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Emily Explains: Knitting with Two Circular Needles

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If you read my post last week, you’ll know that I’ve been trying to teach myself how to use the magic loop method. I promised that I would start my next pair of socks using this method…

I didn't get too far...

I didn’t get too far…

I didn’t get too far on my new sock, but I did get the chance to visit another yarn shop in my area, Bella Yarns. I had a wonderful day with Naomi and the customers that stopped in. We talked about everything from babies to our love for the classics and all things fiber. My favorite part of the day was sitting  on the sofa and joining in on their knitting class. The ladies were fabulous – full of stories, spunk and exquisite knitting. I can’t wait to join them all again soon!

One of the ladies I was sitting next to was wonderful and full of energy. She was knitting the most beautiful sweater for her granddaughter. I noticed she was knitting the first sleeve using two circular needles. I’d seen and heard of this being done, but had never tried it myself. She inspired me to learn this method of knitting in the round using two circular needles.

Here it goes…

I really like this method! I definitely think that I’ll use it in the future. I’m not sure which I like better (one circular needle versus two circular needless) just yet… which method do you prefer?

Happy Knitting!


14 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love using two circular needles although I have not tried Magic Loop and do not particularly like working with double-pointed needles.

    August 13, 2013
    • emilyoneil #

      It’s all personal preference. It’s great how there are so many ways to knit. We can all find a technique that is comfortable for us : )

      Thanks for checking in !

      August 13, 2013
  2. I first tried knitting on two circs, then moved to Magic Loop. When I tried to switch back to two circulars, I found myself automatically reverting to Magic Loop (with only one loop.) Sometimes it was several rounds later before I realized what I had done. I guess my hands – or my self-conscious mind- may the decision for me!

    August 14, 2013
    • emilyoneil #

      The magic loop is for you : )

      August 14, 2013
  3. april zvan #

    Circular needles are wonderful. I hated double points because I always got a “ladder” when I used them. With the Magic Loop or with two circulars, I don’t get that ladder effect. I also don’t have to worry about dropping and losing a needle when knitting out of doors on the deck!

    August 14, 2013
    • emilyoneil #

      That’s why I like the magic loop too! I brought my magic loop to the beach this weekend

      August 14, 2013
  4. Anita #

    I’m a 2 circular woman. LOL (I think it has to do with my Gemini personality.)

    August 14, 2013
    • emilyoneil #

      I’m torn. I still really like using DPNs but I also really enjoy the magic loop… libra.

      August 14, 2013
  5. Merlyn Greenwood #

    Tried all the variations. Love two circs best for knitting in the round — any circumference. One half is just always out of the way. No ladders. Add a third circ into the round (especially a longer one) and you can try the work on as you go, no fuss no muss.

    August 14, 2013
    • emilyoneil #

      Wow, I’ve never tried that before. That’s great!
      Happy knitting!

      August 14, 2013
  6. Robbie #

    I prefer 2 circs if I can’t knit with one in the round (like a16″ circ for a hat)

    August 21, 2013
    • emilyoneil #

      Thats great! I love having different choices of techniques

      August 22, 2013

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