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babyprep
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Posted - 08/20/2013 :  9:57:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit babyprep's Homepage Send babyprep a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Whether you knit on DPNs or 2 straight needles or circs. What are the best needles for each?

Teresa www.myknittingpassion.blogspot.com

babyprep
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Posted - 08/20/2013 :  10:01:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit babyprep's Homepage Send babyprep a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by babyprep

Whether you knit on DPNs or 2 straight needles or circs. What are the best needles for each?

Teresa

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eldergirl
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Posted - 08/21/2013 :  12:46:14 AM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Teresa,

I use 2 circular needles, Hiya Hiya brand, (I get them at Schoolhouse Press online), and am usually happy.

But I have tried some different types: I used to love bamboo double-points, the 5/needle sets, and shorter length--maybe 5-6" long. Once the two-needle technique got developed (I read "Socks Soar" by Cat Bhordi) , it has been circulars. I tried Addi circs, but the Hiya Hiya points are much better for me.

But see, it is really what you and your hands prefer! I had to try several types, refining my specs more and more, until I was happy. But sometimes I go back to my old bamboo set, when I want softness --and the needles are a little "bent" from my work, so they suit my hands well.

So try one way, then another.....it's going to be your Knitter's Choice, as it should be!

Best wishes,

Anna

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babyprep
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Posted - 08/21/2013 :  01:38:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit babyprep's Homepage Send babyprep a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So even if you are knitting with size 0 or 1???

Teresa
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Jane
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Posted - 08/21/2013 :  03:37:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm a die-hard dpn fan, and knitting socks on tiny needles is one of the reasons I like bamboo. They're easier on my hands. Some people break wooden needles in those small sizes, but I don't. I do keep metal dpns around just in case, but I hardly ever use them! I never got used to the cables and needles hanging or looping, and I love that little collabsible square.

It really is a test drive kind of thing you have to see what works for you!

Jane

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kkknitter
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Posted - 08/21/2013 :  06:51:33 AM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Teresa, I'm a long time sock knitter and I have gone from DPNs to two circs, and now for the last year to the Magic Loop. I like to knit with size 0 and 1 and kept breaking the bamboo needles left and right. But, I found that with two circs too much cable was hanging around. The Magic Loop seems to be a good fit and it is easier on my hands. Recently I bought a pair of Addi Turbo Sock Rockets, and I love them. The sharp tips are great for the kind of intricate knitting I like to do. I plane to get more Sock Rockets.

Kristina

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azblueskies
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Posted - 08/21/2013 :  07:02:21 AM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use two circulars and knit both socks at the same time. I use Addi's and have used the Hiya Hiya.

azblue
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kbshee
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Posted - 08/21/2013 :  10:32:03 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use 2 circs, size 1 or 2, and often use the KnitPicks Nickel plated. I like the points. The needles aren't that expensive (and I misplace them often). I chuckled when I read about breaking bamboo needles, first since I tend to bend the #1s out of shape pretty easily.

And second, because it reminds me of Breaking Bad. Since yarn is our crack, it kind of makes sense.

kim in oregon
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 08/22/2013 :  08:20:57 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like knitting socks both with dpns and with 2 circs. They each have their charm. I tend to just go with whatever the pattern calls for, since that's easier (for me) then translating.

Robinsteph

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Luann
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Posted - 08/22/2013 :  8:46:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
These days I am mostly doing magic loop on a 40" Addi, but sometimes I use two 24" circs or dpns, depending on the yarn, the pattern, my mood, and which needles are available (I tend to have a lot of WIPs.)


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babyprep
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Posted - 08/23/2013 :  5:40:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit babyprep's Homepage Send babyprep a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Any of you have any extra 40" addis you want to sell? Or trade?

Teresa
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kkknitter
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680 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2013 :  03:45:43 AM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Teresa!

I just put in an order for addis Sock Rockets 40" long in size 0, 1, and 2 to http://www.knitnewhaven.com/. They sell them for a very reasonable price. They also have them in 00 and 000! You really should try the Rockets since they are a pleasure to knit with.

Kristina
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jtamsn
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Posted - 08/24/2013 :  8:11:25 PM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use 2 16 inch Addis for socks most of the time. When I do use dp's, I like Susan Bates silverlume. I'm not a fan of bamboo in small dp sizes as they bend on me (I probably hold them too tightly)'
judy
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ikkivan
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USA
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Posted - 09/14/2013 :  5:03:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just noticed this question, so had to put in my own 2 cents ... I've tried all the methods and settled on Magic Loop exclusively now as the one that works best for me; I normally use a 32" bamboo or wood circular in sizes 0 through 2 (and yeah, some are curved, although I prefer to say they are personalized!). I no longer use the nickel-plated or steel needles (although I have many) because the glare bothers my eyes too much. I'll use a 40" for a really large sock.

I also have some of the Kollage square circulars (the new cables) that I like in the tiny sizes; although metal, the finish does not produce much glare. What I really like about them, though, is that they FEEL like a larger size needle in my hands than the small size stitches they produce.

I frequently knit two socks at once, but always on two separate needles. I've tried the two at once on one circular, but that takes away from the portability I like about socks (for me, anyway).

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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