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Sep 19, 2019 14:22:12   #
susieM
 
I havent done much with dpns but I can see where they are necessary. I bought a big set online, really cheap. I mean really cheap in price but they are really nice. Wood, smooth and in every size. 4 each. The problem is they are 7 in long and they really get in the way of each other. What lenghth is best for hat decreasing?
 
Sep 19, 2019 14:26:29   #
Becca (a regular here)
 
My suggestion so you don't have to rely on dpns, learn magic loop. Yes, it's fiddly, but easy to learn. Or you can try 2 circulars or travelling loop to accomplish the same as dpns. As for length I'd say 5".
Sep 19, 2019 14:29:05   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
susieM wrote:
I havent done much with dpns but I can see where they are necessary. I bought a big set online, really cheap. I mean really cheap in price but they are really nice. Wood, smooth and in every size. 4 each. The problem is they are 7 in long and they really get in the way of each other. What lenghth is best for hat decreasing?


2-3 9-inch circulars! Look it up on Ravelry for hexagon knit projects...the pattern I am talking about starts at the outside and you keep decreasing until the center-most instructed step.
Sep 19, 2019 14:41:20   #
woolywoman (a regular here)
 
I love dpns. I have them in different lengths. 4", 5" and 8". Different lengths for different purposes. You can always move them out of the way if they're too long but you cant make them longer if they're too short.
Sep 19, 2019 14:41:36   #
rainie (a regular here)
 
All my DPNs are 7", be they metal, wood/bamboo or plastic[all gone, broken]. True, when working with something really small, 7" are impractical. I started buying that size in the early '60s and have continued for no good reason.
Sep 19, 2019 14:43:10   #
bokemom (a regular here)
 
I use 8 inch dpns for everything. It was a bit fiddly in the beginning but now I don't even notice the other needles while I'm knitting.
 
Sep 19, 2019 14:54:33   #
Charlotte80 (a regular here)
 
I love dpns. Mine are all 7 inch but i've been knitting a lot of hats lately for donating and have decided to order some 4 inch ones. On second thought I will try magic Loop and 2 circs first.
Sep 19, 2019 15:06:03   #
susieM
 
Thanks kpers. I like all the responses and will probably try all. I dont think I would have had a problem if they just werent too long.
Sep 19, 2019 15:17:29   #
Patricia368
 
I have a set of DP needles that are 6" and there is 5 in each set. I learned how to knit on DP using 5 needles-4 with working yarn and the 5th one to knit with. The person who taught me how to knit with 4 needles said it is easier to knit with four because it isn't so tight in the middle. And once you get on to them it is just great. I use the shorter ones for socks, and baby hats and other sizes sometimes for bigger projects. When you knit in the round you do not have to sew anything together. Because I don't sew knitted stuff together very nice. Blessings to all my KP friends all over the world!!!!
Sep 19, 2019 15:19:28   #
joanmary1 (a regular here)
 
I find five inch is good for smaller things.
Sep 19, 2019 18:36:57   #
vonknit (a regular here)
 
It's whatever you get used to. Because these are new (to you), you are going to be all thumbs. I have used 7 inch, and smaller. The small ones might be useful in one situation, but most of the time they are worth nothing. Mine are all 7-8 inches, and I have some that are 14. Those are a little too long for most things.

But you just need to practice with them. You can only work with TWO needles at a time. The rest are just hanging around, waiting their turn. They don't do anything, other than hold the stitches. They don't get in the way (unless you want them to) and they don't fall out (unless you are too loose). They just are there.... waiting. How you handle them is up to YOU! I have no problem with 6 or more needles in a circle.... I can only work with any two at a time.... the rest are doing nothing!

I should also add that I don't work with dpns much anymore. There is no need! I use circulars for everything, the longer the better, and do everything using ML. When you keep up with the newer techniques, you will never look back. (You need to take a class; as lovely as your grandmother is, she doesn't know the best techniques!) I have long sets in every size, and they fill every need. There is no good reason to use any of those short lengths. (ymmv)
 
Sep 19, 2019 18:59:57   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
I love dpn. I have used every other method of knitting in the round, challenged myself to learn them. I find magic loop too slow. Two circulars are ok but easy to get laddering. I like longer dpn for they are less likely to slide out when I stow them in my bag.
Sep 19, 2019 19:55:40   #
possumlj (a regular here)
 
For small diameter DPNs. I use shish-kebab skewers from the grocery store. Shorten to desired length, and sharpen the blunt end with a knife or a pensil sharpener.
Sep 19, 2019 23:47:21   #
Lilyan (a regular here)
 
I love DPNs and use various lengths depending on the project. I refer to use five needles.
Sep 20, 2019 05:54:03   #
mcmanusp (a regular here)
 
All of my DPNs are 7 inches, and I would not want them any longer.
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