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10th-Aug-2011 10:05 am
Knitting: Morticia
So I want to be knitting this.

I am brand new to DPNs. This is the problem I’m having: I cast on per instructions, move stitches to the other DPNs per instructions - but I can’t move more than 5 stitches before it gets too tight for me to wedge my DPN into the next stitch to be moved. I figure I must be doing something terribly wrong, because there’s no way everyone’s turning out puffs like they are on the KAL if they have to fight for every stitch on the cast-on!

Anyone have any tips or ideas? I can do Magic Loop, but don't know how to do that sort of toe-up start, and don't want to have to sew the bottoms of hundreds of puffs.

Also yesterday I seem to have forgotten how to join in the round doing Magic Loop. >.< Yesterday - I just want a do-over on yesterday, everything after like 10am. There's *way* more on my List besides the time issues I ranted about.

For now: shower, house stuff, dragging Elayna off her computer and putting her to work Doing Something so I can actually maybe get some writing done for the first time this week, and then after writing I can try tackling the knitting.
10th-Aug-2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'd be happy to provide in-person knitting help. I'm not sure I can explain either of DPNs or magic loop in text.
10th-Aug-2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
Also that pattern is adorable and *way* more appealing to me than mitered square blankets.
13th-Aug-2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
I know, right?

For the record, I settled on Judy's Magic Cast-On and magic loop.
10th-Aug-2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
Cast-on stitches are less elastic and thus harder to work with. Cast on on two needles, then move to one.
10th-Aug-2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
The first row is done with the sts on just two needles? but in the round? Then it's going to suck. That's what I tell people I'm giving real lessons to - the first round sucks. Slide the sts around on the needle. Cuss a little. five or so sts in sounds about right for where it sucks most. Don't be afraid to knit right up on the points of the needles where the needle is smaller. Maybe cast on a little looser one time. Develope some new and interesting knitting related cussing. It's not the DPNs, it's the first row.
10th-Aug-2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
Oh! Also, you do a long-tail cast on, right? Instead of casting onto one needle and then moving sts, cast on to two needles - the first st onto the front needle, the second st onto the second needle, etc. It's fiddly to get the hang of, but once you've got it it's pretty easy. And it's how I start all my socks, so it should work for the puffs.
10th-Aug-2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
THat only works if you're casting onto something that is going to be closed, like the toe of a sock or a puff as in 'song's pattern. It won't work if you want an open circle (like the cuff of a sock, or a sweater sleeve)

And I know you probably already know that, but just in case a new knitter is reading this and gets confused :)
11th-Aug-2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Right. I was saying specifically for 'song in this case, because she wants to knits something closed (she said she didn't want to sew them up)
13th-Aug-2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
For the record, I settled on Judy's Magic Cast-On and magic loop.

10th-Aug-2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the first row of toe-up *sucks*. And I say that as someone who likes DPNs a lot.

(DPN advice: if they're stabbing you all the time, you might want to try longer needles of the same gauge.)
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10th-Aug-2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
emilytheslayer maybe can. She is a woman of infinite patience.
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13th-Aug-2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
For the record, I settled on Judy's Magic Cast-On and magic loop.
10th-Aug-2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'm not the knitter, my husband is -- but I think he mentioned that some people cast on with one needle size larger than what they plan to use for the rest of the piece. (Maybe that's just for the ribbing on socks? Not sure.)

One other thing is that you may just need to work on your tension. I think having a knitter watch what you do would be most helpful in this case. :)
10th-Aug-2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
I got nothing, but I'm watching the comments with Great Interest. My first and thus far only DPN project was this pinwheel sweater thingy which I made for my friend's toddler, aaaand I'm not even sure she's going to end up getting it. Those first few rows look like somebody puked into a running fan.
13th-Aug-2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
For the record, I settled on Judy's Magic Cast-On and magic loop.
10th-Aug-2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
I love DPNs for socks, and I'm having a bit of trouble with the fiddliness of this particular project myself. I'd echo your other commenters and suggest casting on with a larger sized needle and distributing your caston stitches back to whichever size needles your going with.

I'm a right handed English knitter, and I find that sticking my left or middle index finger between the two needles with live stitches to help a bit, but the first couple of rows are still an absolute bitch. Working in the round on only two needles doesn't give you much wiggle room at all.
10th-Aug-2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
whoops - I meant that to read my left index or left middle finger.
13th-Aug-2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
For the record, I settled on Judy's Magic Cast-On and magic loop. :)
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