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Old 03-24-2008, 09:52 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 03-24-2008, 10:40 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:36 PM   #3
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Try tightening the 2nd stitch on the needle. That helped me.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:37 PM   #4
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I make the first two or three stitches extra tight at that point which helps a lot.
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Old 03-25-2008, 12:30 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:11 PM   #6
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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".
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:00 PM   #7
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I had the same problem when I first tried Magic Loop. In my case, it was the right hand loop that was causing the problem. I couldn't find a way to keep the sides of the loop -- the front and back portions of the cable -- close enough together to work my stitches comfortably. And this was also stretching my stitches at that same point in my work.

My solution: After I pull the back needle around to the front, ready to start the next round, I give the resulting loop a twist. This keeps the cables of the loop from spreading apart so my work isn't stretched out. It also makes it easier for me to hold the loop more like a needle.... kinda! ... so I can knit easier and more comfortably. Of course, I have to remember not to twist too much, but just a half twist, maybe a full twist if it's being stubborn, seems to do the trick!

I'm not sure I'm explaining this very well and I don't have a camera, so I can't show you a picture. You'll just have to take a word for it!
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