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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2006 10:15:31 PM »

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I felt the exact same way you did!  I couldn't get the idea from reading in a book or watching someone do it on tv either.  Then last night I just decided it wouldn't hurt me to try, so I sat down with the needles and some yarn and followed the instructions step by step out of the stitch and bitch book.  The hardest part, IMO, is figuring how to hold the needles when you start (I'm actually still not sure I am doing that part right!).
I've only been knitting about a year myself.  Don't give up!  You can do it. Smiley

jnaos:
Oh, is that like that knifty knitter thing?  I saw it at the store and had no idea what it was for.
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2006 10:36:15 PM »

I LOVE dpns...I think it's my favorite way to knit! I'm a freak. But that first tube is so exciting--congrats. Now watch out for the siren call of the lovely sock yarn.

And thingwraith, magic loop is usually used to describe a way of knitting small circumference tubes with large circumference circular needles. You can do a search on it--there's lots of threads on it.
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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2006 10:38:13 PM »

I finally learned knitting in the round and dpns last week too.. so big congrats!
They're not as scary as they look..
To celebrate I went out and bought 3 new sets of dpns and some sparkly glitter ones!
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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2006 10:38:34 PM »

yes that is like the knifty knitter thing...
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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2006 10:41:13 PM »

shotgun_bettie where on earth did you get sparkly knitting needles??  O_O
I'm practically drooling at the thought!
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« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2006 11:09:54 PM »

shotgun_bettie where on earth did you get sparkly knitting needles??  O_O
I'm practically drooling at the thought!

Walmart of all places.. They're $2.98 (Canadian).. I bought 2 nice sets of Susan Bates dpns but then I seen these and had to have them.. They're plastic but fairly flexible plastic.. and they're a little bit grippy so they work well even with cheap acrylic and mohair!
For dirt cheap needles they're sure fun to work with SmileySmiley





I bought them in size 7, and 8, they also make straight needles in all sizes!
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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2006 11:15:32 PM »

Wow, those are SOOO pretty!  Wal-mart here doesn't carry that brand.  For that matter, they don't even carry dpns. Sad
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« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2006 11:12:27 AM »

I have to admit, I don't have any problem with dpns, BUT I just learned long-tail cast-on and I've been knitting for nearly 2.5 yrs. Shame but also joy!
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« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2006 11:22:23 AM »

I find 4 DPNs easier to control than 5.  My solution to ladders is this:  knit to the end of your needle, then slip the last two stitches (that you've just knit) onto the empty needle.  Slide them along the needle to the front and they become the start of the new "row".  This is an extra step, but it doesn't take all that much longer once you get used to it, and it's only frustrating when, say, all you HAVE on the needle is four stitches. 

Starting with 2 stitches on the needle already helps to even out your tension.  Plus, the two-stitch shift means that you start knitting in a slightly different place every time, so any uneven stitches are distributed across the tube rather than all in one column, making them less obvious.  If I need to keep track of things like increases or decreses I use running yarn markers and don't worry about keeping everything evenly distributed on the needles.

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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2006 11:27:27 AM »

Tee Hee - I was the same way.  I was like, WOO HOO - here come socks... and then I learned how to cable....and so now I'm 4 feet into a cable knit scarf and the dpns sit in a waiting to be knit box!!! Smiley
congrats on the new skillz!



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