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Old 04-21-2009, 07:25 PM   #1
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OK...I've been knitting since before most of you were born but last night I broke out my KnitPicks 29" (? I think) cable and cast on for my very first ever sock using Magic Loop. I sat here in front of my computer with Amy as my guide and just did it. And.....I LIKE IT!!! So far, anyway. My pattern was a K2P2 rib with 60 cast on stitches so I had to adjust from the start (28 on one needle, 32 on the other), then after I finished the rib part I rearranged the stitches to 30-30 and it seems to be just fine. But, for some reason, I was knitting "inside" the tube. By the looks of the video, the working yarn is on the bottom needle which caused me to be working on the inside. Anyway, I flipped it and adjusted again, and it's been fine. Still haven't gotten to the heel part yet, but I don't see where there will be a problem. It sure is easier working with the one cable rather than 4 dpns.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:16 AM   #2
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I agree! Once I tried ML I've never used my dpn's again. I use it for everything from socks & gloves to sleeves to hats and purses.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:20 AM   #3
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Yay, I love Magic Loop as well, and don't use anything else. My straights and DPNs are feeling quite neglected. Except for the one pair my dd is using to learn on.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:55 AM   #4
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I started my first pair of socks a week or so ago on dpns (first time "really" using them). I too was knitting inside out, and when I flipped my work, I found more mistakes than even I could live with lol, so I frogged the sock and will start over. I think I am going to try magic loop this time - when I flipped the knitting to the correct side, all those dpns kept getting in my way!


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Old 04-22-2009, 09:55 AM   #5
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Me too, I love magic loop! It's fabulous- I can do 2 socks, 2 sleeves, 2 pants legs at a time!
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:06 PM   #6
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So...I could have cast on for both socks on my circular? Doggone it...I was so intent on learning the technique I completely overlooked that possibility.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:07 AM   #7
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I just started my first ML project this week too...and I have to say I am really enjoying it....! I may not go back to DPNs either....*sigh*
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Old 04-23-2009, 05:32 PM   #8
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I will have to try this method...once I learn how.

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Old 04-23-2009, 10:42 PM   #9
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I love magic loop. My favorite way to knit socks is toe up using ML. I have also used it for sweater sleeves, hats and mittens.
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:59 PM   #10
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Hm, I used to love it.
But somehow I end up with way too tight first stitches on the other half of the knitting, and it's a hard fight to try and get those stitches up the needle. Any suggestions?
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