A hot topic . . . in knitting, at least. With magic loop and other circs available, I feel that many knitters have given up on DPNs as old-fashioned and hard to manage. I was knitting on some DPNs in the airport a few months back and heard a man whisper to his (also) knitting wife: “can you do that?” She was a little miffed, I think, and responded, “yes, but I wouldn’t want to.” So, today, a brief defense AND an informal survey.
Here’s why I like my DPNs and own a set in just about every size:
- the way they click and the way they move out of the way of the next needle–it’s a bit of an acrobat show, and I love that my fingers know what to do
- the way they fold up and can be fairly secure without needing any extra clamps or tools; it took me a while, but I have developed the perfect fold.
- they are relatively cheap and you can own multiple sets (for working on multiple socks); a plus, if you are not a monogamous knitter
- I’m not a fan of magic loop (especially for socks and mittens)–it has it’s place, no doubt and I have used the technique many times, but if I have my druthers, I go for the DPNs instead
- I’m not a fan of fixed circs either: there are too many variations to purchase them all, and the joins need to be excellent for things to slide smoothly. I love my Addi interchangeables, but I have not been able to find them in sock sizes–am I looking in the wrong places?? Please advise!
- they are a little old fashioned and out of style (yep, that’s me, I guess)
- I sense that you can do more with DPNs . . . but maybe I’m just reaching
- keeping one behind my ear makes me feel a little dangerous
The problems: well, ok, yes, if you leave them on the couch, they can stab you in the ass. If you are using them in a car and gesture too wildly (or simply have one in your hand when you go to pull out more yarn), you can injury yourself–and others. If you don’t shift stitches around, your knitting can develop small lines or ladders.
What about you all? How many of you still use DPNs and for what projects?