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    Have any of you knitters found a way to knit small circles without douple points? I hate using the darn things. Are there other options?

    Or are they any good double points out there? I have a lot of bamboo and they are snagging my yarn.
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    I don't know any alternatives to DPNs for smaller circumfrences! I'm trying to think of something that could even be physically possible...i really don't know! I do agree that they can be frustrating to work with sometimes.

    As mentioned in the needles post, i usually do use plain old clover bamboo needles so I don't know of many good kinds.

    I'm sorry! I'm of no help on this one! LOL
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    Unfortunaly I think you are stuck with the DP! And I couldn't agree with you more, they stink!!

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    You are so not stuck with DPNs! There are two alternatives to DPNs. One is 2 circulair needles, the other is knitting the Magic Loop method. Instructions for both methods can be found here: http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting...ed_techniques/
    I can do both DPNs and 2 circs but find that I really do prefer the 2 circ method. Hope this helps!

    (Oh and as far as a good set of DPNs, I don't like bamboo needles to begin with so I usually by metal needles. Susan Bates DPNs are nice as are Inox.
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    IMO, dpn's look so much easier than the other two from what I saw on the videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skat130
    IMO, dpn's look so much easier than the other two from what I saw on the videos.
    They're really not. 2 circs is a bit fiddly, but once you try it, it's actually much easier (no chance of losing a needle like dpns).
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    Those videos didn't work for me, but a quick google found some great info. Now I'm torn -- do I get size 8 dps that I know I can do, or do I get a big long circular? Hmmm....
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    Quote Originally Posted by NICURN
    You are so not stuck with DPNs! There are two alternatives to DPNs. One is 2 circulair needles, the other is knitting the Magic Loop method. Instructions for both methods can be found here: http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting...ed_techniques/
    I can do both DPNs and 2 circs but find that I really do prefer the 2 circ method. Hope this helps!

    (Oh and as far as a good set of DPNs, I don't like bamboo needles to begin with so I usually by metal needles. Susan Bates DPNs are nice as are Inox.
    Oh thats right, someone else mentioend these before here (maybe it was you? ) I had forgotten about it. I still haven't looked to see what the technique actually is for either one. I may have to go check it, just out of curiosity!
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    When I was making the sleeves of my raglan (in the round) I only had my circular needle and was getting frustrated because it was way too big for the sleeves . And then I realized that if I put 6-8 stitches on a dpn, and then slid all the stitches from one end of the circular to the other side and started knitting on the first side, it worked really smoothly and I didn't have to buy more needles . It even worked when the dpn was +/- one full mm (though I only did that for a few rows and I knit them really tightly ).

    I suppose it would be even easier with two circular needles.
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    The magic loop works!

    I'm down to the legs on the soaker now, so I used a 40" sz 8 instead of dps.

    This is the confusion I'm dealing with at the moment:



    But it's not that bad once I get the needles oriented right. Can you see at the front where I'm knitting one leg?



    Thanks nicurn!
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