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Old 01-04-2007, 11:32 PM   #1
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2 circulars vs Magic Loop for socks
i'm trying to figure out which is the way to go. i wa leaning towards ML just because it'd be cheaper (1 addi's in each gage, vs 2 addi's in each gage)
but, i'm thinking it might be easier to do on 2 circulars instead of one large one. seems like it'd be easier to wrap my head around the 2 circulars and convert patterns with that method then it would for the ML.


so, if you have done both, which do you prefer? and why?
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Old 01-05-2007, 12:04 AM   #2
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I've done both and I prefer magic loop. There are only 2 needle ends to keep track of and there's no doubt about which needle gets used to knit with next - unlike 2 circs in which if you're not paying close attention it is easy to accidentally knit with the wrong needle end.

I see what you're saying about using only 1 Addi vs. 2 Addis, but the thing is with magic loop you need a nice long circ (40" is best, in my opinion) which you likely wouldn't use for much else besides magic loop. With 2 circs, yeah you'd need 2 needles of the same size BUT you can get say a 24" length one and a 32" length one, use those 2 for knitting with 2 circs but you are also very likely to use the two needles seperately for other large diameter circular projects.
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Old 01-05-2007, 12:26 AM   #3
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i prefer magic loop, it doesn't seem as messy to keep track of for me
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Old 01-05-2007, 02:28 AM   #4
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IMHO - I love magic loop! I couldn't get my brain around the 2 circ method - but magic loop is so nice. A small warning, the first couple of rounds are a bit awkward, especially if you are knitting a toe-up sock. But once you get a little bit of weight on there to balance out the size of the needle - its wonderful.
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:39 AM   #5
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What everyone else said. I like ML, but have used 2 circs too. They're really quite similar. Are you stuck on Addis? I really the KP Classic circs for socks. (And KP Options for heavier socks.) They're super cheap. You could get one set in 32", and try ML, and if you don't like it, you can get another set in a different length to do the 2 circ method. (And it'll still be cheaper than just one set of Addis.)
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Old 01-05-2007, 03:29 PM   #6
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Curious. What is a Magic Loop? Is it an easier way to make socks? I want to learn socks this year.

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Old 01-05-2007, 04:02 PM   #7
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Magic Loop is a technique for knitting small diameter projects in the round. Yes, it's great for socks.

There is a video here:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting...ques/index.php
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I'm intrigued by the magic loop method. Can any sock pattern be used with this method? If yes, how does one go about modifying the pattern?

Thanks in advance for any responses.
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It is just another method to get to the same end result. Any sock pattern can be done using magic loop. For that reason you will find VERY few patterns actually written for magic loop.
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Originally Posted by janelanespaintbrush
What everyone else said. I like ML, but have used 2 circs too. They're really quite similar. Are you stuck on Addis? I really the KP Classic circs for socks. (And KP Options for heavier socks.) They're super cheap. You could get one set in 32", and try ML, and if you don't like it, you can get another set in a different length to do the 2 circ method. (And it'll still be cheaper than just one set of Addis.)
that's actually a good idea. i'll look into it!
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