While I know how to knit socks on DPNs, and I feel all fancy and special when I do it because people are amazed by the little pickup stick looking needles, I personally prefer to knit my socks with the “Magic Loop” method. The main reason is that I tend to carry my sock knitting around in my purse, and I don’t have to worry about breaking a thin birch needle or the stitches falling off – instead, I move my work down to the loop and put it in my bag with peace of mind that all will be well when I return. Plus, if I’m just doing round-and-round circular knitting, I can do it in the dark of the movie theater or in class during boring lectures. (That was how I survived Biology I last semester, and I made an “A” in the class.)
Thanks to Sara’s ExplaiKnit site (a great resource!), I found a good link to explaining the mystery of the Magic Loop: How to knit small circumferences with one long circular. It really isn’t as hard as it might seem. If you have always feared the DPNs (you shouldn’t, but I understand why you might), but want to knit socks – give it a try!
(I also found a link to a Great Baby Sock Pattern at Sara’s site. I will be adding those to my things I want to knit list for my friends with babies!)