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« on: March 11, 2006 11:52:13 PM »

I've never used double pointed needles before, but keep finding patterns I'd love to do, if only I knew how to use them.  I've found basic instructions on line, but need some suggestions on a good first project for dpns.  Probably something small (so it's not so hearbreaking when I have to keep frogging it) but interesting. 

What were your first projects on dpns?  Were they good for a dpn novice?  Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2006 07:24:43 AM »

I'm not exactly a pro, but I learned by starting a hat of some kind on circulars and switching to dpns later. This got me used to the handling of them without having to worry initially about the stitches getting twisted or sliding off the end of your %$#@ing needle. That was a joy I saved for later.
DPNs really aren't that hard, though. I'm actually obsessed with knitting everything in the round now.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2006 07:28:42 AM »

you can't go wrong with basic legwarmers. start with 1x1 rib for a few inches, increase a bunch, knit in stockinette for however long, decrease a bunch, do another 1x1 rib portion, et voila. or you could just knit a super-long tube in stockinette without the ribbing, increases, and decreases!
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2006 07:45:02 AM »

I love DPNS - I know some people find them cumbersome, but I learned knitting in the round on them, so they work for me. They're very adaptable - I usually use them instead when a pattern calls for circulars. I have a lot of DPNs thanks to yard sales, thrift stores, etc., and circulars are much harder to find in places like that, so I like to work with what I've got rather than buying new needles for every project.

I would also recommend a hat. If you want to start small, you could try a child's hat. I wouldn't go too small to start, though, because if you're casting on a very small number of stitches for your first project on them, you might find them tricky. They do take a bit of getting used to. (Just be sure to pull your first couple of stitches on each needle much tighter than you normally would!)
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2006 04:50:16 PM »

i made marnie mclean's nautilus hat (google it).
it does start at the top, which was a hassle (few stitches - they slide around on the needle), but the upside was that you made an eyelet at every 'corner' of the dpns, eliminating any stretched-stitched ladder at the corner that beginners often end up with.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2006 05:01:09 PM »

I say just go for socks
Once you master dpn knitting, knitting a sock isnt really that much else
Socks were my first dpn needl project and they werent too overwhelming
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2006 09:38:36 AM »

These are all really great ideas!  We're still getting plenty of snow here in Minnesota, so I could use some legwarmers and hats!  Does anyone know where I could find a basic pattern for a bottom-up hat to knit in the round?  I know it probably should be something I could figure out without a pattern, but it would be nice to have some guidance for my first in-the-round project.

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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2006 10:04:29 AM »

I'm actually working on Tubey from Knitty right now and it is my first project using dpns.  I did a mini-tube on some dpns to practice before using them on my project, because I like to avoid frogging at all costs.

I would definitely reccommend knitting somethign that is a simple tube to begin with...not a whole lot of shaping or things to keep track of until you get comfortable with them.
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2006 07:10:42 PM »

Here are links to a few free online patterns. I've only made the first Noro one - it was simple and turned out nice.

Ribbed Noro Hat

Gusto 10 Beanie

His Hat

Winter Femme

Just out of curiosity, why do you want bottom up hats? There are some interesting top down free patterns out there also.

Edit to add one more I just found and have to add to my long future project list:
Twisted Lattice Cabled Hat
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2006 09:02:52 PM »

Definately fuzzy feet!!!

I skipped the whole circular needle thing on fuzzy feet and did the entire things on DPNs.  Was my first dpn's project.. and my first sock shaping project. A great project for learning both skills since you felt the finished item, so any wonkyness you get is felted away into perfection...

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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2006 11:24:29 AM »

Thanks so much for those pattern links, elijor.  That's just what I was looking for, and never would have found them myself!  The reason I was asking about bottom-up hats was following ravenfire's suggestion of starting a hat on circs then switching to dpns to ease myself into the process.  I really appreciate all these suggestions - now I just need to get to my LYS and buy some dpns!  Although I (and my measly salary) really like the idea of looking for needles at thrift stores and garage sales.  Maybe I'll try that first.  Keep the pattern ideas coming, though - I'm sure it will take more than one project for me to get the hang of it.

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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2006 12:52:39 PM »

My first dpn project was Knitty's Voodoo Armwarmers, since I have yet to learn how to increase and decrease. It's basically a ribbed tube with button holes. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTvoodoo.html
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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2006 01:00:12 PM »

The reason I was asking about bottom-up hats was following ravenfire's suggestion of starting a hat on circs then switching to dpns to ease myself into the process.

If that is the case did you know there is a way to keep going with the circular and never switch to double points? It is called magic loop and you can knit very small diameters with a long circular. I love it. I did not like double points - mostly a fear that the needle not in use would slide right out of the loops and everything would unravel right before my eyes. Not that it ever happened but just the thought that it could bothered me. I taught myself magic loop using the video at knittinghelp.com and have used it to knit something as small as mittens for my 1 year old grandson. It does help to have good quality circulars (I love Addi Turbo's) but I figure with magic loop I only have to buy 1 long circ in each size needle and I'll be good to go forever so really saving on # of needles makes up for the expense of the Addi's.
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2006 01:45:14 PM »

My first dpn project was Knitty's Voodoo Armwarmers, since I have yet to learn how to increase and decrease. It's basically a ribbed tube with button holes. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTvoodoo.html

haha

I was going to suggest this pattern....you will have to learn button holes tho....

I love dpns. I love to make wristwarmers and fingerless gloves while my mother is hooked on socks. we just love going in circles. weee!

My first project in 15 years was from midknight knitter and I did the potluck fingerless gloves. I love them and all you need to worry about is increasing. But I do enjoy a challenge. Cheesy

Another tip? I bought some super long bamboo dpns off ebay and then cut them in half and shaped the ends. It was a really inexpensive project and I ended up with 6 sets of various sized dpns. I don't mind a little effort...and I have more than enough now.
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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2006 05:38:07 PM »

About the Magic Loop, I've always found that to be more of a pain. Being stabbed by tiny needles is no problem for me (probably because of all my tattoos ^_^) but having a big loop of nylon cord flopping around bugs me. And it has proven to be absolutely irresistable to my cats. I woke up one morning to find the cord on a circular completely chewed through and half the needle (with half the project on it) dragged into the lair beneath the couch.
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« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2006 07:13:16 PM »

I agree with discoprincess.  Wristwarmers.  Grin

They're the type of thing that only seems moderately useless if you've never worn a pair.  They're invaluable if you work on the computer a lot.  I'm rarely seen without my pirate stripes.

They're also quick, very easy to modify, and great if you're scared (like me) to make the jump to socks.  There are some patterns mixed in with the gloves in Knitting Pattern Central's Mittens and Gloves Directory.
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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2006 02:33:35 PM »

I have to agree with artsygal,  Knitty's fuzzy feet was my first dpn project too and I thought it was great.
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« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2006 11:31:56 PM »

I have still never tried dpns Shocked I skipped straight to the magic loop. I want some addi turbos to knit socks on. size 0-4 with 47" cords. I have the Denise needle set so I bought the 40" cord to attach my needle to and now I can use the magic loop for size 5-15 needles. So I think I've actually saved a lot of money since I have every needle I could need at my fingertips. Here is the website I learned the Magic Loop off of.
http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/mloop.html
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« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2006 08:22:50 AM »

I started with this pattern:
http://www.angelhairyarn.com/freepattern0503.html
It was really super-easy, & I've ended up making a lot of hats like it - probably a half-dozen or so by now.
If you don't want a rolled edge, you can always do a ribbing the first inch or two.
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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2006 12:37:19 PM »

I loveses my DPNs so much. I have A circular needle and its still in the packaging from the store.  My first few projects were mainly small pouches.... really they were dice bags but one never really wants to admit how much of a geek they are.

I learned how to use DPNs from Terri Lee Royea's Socks 101http://www.royea.net/sockdemo1.html

While I actually have not yet made any socks, her page on how to use DPNs is good, as well her sock tutorial is the pattern staple of my knitting group.

Aside from knitting in the round, I also use my DPNs to knit Icords and smaller projects like hackey sacks and whatnot.

Good Luck!  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2006 04:03:50 PM »

Well, I ordered a set of dpns when I was ordering some yarn online.  They're taking FOREVER to get to me!  I guess that's what I get for being lazy and trying to save myself a trip to the LYS.  Seriously, though.  I'm getting pissed.  I want to try all these great projects you all have been sharing!  I really hate finishing, so the more things I can knit in the round, the better. 
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