A half knit toe-up sock sits next to a large ball of yarn on a white window sill. Socks are shown on a set of flexible double pointed needles.

Falling back in love with DPNs

You will have heard me say many times before how much I dislike knitting with double pointed needles (DPNs) so I won’t hold it against you for being a little surprised by the title of today’s blog post! I still think that the traditional five needle set of DPNs are frustrating, fiddly, painful when sat on and easily lost or broken (usually as a result of being sat on). They are the reason I discovered magic loop and probably the reason why I instantly fell in love with it. Not only were there just two needles to contend with, but as I wasn’t constantly rearranging stitches I was able to get in to more of a groove when knitting. Casting on was also a lot less stressful! I’m fairly sure that this is how things would have stayed had I not had the opportunity to try a set of Addi CraSy Trios. If these needles can change the way I think about DPNs then of course I’m going to share them, and maybe help you too!

What makes them so different?

Each set comes with only three needles. They look very much like an incredibly short circular needle with a short metal tip, 8.5 cm long, at either end of a short, flexible cable. Each needle has a combination of a blunt tip at one end and a sharp tip at the other. Something I wish I had realised before I cast on my toe up sock! With only three needles the actually act of knitting is very much like magic loop. You spread your stitches evenly over two of the needles but instead of shuffling the needles around on the cable you simply use the third needle to knit with, as you would with DPNs.

what are they like to knit with?

I thought that I would struggle with the shorter needle tips, being so used to my longer circulars, but actually the flexible cable means they can bend. This makes them quite comfortable to hold, particularly for long periods. I also feel that I am able to knit quicker. This one could simply be a figment of my imagination but without all the needles to shuffle between and without a cable to rearrange it certainly feels as though I can zip around the rows much quicker.

are they just for socks?

The needles I have are only 21 cm long, but Addi do offer a longer 26 cm version, and with sizes from 2 – 5 mm I think you could use these as an alterative to knitting any kind of small circumference in the round. They also offer sets with bamboo tips if you prefer knitting with wooden needles.

I have been pleasantly surprised by these needles, and they really do seem to have the best of both worlds. They are currently my go-to for sock knitting now, the only problem is I only have one set. This could be a good thing though, it might help me to limit the amount of socks I have on the go at once!

Are you a lover or hater of DPNs? I’d love to hear your needle of choice when it comes to knitting socks? Let me know below or you can find me @theconciousknitter over on Instagram.

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2 comments

  1. I have a real love-hate relationship with DPNs. Love knitting with them, hate it when all my stitches fall off when I carry my knitting somewhere. I really need to get some needle blocks in size that actually fits my needles! These look interesting though… not having to shuffled over stitches is always a good thing.

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    • I’ve taken these camping and find them really good for travelling. The stitches sit more on the cable in the middle making them less likely to escape!

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