Thursday, April 20, 2006
Magic Loop, my new obsession
It's been a while since I pushed myself to learn a new technique. I kept hearing about using "Magic Loop" method for socks. I found a site that explained how to get started and hauled out my "Simply Sensational Socks" book and set to work on my prototype sock. It was really easy to get the hang of it and once I got the rhythm of the technique down it really went fast.
After starting the cuff I decided that I needed a little more tangible instructions so I picked up the Magic Loop booklet by Fiber Trends at Neighborhood Knits in Dearborn. They didn't have the size 2 Addi's that I needed to start another pair. Why not have 2 or 3 going at the same time? So I roped mom Larj into going out to Royal Oak to Ewe-nique Knits. Marilyn had the size needles that I needed and she also had a Magic Loop sock of her own that she was working up. Marilyn also showed me a different way to arrange the stitches to avoid having to place markers for decreases along the gusset. This made my day! I'm all about simplification whenever possible.
As you can see from this pic, the instep stitches are worked on one needle and the heel and both sides of the gusset are worked on the other. Decreases are made at either "corner" at the beginning/end of the gusset/heel needle.
k1, ssk at the beginning and k2 tog k1 at the end.
The decreases are worked every other round until there are an even number of stitches on each needle. No need to rearrange to do the body of the foot or toe decreases! Nifty!