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desert6flower66
« on: March 06, 2015 12:01:04 PM »

New knitter here with a question about double pointed needles..
My partner wants to make me a set, he bought pretty large and thick dowels to use because he saw me knitting with large single pointed needles. I have yet to use double pointed needles and so far when i've looked into it, i have not seen anyone using large needles. Can someone explain a little about sizes with dp needles, if it matters and if using larger needles is more difficult, or less productive? Should I just send him to buy smaller sized dowels? Good starting size?
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desert6flower66
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2015 11:41:26 AM »

really no advice for a seemingly simple question?  :/
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2015 12:30:03 PM »

I think if they are larger it might be beneficial. Think of the large Crayola crayons you had back in elementary school :-)

The only thing you have to consider with needle size is what yarn you are using for yoyr project. A worsted weight with larger needles will have a looser weave on your project than if you used a bulkier yarn.

I think if your partner is willing to craft something for you that in turn you can use to create then that is fabtastic! That is exactly what crafting and Crafster is about.
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2015 11:25:05 AM »

I think if they are larger it might be beneficial. Think of the large Crayola crayons you had back in elementary school :-)

The only thing you have to consider with needle size is what yarn you are using for yoyr project. A worsted weight with larger needles will have a looser weave on your project than if you used a bulkier yarn.

I think if your partner is willing to craft something for you that in turn you can use to create then that is fabtastic! That is exactly what crafting and Crafster is about.

thank you for the reassurance! i really appreciate it!
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superbly smitten
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2015 04:42:07 PM »

That really is awesome about the crafting to craft domino effect you guys have going on =)

Also, larger DPNs are--in my experience--way easier to practice/learn on, because you're not slipping and losing stitches as easily, at least until you get comfortable with them.  Although it's entirely possible that I'm just clumsy haha
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linda0989
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2015 10:34:26 AM »

I guess you need to decide what type of projects you usually make. Do you use bulky yarn? or mostly worsted weight? That would determine the size of dpn's you would want to make.
You use the same size of double pointed needles as you would straight needles. For example if I am using a worsted weight yarn that needs a US 8 or 5mm straight needles, I would use a set of US 8 or 5mm double pointed needles. You can use a set of straight needles to measure the diameter so that you are making the correct sizes for your yarn. My husband has made me some out of dowel and we used an electric pencil sharpener to help point the ends of the smaller sized needles.Hope this helps. Good luck  Smiley
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