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What I did was to google "magic loop" and found numerous sites for it; some were videos. It looks very easy, but I'm not very good at explaining things, especially, without getting too long-winded! I haven't, actually, used it yet, but will when I decide to make things, like socks, that use it. A lot of the others on this forum use it all the time.
 

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Louise Holter said:
I have seen pats that call for magic loop to start. I' m very new to this site and not very computer savy so hope I can find the answer
Are you looking for the method to cast on for a small loop (for starting circular shawls, etc.), that is Emily Ocker's Cast On.


If you are looking for knitting with long circular needles for small tubes, the method is called Magic Loop. This is an alternative to knitting with DPN, double pointed needles.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/magic-loop
 

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I found that if you watch all the available videos, that it helps because you get more information and you learn from each one. Verypink has a great video. I mastered it in Feb. It really is tricky to start especially using the provisional cast one. I just finished my toe up magic loop socks about a week ago. I would suggest learning cuff down at first just to get used to it.
How I do it: cast on all stitches, find center of your stitches, pull cable out com between these stitches, now put your needle tips together, tips pointed in same direction one on top of the other, , now make sure your yarn is in the back of the back needle, pull out back needle from stitches, start knitting on front needle, when all those stitches are knitted across, now push the needle onto the finished stitches, turn your needles. The front needle becomes the back needle. Always make sure your yarn is in the back and in an up position. This will prevent the yarn from getting twisted or wrapped around your frint needlewhen you begin again. I think if you find a good video and kinda follow my instructions I know you will get it. Good luck. Just take one step at a time. It will click.
 

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Louise Holter said:
I have seen pats that call for magic loop to start. I' m very new to this site and not very computer savy so hope I can find the answer
Are you talking about magic loop for starting crochet in the round so you have a small hole or are you talking about using magic loop with circular knitting needles in order to knit in the round with circulars instead of using DPN?
 

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I had never heard of "magic loop" knitting. I watched both videos and added the site to my favorites to refer to again. I do not like dp needles so this is great. Once again, thanks to all who contribute. I have learned so much that actually has me knitting more and really enjoying much more.
 

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Thanks to all for the advice here, and the subject coming up again. I have studied "magic loop" in knitting in a number of places before joining KP. I now feel encouraged to get right down to it :thumbup:
 

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liat gat has the best youtube video for magic loop. (she has two... I like the 2010 version better than 2009) She shows you how to fold the cable and line up your stitches so they don't get twisted. I had never done this until last week when I made a toddler hat using this method. It was so easy. I will never use dp needles again.
 

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Marg gave Peggy a very good reason for Magic Looping.
Most of us use it for convenience, It's just so much easier to replace all DPN knitting, once you get used to it. I'll admit that it took me several tries when I joined KP last summer. I had never heard of it while being away from knitting for a decade or 2 with other businesses.
This newer generation of knitters has developed such fabulous new tools and tricks!! I learned to knit over 65 years ago and was very stuck-in-my-ways, Still cannot 'pick' because I cannot slow down or do it w/o looking, like I can as a thrower.

I feel that Cat Bordhi gives the best explanation online. She even a better version of Judi Becker's Magic Knot that Judi does:
Here are my favorite Links:
Cat Bordhi's Methods:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypL3dEJWm0o

Good Explanation & picture:

Magic Loop vs DPNs vs 2 circs

Very Pink: provisional Cast On
(Short-row the toe first then work the foot, heel & leg)

No talking, just demo:

I too vote for Magic Loop!
But there is also the (1 loop) Traveling Loop method if the 2 loop method is a bit too much to absorb or comprehend:
1 loop - Traveling Loop
Single (Travelling*) Loop: option for small circumference knitting -
http://impeccableknits.wordpress.com/traveling-loop/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULE7jFEkmvg

Make Non-slip Slipper/shoes for next Winter:
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http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lifestyle-toe-up-socks---no-swatch-needed

http://pulsh.blogspot.com/2009/05/lifestyle-socks-videos.html
 
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