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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A Sleeve!

I've got part of a sleeve!  And you want to know the scary part?  I'm Magic Looping!  I've never tried the Magic Looping before because I have a long history of hating circular needles.  The Knit Picks needles had a soft cord, and that helped my attitude about circulars, but they have also fallen apart mid row (with lace) and come unscrewed so many times, I don't use those any more.  My Hiya Hiyas though are well behaved and have a swivel cord so the cord sorts itself out instead of me having to arrange the needles and cord myself.  (Let me say right now that whoever invented the swivel cord is a genius.  Right up there with whoever figured out how to make jelly beans taste like popcorn.  Genius.)

I've got the little 9 inch circular Hiya Hiyas, but this sleeve is bigger than that at the top (probably about 12 inches or so) and the yarn feels bulky (even though it's worsted) so I knew those wouldn't work.  I didn't want to work the sleeves on double points and using the smallest cord on my Hiya Hiya interchangeables would be too big.  I thought about it and tried to make excuses but finally decided to give Magic Loop a try - it never hurts to learn anything new (except maybe bull riding, I bet that hurts) and if I hated it, I'd figure something else out.  So off to YouTube I went to figure out how to do it.  It turns out Magic Loop is a little fiddly, Max chases and attacks the cords if he notices what I'm doing, but it's not so bad that I feel the need to track down and buy a 12 inch circular for sleeves (although it probably wouldn't hurt to have a few, right?)  So I'm Magic Looping my sleeves.  Go figure.

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Anonymous Amy said...

Good luck with that. Magic Loop is also not my favorite - but works in a pinch. I believe it's a little fiddly (dpns are fiddly, too, but seem to be a smoother operation to me than magic loop), and it's a little harder for me to control to not get ladders in the work. The cool thing is not having to change your needles as you get down to the cuff. Hope your sleeve turns out great!

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I usually treat a sleeve like an "overgrown sock" and knit it with two circulars. Magic Loop should work just fine, too.

Here's to inventive knitters!

1:56 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

I love the magic loop technique. I actually knit both sleeves one one long circular, even when knitting them down from the body of a sweater. I don't recommend jumping right into that, though. Try a pair of socks or two sleeves not attached to the sweater first. I hope that the sleeves go smoothly and quickly for you using this technique.

1:45 AM  

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