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Oct 30, 2015 20:00:17   #
alioops6
 
Could someone please tell me what is the difference between "magic Loop" and regular circular knitting needles? Is the cable on the magic loop longer & more flexible & does it require a different technique to use?? Thank you for any info on this!
 
Oct 30, 2015 20:05:38   #
WindingRoad
 
alioops6 wrote:
Could someone please tell me what is the difference between "magic Loop" and regular circular knitting needles? Is the cable on the magic loop longer & more flexible & does it require a different technique to use?? Thank you for any info on this!


With circular needles you can either knit flat or in the round. Back and forth as you would with straight needles or you can knit in the round. That is magic loop. No need for DPN's. IMHO the cable should be soft ( not limp) and flexible in either case.
Oct 30, 2015 20:05:51   #
mattie cat (a regular here)
 
Magic Loop is a technique, not a needle. It is just a circular needle with a long flexible cord. Google "magic loop" and you will get tons of videos to watch on how to do it.
And, welcome from Southern California.
Oct 30, 2015 20:09:24   #
cindye6556
 
http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-369379-1.html

M.L. is a technique, using circular needles that are at least 32-40" long. The more flexible your cable is the easier it is to accomplish. Do a search here on forum for magic loop, or click on workshop link in my signature line

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Oct 30, 2015 20:10:26   #
Ask4j
 
mattie cat wrote:
Magic Loop is a technique, not a needle. It is just a circular needle with a long flexible cord. Google "magic loop" and you will get tons of videos to watch on how to do it.
And, welcome from Southern California.


You nailed it!
:thumbup:
Oct 30, 2015 20:12:38   #
44gram (a regular here)
 
One of the KP'ers posted a link for an ebook offered by KnittingDaily that might be of use to you

http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-369379-1.html

Hope this helps you
 
Oct 30, 2015 20:42:46   #
alioops6
 
Thank you all for your help!!! I feel so much wiser :-) I have circular needles, so I will check out the tutorials & give it a go.
Much thanks all!
Oct 30, 2015 21:03:15   #
alioops6
 
oh!! Thank you for the info...I will definitely check out some tutorials. It's great if I can use my circular needles and not have to purchase anything else (more $ for yarn!! LOL) :-)
Oct 30, 2015 21:05:23   #
alioops6
 
Thank you! It'll be great to have a substitute for (not) using DPN's!! :D
Oct 30, 2015 21:16:11   #
cindye6556
 
alioops6 wrote:
Thank you! It'll be great to have a substitute for (not) using DPN's!! :D


Yes with M.L. can go from start to finish, no need for DPNs. Mine are now plant stakes/markers.
Oct 31, 2015 01:05:49   #
MissNettie (a regular here)
 
Welcome to KP. No difference between regular circular needles and ones used for magic loop, they just have to be extremely long for the technique to work.










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Oct 31, 2015 08:29:36   #
Scargot 10
 
I read an article about a knitter using two sets of circular needles two different colors of the same size so that you never get confused as to where you are on a round. Thought I would try it and I love it.
Oct 31, 2015 09:56:21   #
alioops6
 
I don't know, but THAT sounds confusing!! lol Let me know how that works out if you try it :)
Oct 31, 2015 10:08:02   #
yeddie52
 
That link was amazing. I love this group, always learning something new. With the help of that link I finally got the hang of the magic loop. Guess it takes a while to sink into this brain.
Oct 31, 2015 10:09:48   #
cindye6556
 
alioops6 wrote:
I don't know, but THAT sounds confusing!! lol Let me know how that works out if you try it :)


It really isn't. It's just using 2 circular needles instead of M.L. Some find having 2nd needle a different color makes it easier to know which needle you're knitting from/to.
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