I just watched Amy's video on knitting in the round using magic loop and 2 circ. It looks like more work than using dpn so what is the benifit of using this technique? Is the ribbing more even? I have to make sleeves yet and I was going to do it in the round but I was going to use dpn but if 2 circs are better I will try it. When I use dpn I just knit the first 3sts tight and I don't get a ladder.
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it is all personal preference really. i can use DPNs i just prefer not to. i carry my work with me all the time and i have fears of pulling my work out of the bag and finding the DPNs at the bottom of the bag. I don't have that issue with 2 circs. I also find i don't have such trouble knitting that join tight like i do with DPNs.
I MUCH prefer it to DPN's, but then i hate DPN's. I always get ladders with DPNs and never do with the magic loop method. I haven't tried 2 cirs yet, and don't know tht I will unless I find something that I can't do with magic loop. I think it's just a matter of preference. there are several other members who love DPNs.
If dpns work for you and you don't get ladders, then there's no reason to switch unless you want to try something new! I switched to magic loop because I couldn't get my knitting on dpns to look nice and I had HUGE problems with ladders that nothing seemed to fix.
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I tried 2 circs first because I had an interchangeable set that contained everything I needed. I tried Magic Loop next.
I recently tried DPNs for the first time (for something other than I-cord) and I didn't get ladders with those either.
Magic Loop is my favorite method because there are only 2 needles, there is never any confusion of where I left off on my row, and I knit faster because I'm using the same set of needles all the time (no switching); also, there is much less tangling, and I got ladders with 2 circs (but none with ML). I also knit 2 socks at once using ML, so my socks are always identical and I don't have SSS. 2-at-once is very difficult on DPNs.
I might just try magic loop because I am always interested in learning new things. When she says to use a 24in does that mean from tip to tip or the flex plastic? Do you only pull the first stitch tight or more?