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Post by Dandelion on 3rd January 2015, 10:48 pm

Having given all my circular knitting needles away years ago, because I just didn't think I was going to use them any more, I have begun to replace them again. I learnt to knit on circular needles when i was at art college: there was a Norwegian student on my course, and she taught a few of us. Having gone back to it, I hear that there is now a new technigue, magic loop knitting. has anyone tried it? I've watched a Youtube clip which was quite difficult to follow - I would be interested to know if anyone has heard of it or perfected it!!

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Post by Ploshkin on 4th January 2015, 11:20 am

I have heard of it Dandelion but didn't really understand what it was about.  I got the impression it was to do with having a 'seamless' join but when you knit in the round, whether on 4 needles or  circular  needles that's what you get anyway.  

I wonder if some stuff has got lost over the years - currently getting back into sewing, & looking to see what's new in the intervening years, I'm finding quite a lot of excitement about techniques that I was taught at school and that what I consider to be my basic sewing skills are now regarded as 'couture'.
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Post by Dandelion on 4th January 2015, 11:38 am

I think the idea of magic loop knitting is that you can make a seamless 'tube' of knitting (as you do with four needles or a circular needle, as you said P), but you can make a tube of a very small diameter (such as the cuff for a child's glove) on a long circular needle. The benefit would be that you don't need to buy circular needles of different lengths, but could use the same long needle even for small items.
I'll find half an hour sometime when I'm on my own (which is a rarity...) and sit down and watch the youtube clip with needles and wool in hand, and try and fathom it out. It'll be good for my brain ('use it or lose it'...)

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Post by Ploshkin on 4th January 2015, 11:45 am

I just had another look too and was going to do the same i.e. with needles in hand. I'm sure I've used circular needles in the past for things that don't need the whole length of cable (like necks) without thinking about it but I've not done anything very small like cuffs or socks.
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Post by Ploshkin on 1st April 2017, 10:07 am

I've dug up this thread because I am indeed magic loop knitting.
I decided to take the plunge and buy a set of Knit Pro interchangeable needles (they screw on to different length cables). I keep talking to people in knitting shops who say how wonderful they are especially if you have arthritic hands (which I don't but I do have carpal tunnel and tendonitis)
I found an interesting Norwegian knitting site called Drops Design with hundreds of free translated patterns, many knitted in the round and set to with a straightforward sweater knitted in the round and top down - a completely new departure for me. I realised that I would need to master magic loop because the circumference of the knitting was going to keep changing and the cable wouldn't necessarily be the right length. I found a tutorial with photographs which was much easier to follow than videos and its so easy. I can see me knitting a lot more like this and I think I will stick with cables for flat knitting too.
I'm on the kindle at the mo but will put on some links for any interested knitters when I get on the computer.
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Post by Dandelion on 1st April 2017, 12:23 pm

It's something I'd like to get my head around (but I need some time to do it!!)

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Post by Ploshkin on 1st April 2017, 3:41 pm

Here are some links - it will be a miracle if they all work properly!

These are the excellent interchangeable needles that I got
Knit Pro needles

This is the tutorial that finally made me understand how to do magic loop
Magic Loop Tutorial

Here is the Drops Design website if anyone is interested
Drops Design

and here is the start of my top down, in the round sweater. I like the idea of having no sewing up at the end. You can see one end of the 'magic loop'
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Post by Dandelion on 1st April 2017, 6:36 pm

Thank you - it looks like one of those activities which you learn more by actually trying it out. When I read a description my brain wouldn't take it all in!

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Post by FloBear on 2nd April 2017, 10:31 am

I'm a knitter too. That look really interesting, Ploshkin. I like knitting in the round and have umpteen pairs of gloves and three pairs of socks. Last Autumn I bought a pattern online for a zip up cardi and discovered when it arrived that it was knitted on a circular needle. Very interesting to knit and quite challenging as it was a US pattern and I had to get my head round the terminology as well. It was brilliant having no seams to sew!
It also had an interesting sort-of cable pattern up the sleeves and the sides and up the yoke giving a raglan sleeve effect. Not that easy to photograph.


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Post by freebird on 2nd April 2017, 4:48 pm

That looks gorgeous, Flo. I loathe knitting, unfortunately, but do crochet from time to time. I've used the Drops website before for some good crochet patterns.
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Post by FloBear on 2nd April 2017, 5:44 pm

Thank you Freebird. It's very cosy and soft. I may knit another one sometime. Depends how that yarn hand-washes, though.
Crochet's good. I only know a few basics and am not very good at keeping it even.
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Post by Ploshkin on 2nd April 2017, 6:12 pm

Ooh, love the detail. I'm keen on the idea of no sewing up - I hate doing it.
Freebird, if you crochet have you seen the fabulous birds that Alan Dart designs?
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Post by FloBear on 18th August 2017, 9:46 am

I know it's still summer - well, it is today - but I am getting prepared for the next season and, to that end, have bought a set of Knit Pro needles that Ploshkin mentioned. They are gorgeous, I could just hold them and not bother to knit for a while!!

I need to look at the tutorial sometime as I've never figured out how to knit small circles (spirals if we're being strictly accurate!) on a circular needle without stretching the knitting very badly.

Roll on knitting season!
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Post by FloBear on 19th August 2017, 1:41 pm

The tutorial in photos is very good. Thanks for the link, Ploshkin. I knitted a little experimental tube and it only took a couple of rounds to get into the swing of it.
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