Technique – Knitting in the round with the magic loop method.
May 7, 2011
I was describing this method to a friend of mine and decided I should pop up a post with some links on how to do it. I like this method as double pointed needles and I have not really made friends. I am lucky enough to have myself a set of interchangeable needles so this is rather convenient for me. The magic loop method requires you have one really long circular needle in your required size/sizes. Something like 80cm+ is good for very small projects.
It is suitable for items that are smaller then the usual circular needle sizes particularly like when you are making a ladies beanie and the decreases get to a point where it becomes too small for your circular needle and would usually change over to your dpns to finish off. I just click together the longest cords in my interchangeable set, choose the right sized needle tips and off I go. Very handy to not have to run out and get a missing size or length needle.
I just yesterday received a new set of interchangeable needles that are highly recommended for this method as the cords are thin and flexible and the joins very smooth. I’ll get back to you with my opinion on the Denise interchangeable needles vs the knit pro once I have had a chance to give them a run for their money. For now my pics are just of the Denise needles. I find they do the job!
As you can see the stitches are worked on one continuous loop instead of separate little needles. Knitty had a nice post on using dpns if you are curious to compare.
I like that you don’t have to worry about stitches dropping of the ends of the separate needles. It is rather portable as there are only two tips you could lose stitches from int transport and there is plenty of extra cord for you to slide the stitches down along to prevent this. Good for people like me with little kiddies with grabby little hands! I’ve included some useful how-to links below as I am sure people have explained it better then I ever could.