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Old 04-03-2007, 03:34 PM   #11
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I looked at another one of her pattern - The Purple Sweater - and she says she uses Magic Loop for all her circular sweaters and uses a 40" - 47" needle most of the time. Then she continues, "You can use two circulars at a time, or a single 24" circular would be perfect for the body. You will want to switch to DNPs for the sleeves."

So I'd say use whatever works best for you, but she's using Magic Loop even if the pattern doesn't say so.

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Old 04-03-2007, 03:36 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by paiva
ONE MORE QUESTION:
Since I am no expert at this yet, and since I haven't really worked on circulars for anything larger than a hat,
How do I go about changing to the larger circular during the increase? Would I do this just the same as on straights? Or do I remove the needles completely, put everything on stitch holders and put everything manually onto the larger circular?
You don't have to go to all that work, whether you're working on straights, dpns or circs. Just start knitting with the other needle.

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Old 04-03-2007, 03:40 PM   #13
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As far as changing to the new needle, when you get to the beginning of the round just use the new needle to knit onto instead of the other end of the circ you were using. When you've finished the round all the stitches will be on the new needle.

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Old 04-03-2007, 03:41 PM   #14
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I don't understand why she would use magic loop for an adult sweater . Wouldn't using a circular in the usual manner be a lot easier? You just keep going around and around, whereas with magic loop you have to 'switch' needles every half round. Doesn't make sense to me.
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Originally Posted by knitqueen
I don't understand why she would use magic loop for an adult sweater . Wouldn't using a circular in the usual manner be a lot easier? You just keep going around and around, whereas with magic loop you have to 'switch' needles every half round. Doesn't make sense to me.
Only because her needle's too big for the number of stitches she starts out with. If she had fewer stitches or a shorter circular needle, it would just be circular knitting as usual.
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:42 PM   #16
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WELL, I've plunged into it head first tonight!
I decided to start working it on a 16 in. size 8 circular and knit in the round, then when I get to the point where I can't anymore, I'll be switching to a 29in. size 8 circular. I think I understand it now. I am still a bit of a novice here and the only thing I've every tried Magic Loop with are little baby booties and stuff....
Anyhow, with all of your help, I've been able to get moving on it. Here's an attachment of where I'm at so far. You are looking at the increase where the shoulder is and the collar is down near the palm of my hand.
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:02 AM   #18
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Paiva,

It's looking great so far!!

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