Friday 8 June 2018

...magic loop

I've started work on the first sleeve of my Gable jumper. Resolutely trying to overlook the fact that it is distinctly grey and not the silvery lilac I thought it would be based on the website photo:
Website photo
Real life

As it's an entirely seamless garment (hooray!) knitted in the round, I decided to look at some videos on Youtube and see if I could master the knack of magic loop knitting, rather than using double-pointed needles for the sleeves. I've never tried magic loop before, mostly because I rarely knit garments, socks etc. and haven't felt the need, but I have to say it has been an absolute revelation. It's a little bit of a faff having to stop and slide the stitches along the cable, but much less fiddly than dpns. The faffing only happens twice per round rather than four times, and in my opinion it's significantly less faffy not having to sew seams together! Although I haven't managed to get the tension exactly right at the points where the stitches divide, I think once it has been blocked the slight gap between the columns of stitches (barely discernible in the photo below) will disappear. Again, this is a lot less of an issue using magic loop than it was when I used dpns to knit sleeves in the round.
All in all I am very pleased to have picked up this new trick, and fully understand why so many knitters recommend it.

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