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« on: June 22, 2008 10:36:52 AM »

Okay, so I've been trying for weeks to get the hang of dpns, and I am just a mess.  My stitches get twisted, I knit into the wrong side of the stitches through the middle, I drop needles, stuff I didn't even know could go wrong with knitting.  However, my grandmother is going to see if she can help me sometime this week.  In the meantime, though, any chance of some stories of your first dpn experience, so I don't feel so dumb? 
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008 11:00:34 AM »

I've never tried DPNs...I'm the first to admit that I'm completely terrified of using more than 2 needles at once.  But it's never been a problem for me because I learned magic loop and love it!  I can knit all the small-circumference items that use DPNs, but without having to use 4 needles Smiley  But I know plenty of people who love using DPNs, it's all just personal preference.
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008 03:23:34 PM »

Rofl, that is EXACTLY why I learned Magic Loop.
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2008 06:11:43 PM »

Try casting on about 20-30 sts and put them on only 2 needles, use a 3rd to knit with for a while. That way you only have one extra in the way. After about an inch you can start knitting with the 4th needle and rearrange the sts. By then you should be able to handle all of them.
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2008 07:45:23 PM »

Try casting on about 20-30 sts and put them on only 2 needles, use a 3rd to knit with for a while. That way you only have one extra in the way. After about an inch you can start knitting with the 4th needle and rearrange the sts. By then you should be able to handle all of them.

Wow, that's a great idea!  Thanks!  And thanks to everyone for sharing--I feel better now Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2008 07:49:02 PM »

It took me a little while to get a hang of too. It helped me to watch the video about it on knittinghelp.com
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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2008 12:39:07 PM »

check out my thread.... first soc... I included fuzzy pics...!!! My sock is actually inside out... but there's this web pg sock101.. its helped me thru every stage so... far.. even after I've poked my nose... cheek and nearly poked my eye out....!!!! don't hold them too close to ur face is my advice.. however much u want to see if ur doing it right!!!! Shocked
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2008 03:51:48 PM »

The first time I used dpns I knit inside out, so the bumps were on the outside! I turned it inside out fairly easily but numerous fingerless gloves later I still have to watch myself  Cheesy It *does* get easier and knitting help is brilliant.
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2008 07:37:11 AM »

Inside out is a common occurance, just pushing it though should work. 

Bamboo or wooden DPN's might be easier to learn with than metal, I still find metal ones too slippery after years and years of knitting.  They fall out, poke me in the eye, stab me, etc.  Bamboo ones stay put pretty well.
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2008 10:10:14 PM »

i like to knit two to four rows straight before transferring the sts to the dpns. that way the knitting is a bit more solid, not so floppy, and you're sure not to get it twisted or inside out.

my other tip is make suuuure your dpns are long enough, or that you're using enough of them, that your sts don't fall off the ends! bamboo helps hold them on but physics is physics.

oh--and the ladder a lot of people get between needles--the way i've found of eliminating it is not to over-tighten the first st on each needle, as is usually suggested, but instead the *second* stitch. works for me.
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