Double Pointed Needles
I made my very first pair of mittens on double pointed needles just before Christmas. I liked it so much, I made another pair of gloves, and 3 pairs of children's mittens. I couldn't get enough of the double pointed needle action that I decided to make socks! Now, probably mostly related to the double pointed needle mania I LOVE making socks too.
Why are double pointed needles so great? Let me count the ways:
- They make me feel sophisticated. Hey! I can knit with 4 needles at once.... Well sorta
- I get a little rush of accomplishment every time I finish a needle and move on to the next one (yes, I know I'm really easy to please).
- You always know where the start of the round is. It's usually at the break between 2 needles, unless you moved it for some reason.
- You have 3 "built in" stitch markers! It's easy to arrange the stitches so that the break in the needles falls just where you need a marker (like where you put the gusset in socks, or start decreasing for the toe, or to section off a cable pattern, etc)
- You can have as few stitches on the needles as you want without them ever getting too tight to work. Yes I know that you are limited on having too many, or they'll fall off the ends, but dpn DO make decreasing at the top of a hat much easier, admit it.
- They are always at the correct angles so they don't hurt my wrists. I have problems with circular needles wanting to both droop down under the weight of the stitches, when I want my right hand needle up at an angle.
- You only ever have to deal with the weight of 1/3 of the stitches on your right hand, while the rest hangs nicely centered in the middle.
- It's really easy to switch in a different sized needle for that 1 small section where your gauge goes all wonky, and then to switch back. (my stockingette is notoriously looser when knit back and forth than it is in the round, so I down grade my needles for the heel flap of my socks).