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dbl/dec. magic loop. 2 questions?
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Jan 4, 2013 06:07:31   #
martimac57
 
I have two questions. My first question is : What is a dbl/dec? When I read it I interpret as a double decrease but do not know how to do it. I ran across this in a scarf pattern.

My second question: Why do you use such a long circular for magic loop knitting?
 
Jan 4, 2013 07:07:58   #
joeysomma
 
The longer the circular, the easier it is for magic loop. I use at least a 29 inch. The type of circular is also important. The more flexable the better.
Jan 4, 2013 07:12:34   #
mirl56 (a regular here)
 
I would agree dbl/dec to mean double decrease. The pattern should tell you how to do it somewhere in the directions, maybe near the top, after guage and similar info.

What is the name of the pattern?

http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/centered-double-decrease-english
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-make-double-decreases.html
Jan 4, 2013 07:19:10   #
martimac57
 
It is from a book called 6 Simple Scarves from Annie's Catalogue Scarf B. Thanks for the links.
Jan 5, 2013 07:46:15   #
cydneyjo
 
Flexible cable and length are the secret to Magic Loop knitting.
Jan 5, 2013 17:44:45   #
martimac57
 
Tried magic loop. I was unsuccessful in doing it. However the problem was with my circ. Cable was way too stiff. I need to use a different brand of circ. Boye cable was way to stiff. Any suggestions on circ brand that would work better.
 
Jan 5, 2013 17:47:33   #
martimac57
 
P. S. The dbl/dec is simplier to do than I thought. Slip 2 knitwise, k1, then pass the 2 slip stitches over the knit stitch. I chalk this up as an Ah Hah moment.
Jan 5, 2013 19:06:37   #
MarilynKnits (a regular here)
 
I have a 40 inch Addi size 1 for socks and another Addi 47 inch size 8 that I got to do Cat Bordhi's mobius scarf and use for sweaters that I do in the round. The cable is flexible without being too soft. I also have a ChiaGoo 32 inch size 1 which is just a bit too short to do both socks together but fine to do one at a time. On the smaller size needles I like the lace points to get into those tiny stitches more easily.
Jan 5, 2013 19:07:44   #
RoxyCatlady (a regular here)
 
martimac57 wrote:
Tried magic loop. I was unsuccessful in doing it. However the problem was with my circ. Cable was way too stiff. I need to use a different brand of circ. Boye cable was way to stiff. Any suggestions on circ brand that would work better.


I know that other people say knitpicks needles, but I have never used them. I use Aero needles for magic loop, Susan Bates Silverado needles, (silver colour with black cord, not the grey with plastic cords), Addi Turbo Lace needles, or Denise needles for magic loop. Hope that helps...
Jan 5, 2013 20:41:43   #
evesch
 
Knitpicks circs are good for magic loop also the addies and the HiyaHiyas . One of the reason you want a long cable is that as you move around the if the loop is too short it will unloop itself and stretch your work,,,found that out personally actually trying to use old Boye circs for that technique. Did not work....I always buy very long circs and use magic loop rather than buying different lengths of needles. Much rather put money into needle size than needle length and size.
Jan 5, 2013 20:42:40   #
evesch
 
opps
 
Jan 5, 2013 20:44:05   #
diane647
 
Love Knitters Pride interchangeable circular needles.
Jan 6, 2013 00:09:11   #
cydneyjo
 
martimac57 wrote:
Tried magic loop. I was unsuccessful in doing it. However the problem was with my circ. Cable was way too stiff. I need to use a different brand of circ. Boye cable was way to stiff. Any suggestions on circ brand that would work better.


Any other circular (except some of the ones with thick cords).
 
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