I don’t like Magic Loop. There, I’ve said it.
Before you wonderful knitters reply to share your love of this knitting-in-the-round technique, I know. I know. You love it…for so many reasons.
It’s not as fiddly as using DPNs. One never has to worry about dropping a needle. Perhaps I’m just not doing it properly or maybe haven’t given it enough time.
But I have — at least, I’ve given it as much time as I’m going to. As my children will attest, I’m a big advocate of not giving up, of accepting the challenge of something new, of not permitting the misguided belief that perfection is a goal get in the way of actual doing. “Done is good” is one of my mantras.
The good folks at Modern Daily Knitting offered a fabulous “Ask Patty” tutorial on avoiding common mistakes with magic loop knitting. Go ahead and check it out; definitely worth your time. I found it very helpful but didn’t end up loving the technique any more.
I came to this realization while making the Slip Stash Hat by Carolyn Little for her LYS, Knit on Pearl in Jackson, WY. Slipped stitches are a clever and simple way to add variety to your colored knitting while only knitting with one yarn per round — no carrying another yarn behind your work as in stranded knitting.
I love how the hat looks; I’m just not enjoying the process. And I’m a BIG fan of process.
Now that I’ve decided to move to another technique, the question is: do I switch to four double-pointed needles (DPNs) or to a single, 16″ cable needle?
Comments and advice always welcome!