I'm a fairly new knitter, but I was reading the Sockintine Sock Swap thread and suddenly decided that I MUST KNIT SOCKS.
I have one pair of Clover bamboo DPNs, size 8, that I bought at Michaels. I pulled these out to see if I could knit in the round with them, and lo and behold, I could! No ladders, and once I got past the first few rounds, it was easy. (I am also a passable knitter with Magic Loop, which is why I wasn't sure if I could use DPNs.)
Anyway, I have a suspicion that I'm doing something wrong. Is the knitting supposed to be growing towards me, or away from me? As in, the tube will touch my stomach if it grows much longer, or, the tube will touch my knees soon? My knitting is coming out towards me. The stitches look like they're supposed to, I think, but I wanted to check before I actually tried to knit a sock and it turned out as a mess of yarn that hardly resembled a sock.
And while I'm on the subject, does anyone have a preference for DPNs? Metal, bamboo? Something else? I like the bamboo ones I'm knitting with, but they're not very sharp, which is somewhat of a disadvantage for me. Michaels and Joann of course have very small supplies of double pointed needles, so I'm limited to buying online. I think I'll mainly be using DPNs for socks, and ML with my KP Options for hats and larger things (because a lot of sock patterns are already written for DPN, and I'm not advanced enough to translate them into ML), which means I'll need small DPN sizes. Suggestions? Opinions?
Phew! If you can actually find what I'm trying to ask amidst all that stuff, I applaud you. :thud: