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Now I'm trying to start a round project using double-pointed needles, but I don't think I'm dextrous enough. I have needles sticking out everywhere! Any tips? (besides trying a different project ;-p)

Yes, actually. I've gotten pretty good with these instruments of torture in the past few weeks. To begin......cast onto a regular needle in the same size that you will be working with on the DPNs. Then distribute the cast on stitches onto the DPNs in roughly equal portions. The first two rounds are really the most difficult. I like to rest the needles, fully loaded with the first cast-on stitches on a relatively flat pillow on my lap. I start by making sure that the stitches aren't twisted around the needles in any want the bottom edge to be on the inside of the "circle" of needles all the way around. I suggest that you use 5 needle set-up, rather than a four needle....this means that you'll have the stitches split four ways onto the DPNs with 1 needle to alternate, rather than three ways with 1 needle to alternate. Why? Because there is less tension/pressure on the knitting with the stitches split between 4 needles. The pattern calls for three? Ignore it. At least until you've got a good inch on the work.

The first few stitches of the first round are the most awkward. Don't be shy about tightening the heck out of the first few stitches on the first round. Particularly the very first stitch. It will loosen somewhat as you work the rest of the stitches on Needle #1. You want it tight so that it doesn't show on the finished work as being where you joined the want it to look like one smooth hemline when you're finished. When working in the round, remember that there is no alternating back-and-forth action of rows when you want a stockinet stitch. Instead, you'll just knit round after round after round. The back of the stockinet will appear on the inside of the piece and the "Vs" will appear on the outside. Same goes for purling (though it's really more like reverse stockinet).

You work each round by knitting the stitches off one DPN and onto the spare "alternate" DPN. Each time you get to the end of one DPN and are preparing to move around the circle to the next, be sure to tight the heck out of the first stitch on the next DPN, so that you don't end up with laddering.....knitty explains it better (with pictures even!) than I do:

HTH...if you are having a particular difficulty, let me know and I'll endeavor to help.

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