being a beginner doesn't mean you can't use DPNs, try a baby sock or just a  little tube to get the idea, I honestly would teach a beginner DPNs before 2-colour purling. I consider myself an advanced knitter, I like DPNs and circs, I like stranding and am reasonably fast at it, but I do not intend ever to learn to purl with 2 colours. DPNs feel odd when you first start, but are not conceptually difficult: you just need to get used to holding the needles, same as when you learned to knit.

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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2007 05:11:43 PM »

I agree that using DPNs isn't as bad as you imagine.  I just have problems with my stitches falling off the needles, especially as I take my knitting with me everywhere.  Another suggestion I have for starting the DPNs is to get a lot of point protectors to hold your stitches on.
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2007 10:12:59 AM »

I agree - a set of #9 DPNS wouldn't be too bad. I have a curse affair with the smaller ones, however  Grin

You could also do that scarf on a medium or small gauge loom and get fairly good results. Just a thought if you wanted to try a different method of knitting  Smiley
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