Replacing DPNs with the Magic Loop Method…

While I know how to knit socks on DPNs, and I feel all fancy and special when I do it because people are amazed by the little pickup stick looking needles, I personally prefer to knit my socks with the “Magic Loop” method. The main reason is that I tend to carry my sock knitting around in my purse, and I don’t have to worry about breaking a thin birch needle or the stitches falling off – instead, I move my work down to the loop and put it in my bag with peace of mind that all will be well when I return. Plus, if I’m just doing round-and-round circular knitting, I can do it in the dark of the movie theater or in class during boring lectures. (That was how I survived Biology I last semester, and I made an “A” in the class.)

Thanks to Sara’s ExplaiKnit site (a great resource!), I found a good link to explaining the mystery of the Magic Loop: How to knit small circumferences with one long circular. It really isn’t as hard as it might seem. If you have always feared the DPNs (you shouldn’t, but I understand why you might), but want to knit socks – give it a try!

(I also found a link to a Great Baby Sock Pattern at Sara’s site. I will be adding those to my things I want to knit list for my friends with babies!)

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

2 replies on “Replacing DPNs with the Magic Loop Method…”

I am going to jump in and try this although for some odd reason, I do *enjoy* working on DPN’s. My main motivation to try the Magic Loop – no laddering. I’m dying to know if my laddering will become nonexistent with the magic loop method!

I’ve also been experimenting to find out the ideal sock-knitting gauge and hands down, I prefer socks that are knit on Size 1’s (US) or smaller. Thanks for the link! I am going to get my 40″ Size 1 Addi Turbos tomorrow!

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