View Full Version : Size 1 & 2 circs for magic loop?
08-28-2009, 01:12 PM
I'm so sorry if this topic has been beaten to death. I did do a search but all that came up were threads about different interchangeable needles.
I have a set of Denise Interchangeables that I absolutely LOVE! But the smallest needles are size 5.
I want to start knitting socks magic loop, so I need to go out and buy 32" or 40" circs in sizes 1 and 2.
My problem is that I have no idea which needles will work for me.
I'm not worried about the needles themselves. I'm okay with steel, bamboo, plastic, etc....it's the cable that worries me.
I need the cable to be very flexible since I'll be magic looping, and it needs to have a very smooth join.
Can anyone recommend any for me?
08-28-2009, 01:48 PM
gt the fixed circs at knitpicks.com. I don't have thier interchangeable sets, but I use thier fixed circs for socks. I have 24" ones, but I prefer 2 circ method. The cable is very flexible - perfect for ML, too.
08-28-2009, 02:12 PM
I have Addi Turbos in both size 1 and 2 in the 32" lenth and I love them. They're a little pricey -- $12-$13 -- but the cable is extremely flexible and the joins to the metal needles are very smooth. I use them mainly for knitting socks 2-at-a-time using Magic Loop and I've had them twisted up so many ways, but they still work like a dream. I highly recommend them!
08-28-2009, 02:50 PM
I would go with Knitpick Options (http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/Options_Nickel_Plated_Fixed_Circular_Knitting_Need les__DKPFixedCables.html). The cables are soft, snag free and flexible. Good luck!!
Jan in CA
08-28-2009, 05:39 PM
I also prefer the two circ method and recommend the fixed KP Options or Harmonies if you don't like metal.
08-28-2009, 07:58 PM
I love my Addi Turbo's ! They are pricey, but for magic loop I prefer the fixed cable. The Addi's really have a nice tip to them that makes working with those tiny little stitches pretty easy, yet doesn't fray the yarn.
08-29-2009, 01:51 PM
Most interchangables don't go under a size 4 or 3. The device to hold the needles to the cable is larger than that. You'll most likely end up with fixed. I use 40" because I do 2 at a time. I have one set of Addis and just ordered some KnitPicks. I'll let you know how they compare in a few days hopefully :)
08-31-2009, 10:49 AM
My personal faves for Magic Loop are (in order):
1.) Kollage Square Circs (https://www.shopatron.com/products/category/539.0.40422.214.171.124.0) with the AWESOME K Kable (The BEST and most flexible cable IMHO)
2.) Knit Picks Fixed Circs (http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/Options_Nickel_Plated_Fixed_Circular_Knitting_Need les__DKPFixedCables.html) (Nickel Plated)
3.) Addi Turbos (http://www.additurbos.com/)
These 3 needle brands are the only ones I will use for Magic Loop and I prefer the 40" length in all of them!
I love the Knit Picks options. They're my favorite needles to use.