I have never gotten the hang of double-pointed needles. A friend of mine once described them as "fiddly" --- I've yet to come across a better description. At least not one I can type in polite company.
If a pattern calls for DPNs, I just move right along. (I'm the same way with charts.) Over the years, I've become fairly adept at adapting circular patterns for straight needles. Some, though, refuse to be translated. It is especially disheartening when there's something I'd really like to make.
And, yes, I have tried learning over and over and over and over again.
The letters "DPN" send me into spirals of exasperation. Something like this
makes me break out in a cold sweat.