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Old 12-09-2007, 06:16 PM   #21
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A 16" would be pretty short to finish up the top of a hat. I do the whole hat on 24" and that's long enough to do a single loop magic loop, both for the beginning and the end of it.
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:35 PM   #22
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Probably not. Although now we are all going to challenge you to learn Magic Loop and knit a sweater!

What's magic loop?
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:36 PM   #23
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A 16" would be pretty short to finish up the top of a hat. I do the whole hat on 24" and that's long enough to do a single loop magic loop, both for the beginning and the end of it.
I tried knitting a hat on a 16" cable, with size 8 needles, casting on 80 sts., and I couldn't stretch the stitches to reach all the way around.
Should I have used a 12 inch cable?

And, for afghans, are they knitted on circulars?
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:02 PM   #24
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Afghans are knitted flat, not in a tube. The circular is so you can get more stitches on the needle and it won't be so heavy.

Magic loop is a technique that allows you to use a longer circ to knit a small diameter. See the video here http://knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques under Small diameter knitting.
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Old 12-09-2007, 11:17 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by photolady View Post
What's magic loop?
Check out the video on this site for a good explanation. I'm not one of the "cool kids" yet. I tried it for a couple of minutes when I saw the video, but didn't quite get the hang of it---and haven't had time or reason to try it again. It's in the back of my mind to check out again in the future.
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