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Do you like to use 4 needles or 5?
Three needles with stitches plus one working needle or four needles with stitches plus one working needle.

I've switched to 5 but I find it a bit too fiddly.
I know a lot of you use magic loop but I'm curious about those who use DPNs.
 

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I think it comes down to personal preference. The more stitches that are required for the project, the more needles I like to use. Usually, I prefer to use 4 DPN with the 5th working the stitches . I find I get less of a "gap"/stretching between needles -- just me.
 

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For me, it's either 5 double-points or 2 circulars. If the project needs to go with me, the circulars let me slip everything to the centers of the cords and be assured that no stitches will fall off the needles. I keep the front of sock on one needle and the back on the other.
 

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I prefer 5 needles. That's how I learned as a child just never changed it. I have tried knitting socks with a short circular, it just doesn't work for me. I use the DP
needle, 2 sets and make 2 at a time my way. Its different but works for me.
 

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well I have mostly have sets that contain 5 and many sizes that I have multiple sets. I have been know to use as many as necessary. cause I don't like the old cables, I do however like circular knitting.
 

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puppe5 said:
I prefer 5 needles. That's how I learned as a child just never changed it. I have tried knitting socks with a short circular, it just doesn't work for me. I use the DP
needle, 2 sets and make 2 at a time my way. Its different but works for me.
I do the same. I knit 2 at a time. Each on a separate set of double points.
 

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When knitting anything using DPN’s I have always used 5 needles. I learned that way and find it quite comfortable. The exception might be if there are very few stitches, such as near the top of a hat, or the fingers of a glove.
 

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I was taught to use 5...but in doing a very small area like socks, the top of a hat or small baby items I prefer to use just 4.....after you have knit with them for awhile you don't get ladders & they are much more comfortable imo....
 

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I use 4 needles total for socks. I find it is convenient to have the sole stitches on one needle and the other two top of the foot hold each a quarter of the stitches. This puts most increases and decreases on the ends of the needles and easy to keep track of. I never have ladders.
 

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crispie said:
I think it comes down to personal preference. The more stitches that are required for the project, the more needles I like to use. Usually, I prefer to use 4 DPN with the 5th working the stitches . I find I get less of a "gap"/stretching between needles -- just me.
Not just you, I find the same thing.
 

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I have swapped to mostly doing two circulars but I prefer 5 dpn for socks. I like even numbers of stitches and symmetrical work whenever possible.

I do two at a time either way. On dpns I just work one inside the other.
 
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