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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
« 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.
« 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


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.

« 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.

« 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.

« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2006 08:22:50 AM »

I started with this pattern:
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.

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