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coopersita 03-24-2008 09:52 PM

Magic loop gap
I'm trying out the magic loop method for the first time, but I'm finding that I end up with long stitches in one side (in between the needles). Doesn't matter how much I pull and tighten the stitches in between needles I end up with a longer stitch.

Am I doing something wrong? Would that even out with blocking? Should I just go back to dpns?


alleusion 03-24-2008 10:40 PM

I've noticed that it evens out on it's own as I continue knitting. Sometimes it also helps to knit the first stitch on the new needle through the back loop. ML isn't for everyone, but I prefer it over dpns.

auburnchick 03-24-2008 11:36 PM

Try tightening the 2nd stitch on the needle. That helped me.

Knitting_Guy 03-24-2008 11:37 PM

I make the first two or three stitches extra tight at that point which helps a lot.

suzeeq 03-25-2008 12:30 AM

Or you can shift the first st over a few.... when you get to the end of the sts in that section, continue to knit a couple onto the right hand needle before using your empty needle.

KnittinMitchie 03-25-2008 01:11 PM

The "gap" will go away once you knit several round but pulling the first 2-3 stitches tight helps too. I always d othe first stitch tight on each side to keep the gap down to a minimum nad don't end up with a "ladder".

coopersita 03-25-2008 02:05 PM

Thanks all,

I'll try to tighten some stitches before and after, see how that goes.

I'm just concern with the ones I already have. I've already made 2/3 of a sleeve, and I don't want to have to frog it...

McKnitty 03-26-2008 05:22 PM

I'm having this same problem using magic loop, but I've never had a problem with laddering when using dpns or regular circular knitting.

I'm trying the 2 at a time socks on one long cir and only one side of the same sock is doing this! I don't understand why 3 of the other sides are fine, except for just this one side. And I'm tightening up those stitches, so I don't understand why it is doing this.

Curly_Toot 03-28-2008 01:10 AM

i'm using the 2 circs method to knit a sleeve and i've found that knitting stockinette is fine... no ladders. But when i swtich to ribbing the first knit stitch is way looser than all the others, no matter how much i tug.
I just thought it was strange seeing as it was fine before... something about the purl stitch next to it maybe *shrug*

McKnitty 03-28-2008 09:34 AM

Going a little OT here -- Curly, you have the cutest avatar! What's the story?

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