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Magic Loop/Knit in the round
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Jun 11, 2012 15:46:07   #
What's the difference between Magic Loop method and Knit in the round? Is one better than the other? I just started learning Knit in the round, and feel pretty good with it, I want to learn the other, they look the same to me, thanks. Mei.
Jun 11, 2012 16:25:13   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
Magic loop is a method where you use a long circular needle to knit an item in the round that is small in diameter, like a sock, so you don't need to use double pointed needles. I'm sure there are many YouTube videos. I like my double pointed needles.
Jun 11, 2012 16:40:05   #
Thanks for the info, but I still don't understand Knit in the round, is it the same as Magic Loop? Sorry, I just learnt to knit six months ago. Thanks. Mei
Jun 11, 2012 16:45:46   #
Knitting in the round can be done with a circular needle or with a set of double pointed needles. It just means you are knitting something round like a hat, sock, continuous piece. Double pointed needles are short needles and make it possible to knit something small that is round, like sock. You can also use circular needles to knit a sock but the cable is usually too long. When this happens, the magic loop method helps. You are still knitting in the round but you divide your stitches on each side of the cable. If you go to You Tube, search magic loop knitting and you will see. It's difficult to explain it in words. Much easier to see a visual.
Jun 11, 2012 18:59:31   #
Thank you ladies for all your help, I'll get on Utube, I'm more of a visual learner, have a nice evening!
Jun 12, 2012 02:51:40   #
Dreamweaver (a regular here)
BOTH are methods of knitting in the round..... connected knitting in a circle as opposed to knitting back and forth on straight needles. I personally am not a fan of the magic Loop method, but many find it very satisfying...
Jun 12, 2012 06:42:37   #
phoenix knitter
Another KPer directed me to this link for magic loop and I found it very helpful....I am also a visual learner. Hope it helps'
Cheers, Tracey (phoenix knitter)
Jun 12, 2012 08:25:34   #
Knitting in the round is a generic term for knitting something round ( like a hat, socks, etc) without a seam, and magic loop is a technique for knitting in the round.
Jun 12, 2012 09:25:21   #
well I LOVE my DPN's but I also love to learn new things.. so I ordered my 47" size US2 needle from Knit Picks... LOVE it... and I am trying to learn the magic loop method... its a little tricky and I'm nearly done with the toes of my 2 at a time socks but I'm not really sure I'm doing it right either... when I get home from work tonight I'm going to search through all the links given here..... Thanks for the question...
Jun 12, 2012 10:23:48   #
Now I get it, simple interpretation but answered my questions, thank you. So fortunate to join KP, what will I do without you . :):). Mei
Jun 12, 2012 10:39:44   #
Someone please correct me if my explanation of knitting in the round is not completely accurate. It is my understanding that for knitting in the round, you join the yarn and keep knitting around and around, hence the name. If you use double pointed needles, you can create projects of varying sizes using this method (socks, mittens, fingers for gloves, etc.). If you use circular needles, it becomes trickier. The length of your circular needle needs to match your project, when knitting in the round. (So, you will acquire several sets if you make a variety of projects). If you use the magic loop, you can purchase one large circular needle (40+" for example) and use this for many projects with the magic loop. You can knit tiny circular items and just pull the unused cable out. Once you understand the logistics of how to do the magic loop, it is quite simple and can be applied to most every project. You would only need to purchase one long set of circular needles and could use these and the magic loop for many projects. If you watch the link Phoenix Knitter posted above that will help you to understand the magic loop method. (Hard to explain--see the video). Since you have already completed projects knitting in the round, I think that you would comprehend the magic loop concept fairly easily. It works great with socks. I would suggest getting sock yarn, 40" circulars, and trying it with a pair of socks. Let us know what you decide. That is what I used for my first magic loop project. Please PM me, if you have any questions.
Jun 12, 2012 14:43:13   #
I use Magic Loop for almost all my "in the round" projects. Personally, I think it's much faster and less hassle than DPNs. But, to each his own - whatever works, I say.
Jun 12, 2012 15:30:35   #
Wow, I feel so blessed from so many of you to offer me all those info of the Magic Loop method that I don't know how to thank everyone of you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart, it sure brought tears to my eyes, I feel so touched and fortunate to know there are so many kind people out there, God bless! Mei
Jun 12, 2012 17:18:08   #
That's the real greatness of this site. ALL the KPers are such great people, always so generous. I used to belong to several forums but slowly but surely I've dropped out of all but KP. I get everything I need right here. I'll echo your sentiments and say Thanks to all of you!!!!
Jun 12, 2012 20:01:10   #
Well I'm home from work... at work I frogged the toes on my socks and started over... I am going to watch these videos and try to get a better understanding of this.. I know part of my problem is that I am using sock yarn and the pattern is written for worsted weight.. so adding more stitches has been tricky.. I have looked around at some other written patterns and I'm getting there... knowledge wise anyway... thanks again for the post... I am insistant on learning this!! :)
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