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Old 03-15-2008, 02:02 PM   #11
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I tried ML and prefer two circs, but either one works fine. It's a matter of personal preference. Give both of them a good try before deciding.

Oh and no matter what method you do you need to move the stitches. Even DPNs.
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:57 PM   #12
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I really like magic loop and use it to knit all kinds of stuff including sweater sleeves, hats and of course socks. The two sets of circs leave way too much stuff dangling around for my taste.
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:10 PM   #13
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I went ahead and started the two socks on one long circ yesterday. It is going better than I thought it would, and I'm already at the heel turn. I'm knitting the child-size sample socks recommended in the book, so it isn't due to being a fast knitter.

It is fun and challenging to learn new things, but I'm really missing my dpns! I still want to try the 2 cirs method though, to see if I like it better.
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:39 PM   #14
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I tried ML and 2 circs yesterday.
It was as bad as I figured for both, but I think for very small tubes (like fingers) I like it better than DPNs, but for socks on up I like DPNs better.

When I was doing 2 circs I kept grabbing the wrong needle and going into ML somehow. I guess that means ML is my preferred method
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I'm in the same boat with you! I have both of those books, and just started with trying the magic loop method. I've only gotten hmmm.... two rounds done so far. I've knit several pairs of socks using dpns, but I like to challenge myself with learning new stuff. So far it's kind of fiddly, but I'm hoping that as I get used to magic loop it'll go faster than what I'm currently doing! LOL! Then, when I finish this pair I want to try using two circs....just so that I can compare each method's pluses and minuses.

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Of the two, I prefer the Magic Loop. I never get ladders when I do it that way. I like 2 circs okay, but I had a problem grabbing the wrong needle and I don't care much for the other needle dangling down.
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Well, I'm not feeling as optimistic now. I got all the way to picking up stitches for the gusset, and now I'm lost. My stitches aren't in the same place as the pictures in the book, and I've followed the directions word-for-word.

It must be the book, it couldn't possibly be me, right? Ha! I've made socks on dpns with no problem, so I understand the anatomy of a sock, but this is not making sense to me.

I think the problem is having two socks going on at the same time and always having to move the stitches around to work on one and then the other. You really have to concentrate or you can easily get lost.

ML really isn't that hard, when working on one item. I'm tempted to unravel and knit one sock at a time using ML -- but I want to knit TWO AT A TIME!
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:36 AM   #18
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Morning! I have knitting socks using 2 circs but broke one of my knit Picks Options so had to go with magic loop until a replacement came.. I found Magic Loop very cumbersome... 2 cirs seems to go so smoothly.
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