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lesherry 03-26-2013 11:48 PM

Magic Loop
How do I work in the Magic Loop on size 11 circular needles when knitting a cable stitch slouchy cap?

Jan in CA 03-27-2013 12:38 AM

It's the same method, but you may need a longer cable than usual to accommodate bulky yarn. I prefer a 40 for hats with size 7-8 needles with worsted weight. Have you tried it yet? If so what was the problem?

lesherry 03-27-2013 12:28 PM

No, I haven't tried it yet but for the ribbing I'm using size 8 circular needles and will go to size 11 for the body of the hat. I've knitted since 1971 and haven't ever tried knitting in the round, Magic Loop, etc. since I've never knitted socks or hats that require 4 dpn or Magic Loop. I've always knitted with two straight needles.

Thank you for your help!

Jan in CA 03-27-2013 01:27 PM

You didn't mention cable length and that's where magic loop comes in. You can do a single loop with a slightly shorter cable if necessary. I prefer the basic two loop method and a longer cable myself.

Paulaque 03-27-2013 05:41 PM

ok, watched the video, decided to try it, definitely have it down pat, 20 sts by 5 FEET of tube later, I am trying to justify russian joining more yarn onto this yarn so I can keep going, and this is just a practice swatch, I am hooked.

Jan in CA 03-27-2013 05:45 PM

Paula, if it's a tube you can just join the yarn and tie them off then leave inside the tube. Magic Loop is all I use for hats and sleeves. The only time I break out the DPN is when it's very small like on a small toy.

Paulaque 03-27-2013 05:51 PM

I know, the problem is I ran out of my "waste" yarn that I was using to practice with, and now I want to add good yarn to it and keep going, if I let myself, I would knit a football field of this. We don't want that, so I am trying to think of a purpose for five + feet of tube????

WolfWalker 03-27-2013 05:53 PM

A sweater for a snake??? LOL!

Jan in CA 03-27-2013 05:55 PM

A long skinny scarf? I find it amusing you ran out of waste yarn...dear god, I've got tons of it! :teehee:

Paulaque 03-27-2013 07:13 PM

so do I, about seven balls of different leftovers from projects, and I used all of it, I just am having a hard time with the idea of joining good yarn to it, that is the part I am valiantly fighting!

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