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Oct 30, 2012 05:24:10   #
Mary Cardiff (a regular here)
 
I have been a Big fan of the magic loop, on 32inch needles I have made socks, mitts,Yesterday started a hat 112 sts,I am not very happy knitting that many stitches on a 32 inch magic loop,.I have been practicing, on the two sets of needles,And I am finding it so much easier,
 
Oct 30, 2012 07:25:03   #
Carol J.
 
I have knit socks with two circulars and found that to be easier than using the long needle in a loop. I still prefer dpn's for socks and a 16 inch circular for a cap though. Using dpn's for sock and mittens saves me the time it would take to pull the work from one end of the magic loop to the other to work the stitches.

Carol J.
Oct 30, 2012 09:52:25   #
Yarn Happy
 
I tried both and went back to magic loop, I did not like the extra hanging tips. I think you would like magic loop better with a longer needle. I like the 47 inch the best, especially for two of something or anything larger.
Oct 30, 2012 10:25:59   #
jumbleburt
 
It's all a matter of personal preference and, for me, budget. I bought 47" addi turbos in size 3 for socks (which I'd never done before), but I happen to have 2 sets of shorter circulars in size 8, so I use them for a lot of things and wouldn't bother to buy turbos in that size. In the future, if I have one circular I'll probably buy another shorter one in that size but if I don't I'll choose one set of turbos over 2 shorter sets.
Oct 31, 2012 05:43:21   #
Palenque1978
 
Mary Cardiff wrote:
I have been a Big fan of the magic loop, on 32inch needles I have made socks, mitts,Yesterday started a hat 112 sts,I am not very happy knitting that many stitches on a 32 inch magic loop,.I have been practicing, on the two sets of needles,And I am finding it so much easier,


I've never tried magic loop; nevertheless, I'm quite content knitting socks with two circs. Actually, I love it; it's a piece of cake. I'm glad you're finding it easier; keep up the good work.
Oct 31, 2012 07:22:19   #
Carol J.
 
When I used two 16 inch circulars to knit socks, each one had a different color tip. That way I didn't start knitting the wrong one. I lent these needles to a friend so she can knit socks now. Give me the old fashioned dpn's, I have better luck and speed with them and I have so many.

Carol J.
 
Oct 31, 2012 07:31:37   #
grmpookie
 
I found knitting with two circular needles by accident and I like it a lot better than the magic loop. I couldn't get the hang of doing the magic loop. Others have questioned using dp needles and I suggested knitting with the two needles. There is no confusion for me.
Oct 31, 2012 08:40:16   #
PJ
 
I knit everything in the round on 2 circs. With socks, it makes it easy to follow the pattern as the heel stitches are all together on one needle and the instep on the other.
Oct 31, 2012 09:07:32   #
AmyKnits (account disabled)
 
PJ wrote:
I knit everything in the round on 2 circs. With socks, it makes it easy to follow the pattern as the heel stitches are all together on one needle and the instep on the other.


I agree with PJ I use the 2 circulars. Easier than magic loop.
Oct 31, 2012 11:05:41   #
Jean in VA
 
I too knit most small circular things with two circular needles. However, if you have an unforgiving yarn, like linen, watch carefully and be sure to rotate your stopping point. I have a sweater that has ladders on one sleeve because I didn't notice the problem. Much easier if you have two sets of needles that are of identical size (same manufacturer).
Nov 1, 2012 00:35:59   #
m_azingrace (a regular here)
 
I've tried magic loop a couple of times, thinking it would be a good technique to master, but I find it very awkward compared to using two cirulars. I suppose it's a matter of preferrence.
 
Nov 2, 2012 21:51:43   #
chooksnpinkroses (a regular here)
 
Carol J. wrote:
I have knit socks with two circulars and found that to be easier than using the long needle in a loop. I still prefer dpn's for socks and a 16 inch circular for a cap though. Using dpn's for sock and mittens saves me the time it would take to pull the work from one end of the magic loop to the other to work the stitches.

Carol J.


Me too! :) :) :)
 
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