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Jan 8, 2017 09:21:55   #
New to KP and love the way everyone tries to help! My question is, what is the purpose of Magic Loop? I learned (self taught) over 50 years ago to Knit but never heard of magic loop. Due to raising 2 children and working I haven't picked up my knitting needles for about 50 years. Now that I have retired I'm enjoying Knitting again, starting all over learning new things it has been wonderful. I have heard so much about the need to learn magic loop from so many of you. I have watched YouTube videos, but I haven't been able to understand why. I know this is a crazy question, but I need to wrap my brain around this so I can move forward and learn how to do this with a purpose. Thanks to all of you for making this a great resource for all that loves being in the craft world.
Jan 8, 2017 09:26:14   #
I am determined to learn magic loop to avoid DPN's (double point needles) on small circular items such as socks, mittens, hats etc.. I just can't manage DPN's effectively. I'm sure others will have other reasons.
Jan 8, 2017 09:26:26   #
gigi 722 (a regular here)
I will be no help. I can do it but see no real purpose. I use DPN when I need to knit in the round.
Jan 8, 2017 09:26:37   #
It's for knitting in the round without using double-pointed needles. It is my go-to method for just about anything knit in the round.
Jan 8, 2017 09:27:03   #
Magic loop is a technique which replaces the need for double pointed needles for most projects. You set it up with half the stitches on each point and bend the cord in the middle. There are several good you tube videos which picture it well, but basically you pull the back needle out and begin knitting. It sounds much more difficult than it really is! Good luck!
Jan 8, 2017 09:28:09   #
BarbaraBL (a regular here)
I wanted to try it because I was getting ladders (no matter how I tugged etc) with dpns and Magic Loop does not show ladders. Also, I do a lot of knitting on long journeys in the car and was forever dropping one of my dpns. It took a bit of getting used to Magic Loop but I am enjoying using it now.
Jan 8, 2017 09:33:11   #
There is no NEED to learn magic loop, or 2 circs, or any of the other methods if you don't want to, and are happy with whatever you're using. I started using circulars when I was doing some of my knitting on public transportation - didn't have to worry about dropping a needle and having it roll away from me. I gave away most of my straight needles, because I like the circulars, even for knitting flat. And I like double points for small circles. I've tried other methods and CAN use them, but don't particularly like to. As the saying goes: to each, his own.
Jan 8, 2017 09:35:53   #
tmvasquez (a regular here)
I can't get the hang of it so I'm still using dpns. I would like to figure out magic loop so I can do 2 at a time socks. Oh well, I hope you have better luck then I have.
Jan 8, 2017 09:37:17   #
So is magic loop used for joining a circle in the round, similar to making a chain and joining it in crochet?
Jan 8, 2017 09:39:14   #
Kansas g-ma (a regular here)
ML is also my go-to for knitting small items both at the same time. Socks come to mind-- no "second sock syndrome" at this house. I also like that I can't drop a needle, even though I don't use public transportation. I'll be using it for mittens later this year-- got a request from DD#2 who is a teacher so I see mittens using my scraps.
Jan 8, 2017 09:40:28   #
yes I love it as I have never got used to dpn once you get the hang of it you will never go back
Jan 8, 2017 09:43:44   #
BarbaraBL (a regular here)
tmvasquez wrote:
I can't get the hang of it so I'm still using dpns. I would like to figure out magic loop so I can do 2 at a time socks. Oh well, I hope you have better luck then I have.

Keep at it tmvasquez! I am not good with learning new techniques but I persevered and it only took a couple of frustrating tries and then it clicked. Well worth learning.
Jan 8, 2017 09:58:28   #
jmcret05 (a regular here)
I think most people who use Magic Loop will give you several reasons. I'll give you mine.

The cable between the needles holds the weight of your project and reduces the strain on your wrist, as opposed to straights.
You can work any size circle, closing top of hat, or starting toe of socks with the same set that you start your project with. No need to change.
I never have ladders when using Magic Loop as opposed to DPNs.
The two needles being connected by a cable means you can't drop a needle and lose it temporarily, or permanently.
When you are interupted, you can push the stitches back onto the cable and not have to think about losing stitches.
This pertains more to them being interchangeables, but you can change out the needles, use end caps and use the needles on another project.

I'm sure there are more.

Jan 8, 2017 10:11:19   #
I'm not able to use DPNs because of the way I hold my needles when I knit, so I am excited to learn magic loop. My LYS is having a magic loop class at the end of the month, and then a sock class using magic loop early next month. So happy to finally be able to knit socks !!
Jan 8, 2017 10:11:45   #
christiehl wrote:
yes I love it as I have never got used to dpn once you get the hang of it you will never go back

Ditto - never got the hang of DPNs and now don't need to!
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