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Topic: it's almost embarrassing to ask this ... but what are circulars and dpns ?  (Read 868 times)
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« on: May 06, 2007 03:39:06 AM »

and what can i make without them, with the exception of scarves and ipod cozies? sorry for asking such a basic question, but i'm a COMPLETE amateur when it comes to knitting. sewing, jewelry making, embroidery - i can do - but knitting... my grandmother taught me the very basics when i was eight but i haven't picked up yarn+needles since. HOWEVER; now that winter is approaching (in australia) i really want to pick up on my very rusty knitting skills.

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2007 03:53:32 AM »

dpns are double pointed needles and they come in a pack of 4 or 5. circular needles look like two straight needles but joined at the non-pointy ends with a cord. both of these are used for circular knitting - you join the beginning of your cast on row to the end, and you can knit in a tube.

you can still use straight needles for everything - sweaters, shawls, toys, cushions, whatever you can think of, but you knit several flat pieces and seam them up.

with circular knitting, because you are knitting a tube, you eliminate the need to seam things up most of the time (take a hat for example - knitting on straight needles, you will knit a flat piece that is smaller at one end than the other, then fold it in half and seam it up to have a hat. but if you knit on dpns or circular needles, you knit a tube then close it off at one end and you have a hat already hey presto)

check out www.knittinghelp.com for videos, those will probably help a lot Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2007 04:05:42 AM »

Here are some visuals:

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Double Pointed Needles (DPN's):


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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2007 05:12:27 AM »

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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2007 06:58:24 AM »

You can also use circular needles like you use straight needles - just don't join the yarn after casting on. They're especially good for large objects, which get too heavy for straight ones after a few inches.


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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2007 07:23:52 AM »

not to confuse you, but circular needles are also available in interchangeable sets where you can detach the needles from the cords and make a variety of different kinds of needles. they're a bit of an investment, but they're cheaper than buying a few needles at a time. Knit Picks has a great set and Denise is the classic. i have both and love both.

i use my interchangeable circulars for everything... especially straight knitting. it's easier on my hands and wrists b/c it keeps the fabric in my lap and the needles stay lightweight.

there's even a way to use circular needles like DPNs. it's used for small diameter projects.

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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2007 10:24:41 PM »

Well in a topographical sense circs are really doublepointed needles too.
Check out knittinghelp.com for videos of knitting on DPNs, circs, etc. in different ways.
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