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Date: 1/27/11 10:35 AM

I'm a new knitter with an ebay gift certificate - a dangerous combination. I don't have any DPNs yet. So, if I want to buy a whole set of bamboo DPNS, it'll cost me $20-$30. That's OK. But what length??? Between ebay and Amazon, I've seen 5", 6", 7", and 8".

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Subject: What llength DPNs to buy? Date: 1/27/11 11:19 AM

What do you want to knit? I have 5" which are great for socks but a bit nerve wracking for necks, although I have used them for such. If I had my time over I think I'd get 7". If you are ordering them from china you can probably afford two sets. You'll just have to wait forever for them to arrive! There are some very good knitting forums out there, Ravelry being the best in my opinion. You'll get a lot of help there.

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Subject: What llength DPNs to buy? Date: 1/27/11 11:55 AM

I want to knit everything! Seriously, I don't know if I have a real preference yet. Right now I'm working on a hat but haven't decided on my second project. I guess I'm looking for the "generalist" set that will be useful in the most situations. I need a starting point from which to move on and develop preferences :)

I've been looking around Ravelry and knittinghelp but haven't posted anything on those boards yet.

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Subject: What llength DPNs to buy? Date: 1/27/11 12:14 PM

I like the 8". See if you can get used one off of ebay you could get a wide range of sizes. hope this helps.

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Subject: What llength DPNs to buy? Date: 1/27/11 12:25 PM

What type of yarn do you want to knit? fine sock yarn? sport weight? worsted? I'd say the heavier the yarn the longer the needles.

But $20 for a set of DPNs? Has it been that long since I bought a pair? Of course I only knit socks on them and mine are tiny size 1's.

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Subject: What llength DPNs to buy? Date: 1/27/11 12:34 PM

I prefer the 7" length myself. I like to do socks, hats, mittens & let us not forget I-chords are only done on double points.
I found on 5" that I would loose stitches too easily. If you can afford it I would get a couple of sets of your favorite size... for me that is 5, 7 & 9. And Size 13 for felting projects, 13s do not usually come in a set. Then if you start one project & want to put it aside for a little while you will still have another set to work with.
I prefer the wood for socks, the metal just did not seem to be as flexible to me. But for I-chords I prefer metal as the yarn slides easier from end to end.
I hope you get a great deal on some nice ones. .... one experience when buying from Hong Kong ...be patient with the shipping it took nearly 3 weeks when I ordered a pair from them once & they were not as smooth as other ones.
I hope you enjoy your projects

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Subject: What llength DPNs to buy? Date: 1/27/11 2:10 PM

Check out circulars too! I hate dpns and do all my round knitting with circs.

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Date: 1/27/11 9:00 PM

Thanks all for the advice. I bought a set of 7 inch U-nitt patina bamboo DPNs, sizes 1-15. I got it for about $2.00 cheaper on ebay than Amazon but I was able to use my gift certificate so it was free for me!

I am also looking at circular needles. I have a couple of those already. I like using circular so far but figured it would be a good idea to have DPNs.

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Date: 1/28/11 7:40 AM

The majority of mine are 7" which seems to work well for most projects. For smaller sizes and very fine yarn, I use the 6".

I prefer DPNs to circulars myself. I don't mind using a circular for back and forth knitting on a large project - like a blanket I'm knitting right now. But for knitting in the round, I totally reach for the DPNs.

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Date: 1/28/11 8:57 AM

I use circulars for all my knitting needs. I found that my left fingers would go numb when I knit with dpn and last for a few days afterwards.
I have the Addi clicks and with different length cords and all interchangable needles of very good quality. They are pricey to start but are the most complete way to be ready for almost all knitting needs. I only needed to get some of the jumbo sizes.

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