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« on: April 18, 2005 06:06:48 AM »

i have been knitting basic items in knit stitch for a while now, and am getting ready to pull out the circular needles!! i need any advice or input that might help me from getting discouraged! Smiley i want to get this and like it......so i was just looking for tips,tricks,advice and maybe some real good-easy pattern links to try and figure out just what to knit for my first project??
please any input will help as this will be my first time.

for example, i have had my new circular needles under my husbands side of the mattress ( like you do a new softball glove....) thinking that would get them ready to knit with??? just saw on diy the other day you just stick them in hot water???<<< felt dumb!!

so any help will help alot!!
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2005 07:22:27 AM »

The French Market Bag on Knitty is easy-- it's still in stockinette, but it goes fast and has all kinds of useful techniques to learn-- you can do it on DPNs; or if you knit the bottom flat, you put it on circulars to work the body and have to learn to pick up stitches, so that's a challenge Wink; and you also have to learn how to do kitchener stitch to make the handles come together (a great tutorial from Knittinghelp.com got me through it without any problems).  Finally, you felt it!  So there are TONS of firsts in the project and it's still do-able.  I use my bag ALL the time now!
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2005 11:22:42 AM »

i say go for a hat!  make sure you have both the circs and dpns needed to complete the project but its super easy to do a hat.  i just finished my first circular needles/dpn project (um, a hat!) and even though i screwed up a lot i faked it and came up with what really looks like a hat.  its pretty easy to find hat pattern online.  i haven't made any from this website http://www.marniemaclean.com/patterns/index.html but i would love to try them soon.
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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2005 02:26:00 PM »

OH! COOL THANKS YOU TWO! im excited...and i have the hardest time finding dpns?? what part of a hat do you use those if you dont mind giving me the info...like why, the purpose ect???
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2005 02:34:15 PM »

i would try online for the dpns.  i have a store here in Northern CA called Ben Franklin Crafts and they carry a range of DPN's.  also those fancy schmancy LYS usually carry them. 

you need the dpns when you've decreased to so few stitches that you can't knit well on a 16 inch circular needle (if you're going to do a hat, don't make the mistake i did -- i started off with a 29 inch circ needles and for a hat you need 16 inches -- i had to frog it after i had done a lot on the 29 inch ones).  usually there are 4 or 5 dpns to a package and what you do is split your stitches in three and put them on three needles (or four and put them on four needles). you use the 4th (or 5th) needle to knit and replace one of the needles with.  its easier to understand once you're there and looking at them. it'll all make sense then. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2005 02:43:53 PM »

i second the vote for a hat, but i'm a bit of a hat evangelist. hats are small and quick, and i like quick projects.

if you can't find DPNs or don't like them, there are techniques for working small rounds on one long circular needle or on two circular needles, instead of DPNs.

http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/twocirculars.html
http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/mloop.html
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2005 08:38:09 PM »

ooooooooooo my goodness! you all are great!!
Ive been a bit worried about the whole circular needles as i am what my
hubby calls a "crotch knitter" hehe...meaning i poke the needle my left needle in my
crotch while i work it, i dont know how it started but i think i was worried with all those flying
needles i might poke someone's eye out so i grounded my left needle toward my crotch! hehe!
those links are great!
I need all the help i can get! i swear im gong to write a knitting for blonde's!
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2005 08:45:49 PM »

I was scared of dpns and of circular, but now it's nearly all i do!

http://www.herrschners.com has great prices and selection on all kinds of knitting needles.  i used to page through their paper catalogs my mom got when i was little.  Smiley

i would recommend the kittyville hat from the first snb book--it was my first circular project and it knit up so easily and quickly... (plus i still get so many compliements on it.  Smiley  i ended up making a bunch for my friends.)  plus, at the end, you get a painless intro to dpns.

you have full encouragement to pm me with questions as you go, if you want a "circular buddy" !  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2005 05:28:07 AM »

I was scared of dpns and of circular, but now it's nearly all i do!

http://www.herrschners.com has great prices and selection on all kinds of knitting needles.  i used to page through their paper catalogs my mom got when i was little.  Smiley

i would recommend the kittyville hat from the first snb book--it was my first circular project and it knit up so easily and quickly... (plus i still get so many compliements on it.  Smiley  i ended up making a bunch for my friends.)  plus, at the end, you get a painless intro to dpns.

you have full encouragement to pm me with questions as you go, if you want a "circular buddy" !  Smiley
ahhhhhh thank you so much!! i had just bought the stich n bitch book about 2 weeks ago, and that is a good idea too!!
thanks for the link i will use it im sure!!! going to have to get some dpn's i think i have one pair and they are super small!
I might just pm you if i get in a bind! it will be my first circular needle adventure and, actually my first pattern that i go buy i usually just wing it!!
thanks agian.
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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2005 10:20:03 AM »

i'd say - make your own dpn's . . . . if you're cheap like me anyhow.  particularly till you know if you like using them etc.

take a dowel rod, cut it into 4-6" lengths, and sharpen the ends with a pencil sharpener.  you can wax 'em or paint 'em or stain 'em or just rub them with some wax paper.

there are several threads around here somewhere about making your own dpn's and needles.

I made a set of dpn's for myself for sock making - cause I worry about breaking tiny guage expensive bamboo ones.  so - my size 2's are 1/8" dowels - and my size 1's (for ribbing) are barbecue skewers . . . . (I finished mine with paste wax from the hardware store.  I like the harder smooth finish it gives.)  The cheapness of my sock needles also serves another purpose.  If for some asinine reason they declare them a weapon when I fly next time and  confiscate them, all I'm out is a dowel and a couple (out of a 100 pack from the dollar store - I have bunches left) of barbecue skewers.
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