What length of dpns and size to knit a Fishermans Kep

I knit socks etc. By magic loop, but ld like to try symphonie dpns to knit my first kep. Does anyone know what length dpns and what size is used most commonly?

Hi,
It will depend which yarn you choose to use and on your gauge of course but, it seems
that most kep patterns are in fingering so the needle sizes will be on the smaller side, as with socks, anything 3.5mm downwards. Lots of stitches I imagine, so 6"- 8" dpns or whatever you find comfortable using.
I did a kep some years ago but using DK weight and circulars, will you do a fairisle one or a fisherman’s ribbed style?
Best of luck with your project.

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Thank you so much for replying you have great advice. I plan to do Fairisle

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Lovely, do you have a pattern in mind?
Your question got me all fired up to do another kep lol, I did a ravelry search yesterday and have queued a few I found for when I’m ready to start.
(must not get distracted from current wips!!) :smile:

You are welcome to look at my favourites in ravelry. I’ve managed to find 6 patterns. lm working under pressure for Xmas sock knitting so it will be a wee while until l can sit down, study them and enjoy the process. My ravelry name is
KnittingBandit1

I also bought the Shetland museum kep and joined the group on Facebook.

Are you going to dpn or magic round?

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My rav name is the same as on here and thank you, I will have a quick look the next time I visit over there.
I’ll probably use dpns for it, but I won’t be starting anytime soon either - must reduce the wip pile before casting on any new projects lol.
Sending you swift knitting vibes for your Xmas socks.

Linda, l visited your Ravelry and fished your free patterns.
Considering the full range of yarns, what size needles should l purchase?
Love crafts have a really good offer on 20cm and 15cm Symphonie dpns today, and ld like to purchase some today.
I love your knits, you are an awesome knitter!!

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I’m so sorry not to have replied sooner but I’ve had an unexpected stay at hospital for a few days!! ( not covid I hasten to add)
If you mean the aran (10ply, worsted) hats I made a while back I think I used 4mm circs for the brim and 5mm for the body of the hat.
I’m really sorry if my lack of response has made you miss out on their offer - I didn’t have my phone with me ( not that I could have answered anything while unconscious lol)
Good luck and fish away all you want :grin:

Hope you are feeling better, it’s nice to have you back. :blush:

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Thank you x
It’s really good to be back and yes, I’m healing nicely. Lots of guilt free knitting time ahead so something nice to look forward to.

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Glad to hear that you’re feeling better and that you’re making the best of recuperation time. I hope we get to see more of the gorgeous items that you’re knitting.

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Thank you salmonmac x

Oh l do hope you are feeling better, l pray you good health and a rapid recovery.
I wont be getting near my first kep until mid January as my daughter Molly Rose has a t shirt she wants me to knit.
Never mind the sale, l just bought 4.5 Symphonie dpns to practice using them again for a Xmas slipper/sock gift for my 2nd nephew Christopher. I will have a wee spree when lve tried the kep on magic lip first.
Just a note, theres a beautiful Finnish sock pattern book releasing January 31st 2022 on Amazon. It is stunning. It might be worth a wee look.
Thank you for your support, l will probably be needing help when l begin my kep.
Kindest regards from N lreland xx

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Thank you for the good wishes, I’ve needed them today - tomorrow will be better though I’m sure.
It’s lovely that your daughter likes you to knit for her, my daughter never had much interest in handknits when she was little and she has even less now as a grown woman lol I thought maybe when she had children herself it might change, sadly not. My daughter in law, however, loves hand knits :sparkling_heart:
I’ll have a look for that book you mentioned, sounds interesting, thanks.
Feel free to ask for help with any future projects at any time, this is a wonderfully friendly group full of very talented people and we’re all learning from each other all the time.
Best Wishes from S.Wales

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