Thursday, 12 March 2009

Magic Loop Socks

I hate DPN's. I'm sure that one day I'm going to poke my eye out! Browsing through Ravelry I came across the magic loop method of knitting socks (and other tubular items). My first attempt was not good. I used a 32"/80cm needle but it kept on twisting and was very awkward. Reading other people's comments the choice of needle brand seems to have a difference. So I ordered a 32"/80cm Addi 2.5mm needle and it's great! I now love the magic loop method.

The Addi needle is so much better to use, the stitches slip onto the needle very easily and it doesn't all get twisted up. Another reason I like the Addi needles is that they have the size printed on the cable - so no more putting them down and having to work out which size they are.

A very good tutorial on how to do the magic loop method can be found at

So yet another project started is the Ribbed Lace socks for myself (from the Sensational Socks book) in a very bright Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino (sugar maple). I've also started the Wicked sweater. I'm using the Cascade 220 pumpkin spice colour that was meant for the Snow White project (which i've now frogged due to sizing issues). I may restart the Wicked sweater and include short-row bust adjustments as the 35-39" size should fit my back but I'm having to make a 40-43" to fit my bust. I've ordered the Big Girl Knits book which apparently has a good section on how to work out how many short-row sets to do depending on size and gauge - I'll write a longer review once it's arrived.

Keep knitting!

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