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Magic Loop Joining in the Round


#1

Hi all!
I usually use magic loop for round items, sometimes dpns, have yet to try 2 circs.

My problem is that whenever I use magic loop and join for in the round immediately that stitch seems to stretch out.

What am I doing wrong? Should I wait to join on round two?

Thank you!


Bang Out a Carbeth
#2

You might try a needle with a longer and more supple cable. Hope this is helpful.


#3

Thanks. I use Knit Picks cables, do yu know where those fall on the supple scale? I think longer may be help. Thank you!

After I posted I thought of doing a provisional cast on.

Thankfully today’s project was long enough not to need the loop.


#4

I’d rank those as pretty supple. Depending on the project I frequently work a few rows before joining into the round…


#5

. I also work a row or two to avoid that extra blip, but I thought i was doing something wrong to require that. Thanks very much!!


#6

I do that too. A few stitches to sew up, but seems to work better. You also my need to tug a bit at the change.


#7

For working in the round, any style (small circular, magic loop, dpns) I cast on one extra stitch. I work the first row flat (ribbing or plain or whatever), except for the last stitch. I set it up to join to work in the round, and then knit that last unworked stitch together with the first stitch of the new round. This helps tighten things up.

The other way that I do it is to cast on the extra stitch, work the entire first row flat. Then slip the first stitch of the next round knitwise, then pass the last stitch of the first row over the slipped stitch.

Both of these methods decrease away the extra stitch, so you’re back to the required number of stitches.

The advantage to working that first row flat is that you have more to look at when you’re making sure you don’t have a twist.


#8

I use two circulars as it stops the cable in the magic loop method from getting in the way, as it coils itself! I too cast on one extra stitch and knit two together when joining in the round. I then make sure that my stitches are distributed over the two circular needles such that the round marker is a few stitches in, and that the joining stitch is especially tight (the preceeding stitches to the round marker are usually tight as they are part of the cast on) before continuing with the first round. Any residual looseness of the join is usually due to the stitch next to the cast on tail, and can be tightened by working any slack back through the tail. I hope this makes sense!


#9

Adding to the already good advice here: Are you casting on using two needles to “space” the stitches? You could try casting on that first stitch with just the one needle, then adding the second for the rest of the row. Depending on the project, I also make the first cast-on stitch using a counter-clockwise twist instead of a traditional slip knot. This allows the yarn to travel between the stitches more easily. By travel, I mean the yarn can move both ways: into the stitch when it gets stretched by the stress of the join, and back out again when you’ve covered a few rows and everything can relax.