No pics I’m afraid, but trust me on this, Magic Loop is like trying to wrangle an octopus. I have finished the body of the Pink Lopi Raglan and Saturday cast on for the sleeves. I decided that the working on both sleeves at once is a good strategy and as the sweater’s all about being worked in the round, this means using the über trendy Magic Loop™ to do the job.
I first worked the ribbing on 4 double point 3.5 mm for each sleeve separately and then knit them onto 2 4.0 mm, 80 cm circulars. Partly because I wasn’t sure how to handle starting in the round with the loop de magie (especially with tubular cast on) and partly because I have only one 3.5 mm circular which is only an 80 cm and is currently housing the sweater body.
Now let me just say that I put Magic Loop™ in the ‘trendy knitting fad’ category along with cute beaded/custom/jewelry-like stitch markers (not to say that I don’t own any of those) and toe-up socks: way too much hype. And my experiences in the past few days have not changed my mind.
There’s too much switching. Every 25 stitches I have to either drop a needle or switch balls of yarn. And the first couple of rounds, the whole thing would get SO tangled that I would let the entire fidgety mess fall to the desk and then just walk away to make some tea or something. AND THEN sometimes I forget to switch the needles in both hands and end up with 3 halves on one needle, and one half on the other (which sometimes gets all switched around and front half of one sleeve in on the same needle as the back half of the other sleeve). Disaster.
But I’ve sort of become somewhat used to working this octopus. For the most part anyways. I’m working through the wiggly giggle mess at least. No trendy knitting technique is going to get the best of me!
I think it will better on one super huge circular rather than wrangling two smaller ones. I’ve got a 120 cm kickin’ around somewhere and it’s bamboo to boot. The squeeze/grind of metal needles rubbing all against each other is NOT my favourite. Especially when using squeaky acrylics. Yuuugch.
Update: I tried using one super long circular and had issues with ladders/losing my place on the sides (I tried with stitch markers and the ladders got worse). So I’ve gone back to the 2 circs and I’m managing. I could see that if the concept of working with double points was especially aggravating, Magic Loop™ may be a more successful alternative technique.
But for the whole ‘Second Sock Syndrome’ sufferers I have to say I think you’re suffering from a made up disease. Before going to the internet to read about knitting, I had never heard of anyone having problems finishing a pair of socks or mittens or anything else that comes in pairs. Yes, the pattern is the same as the first item so the joy of discovery isn’t really there. Yes, it’s the same yarn that you’ve just spent a sock working with.
But the second sock/mitten/whatever always is faster than the first one (just like the second time driving/getting somewhere is that little bit easier/more familiar). Plus it gives you the opportunity to knit this one better! You’ll be knitting it with more confidence, a better idea of what’s going on and the particular tricky bits of the particular pattern you’re working on. I’ll add the challenge that you may even be able to knit most of it from memory as well. How cool is it to knit something without consulting a pattern for any of it?
If you still think you have ‘Second Sock Syndrome’ then try this magical cure I’ve just heard about. It’s called Magic Loop™ and it means (with some minor wrangling) you can knit both socks at once!*
(warning: knitting two socks at one time may slow the perception of knitting time)