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Old 09-27-2006, 09:05 AM   #1
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2 circ's or magic loop?
i really dont like dpn's, but knitting with 2 circs seems like it would get pretty pricy...wouldnt you need TWO of every needle?

but it seems that its generally preferred over magic loop.

So what's you preferred choice of small diameter circular knitting?
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Old 09-27-2006, 09:21 AM   #2
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I ended up with two of all my needles except for two sizes; the 2nd ones I usually got with a coupon or on sale. It works well, although using two long one on a sleeve gets complicated. Instead of Magic Loop, I use a variation where I only pull out one side of the cable, and that works very well two. I don't do socks or hats, so only need to do this with sleeves.

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Old 09-27-2006, 09:33 AM   #3
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I've tried it both ways and actually prefer magic loop. When I tried to use two (with my Denises), I knit onto the wrong needle half the time anyway so I figured I might as well just use one. It's definitely more economical, and there's less stuff to lose (or in my case) accidentally step on.
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I love Magic Loop. I've been doing 2 socks at once on a 40" cable.

I have the Boye interchangeable set, and I have 2 tips of every size and lots of extra cables, but the cables are not long enough for ML and putting that connector on makes a stiff spot that is hard to get the stitches over.

I've had my Boye set for 15 years, or I'd totally be saving up for the Knitpicks Options set. (I may end up with those, anyway )
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Old 09-27-2006, 09:37 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by brownishcoat
I love Magic Loop. I've been doing 2 socks at once on a 40" cable.

I have the Boye interchangeable set, and I have 2 tips of every size and lots of extra cables, but the cables are not long enough for ML and putting that connector on makes a stiff spot that is hard to get the stitches over.

I've had my Boye set for 15 years, or I'd totally be saving up for the Knitpicks Options set. (I may end up with those, anyway )

do you have a pattern for socks using the magic loop method?
im fairly new at socks (on my first pair)
and dont think i could just convert a pattern myself...
not quite that advanced yet!

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Old 09-27-2006, 09:41 AM   #6
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I used this pattern: Knitpicks' Toe-up Two at Once Socks and I adapted it.

The pattern is for 2 circs. There are pics on my flickr (link in sig) that show how it was on the needles.

If you have any other questions, let me know.
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I'ma two-circ knitter...I make lots of hats so having a lot of 16" circs is more practical for me than having 40"+ ones. I bought most of my Addis from Jeff on eBay, so even in sets of two they were cheaper than you would pay for one at a store. :D
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Originally Posted by brownishcoat
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I've had my Boye set for 15 years, or I'd totally be saving up for the Knitpicks Options set. (I may end up with those, anyway )
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Originally Posted by Andrea
Originally Posted by brownishcoat
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I've had my Boye set for 15 years, or I'd totally be saving up for the Knitpicks Options set. (I may end up with those, anyway )
Dooooooooooooooo ittttttttttttt
Yeah, I hate to say it, but I think I may be going that route too. Yesterday I picked up my Denises after only using KP classics (for socks) for a couple of weeks -- man they feel so stiff and draggy. Part of it might be the yarn, but I just ordered Options needles in the same size so I'm really eager to compare them. I think that Options is definitely the way to go with either magic loop or two circulars. They're pretty much made for it.
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I already have size 5, 10.5 and a 40" cable from KP (plus 32" circs in 0, 1 and 3), so I know how great they are. Things are really tight financially, so it'll probably be a while before I can do a whole set. Maybe after Christmas.

Trust me, I KNOW they are the best.

I thought about selling my Boyes, but I think I'll save them for when I have multiple projects on the same size.
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