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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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