Monday, September 05, 2011

This is really MAGIC !


The magic loop technique is very well known & is a favorite among knitters. Although it's a great technique, I have not been very fond of it. I find the pulling & pushing of the cord & needles cumbersome & time consuming. In addition, I sometimes have a ladder at the sides which I don't have when I am using dpns. So for small projects & sleeves, I always rely on my favorite dpns until yesterday .....

.... I found this & this ! Watch the youtube video as it's much easier to understand.

It's really MAGIC & I love it. There's only 1 loop & there is a little pulling of the cable but no ladder at the start of the round. I just can't believe my eyes as I knit round & round. Maybe some of you have already discovered this technique but if not, give it a try. It's definitely better than the magic loop !


This is a hat that I cast on last night & I am knitting away on the travelling loop. It's so much easier than the magic loop. I was so excited last night that I could not put the knitting down & I knew that I had to spread the word around.

Happy travel looping !

7 comments:

Rose Red said...

I have read about this before but never tried it. I quite like magic loop but I tend to get a bit of a fold where the sides meet (rather than a ladder). I think because I tug those stitches really tight. I should give this a go next time I am knitting something in the round.

Momo4ever.Com said...

I always put at least 3 sts on the right needle as I tend to knit the stitches a bit too tightly when doing magic loop to avoid ladders :)

2paw said...

I think I have accidentally done this when I decease at the crown of a hat!! I am not very good with any extra loops though, I always end up in a muddle!! I am glad you have found it to be such a great technique!!

Al Mauroni said...

Thank you so much for the improved Magic Loop info!!! I can't wait to try it as I tended to pull too tightly and could see that in my socks and sleeves.
Your hat is very pretty, is it for the design competition? Is that a tubular cast-on? No minor feat in the round!

Rebecca said...

Well...I'm just going to have to check that out! Thanks!

Kate said...

Genious!! I'm going to have to give it a try. Thank you for sharing!

Sue said...

Thanks for sharing. I never have any luck trying the magic loop but will have to watch your videos to see the magic!