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Stitch
10-11-2006, 09:10 PM
Can you magic loop with a 32" cable?
I am making another pair of pants for the baby, and was wanting to magic loop instead of using dpns.

Is a 32" cable too short?
I dont have a 40" cable, but i could order them from KP if 32's isnt possible

TIA!

suzeeq
10-11-2006, 09:31 PM
I've used a 32" on sleeves. Though I don't use ML but just pull out the cable on one side.

sue

knitqueen
10-11-2006, 09:35 PM
32" does work, longer is just better. 32" is about as short as I would go, though.

Suzeeq, isn't what you describe the same thing as magic loop? :??

suzeeq
10-11-2006, 09:50 PM
Sorta. Only you just have the cable looped/pulled out on one side instead of both sides. There's a description of it somewhere, but I've been doing that for a long time.

sue

knitqueen
10-11-2006, 09:59 PM
Ahhh, I think I know what you mean. Then you're using the two needle tips the same way that you would if you were knitting on the full circular needle, ie. you're not pulling one of the ends out before starting. I don't know if my description made any sense but I can pictures what you're doing in my head! :teehee:

suzeeq
10-11-2006, 10:36 PM
Right, it shortens up the cord as if you were knitting on a shorter circ.

sue

Stitch
10-11-2006, 10:42 PM
Ahhh, I think I know what you mean. Then you're using the two needle tips the same way that you would if you were knitting on the full circular needle, ie. you're not pulling one of the ends out before starting. I don't know if my description made any sense but I can pictures what you're doing in my head! :teehee:


HOW in the world does that work?
I think I am understnading what youre saying, but cant see how it would work!
:??

suzeeq
10-11-2006, 11:38 PM
Let's see if I can explain it. Take your right needle and pull the cord out between two stitches at the end of the rigid part. Pull out enough that the rest of the stitches can slide around to your left needle. Start knitting. When your stitches run out on the left side, pull out the cord on the right again. Look at the video for magic loop up there at the Advanced Techniques link (it's the third one under Small Diameter Knitting) and you'll see that it's very similar, except the loop is only on one side.

sue

itsbecca1979
10-12-2006, 07:01 AM
I'm doing ML on the longest size 3 KP Options circ available...32 maybe? It's pretty comfortable to do.

SandraEllen
10-12-2006, 07:11 AM
32" does work, longer is just better.

Longer isn't always better. I bought the 60" cable from KP and it's just WAY too much to work with. I bought the 40" and it's a really good length. Haven't tried shorter though...

jessi_9783
10-12-2006, 09:47 AM
Longer is better to a point. The longest I use is 47". KPO's are so flexible I've MLed on a 24" when I was in pinch when making a preemie hat.

Scathach
10-12-2006, 07:09 PM
I actually prefer to used 32" circs when i am knitting socks. For me any longer is uncomfortable. But anything larger then socks i use a 40" or 47".

knitqueen
10-12-2006, 07:34 PM
I agree - 60" is way too long for magic loop, I tried it and didn't like it. Way too much cord to pull through. For me, 40" is ideal for just about any magic loop project.

Stitch
10-12-2006, 10:33 PM
well, im knitting pants, so the waist will be 12-14 inches and the hips 14-16 inches around.
so is that to large a diameter for 32 inch KP's cables?

jessi_9783
10-13-2006, 10:16 AM
I'd probably use a 40". But you may be able to get by with a 32"

Stitch
10-15-2006, 10:08 PM
Sorta. Only you just have the cable looped/pulled out on one side instead of both sides. There's a description of it somewhere, but I've been doing that for a long time.

sue


I totally did not understand what you were saying until today.
Ive been magic looping with my 32 inch's, and i accidentally pulled the loop all the way through, and immediately knew THAT was what you were saying! so, i get it!!! lol :happydance:
and its a lot easier when magic looping on a shorter length cable than you like!

suzeeq
10-16-2006, 12:31 AM
I find it waaaaaay easier than Magic Loop. Glad I could light the bulb for you. <G>

sue