Get the correct length of the needle
When you start knitting in the round on the Magic Loop, you only need a few supplies. You get off to a good start with a 40- to 47-inch round needle. Forty-seven centimeters is a good length to be able to knit things two at a time if you feel more comfortable, but there's nothing wrong with getting that length now, so you don't have to buy needles later.
Big-Box store options
There are many different brands to choose from when selecting a circular loop for Magic Loop. If you go to a large box store such as Wal-Mart or JoAnn Fabrics, your choices are limited. You can choose from bamboo circular needles made by a company called Clover. You may also see some needles from Susan Bates, another cheap manufacturer of knitting needles. I do not recommend using these needles because the connections, or the places where the cable connects to the needle, can be rough and remain on your thread. The cables are also often inflexible, making this new and challenging technology even harder to learn.
Local yarn store options
If you go to your local yarn store, you have more choices. You can buy something called an Addi Turbo needle or an Addi Lace needle. Addi Turbo & # 39; s are the most popular needle brand that you can purchase in your local yarn store. They are easy to use, but pretty smooth, with the goal that you want to go fast. If you are used to using bamboo or wooden needles, I recommend starting with Addi Lace needles. They are a bit sticky on the outside, so the thread does not slip off the ends of the needles during learning. The tips are also pointer, which means that it is even easier to insert the needles into your stitches while you are learning.
Addi also sells an interchangeable needle set. This means that they sell many different sizes of needles that you can connect to different cables, so that a whole set consists of just a few pieces. If you enjoy knitting Magic Loop in the round, this might be a great option for you, especially if you have a birthday, you will never have to spend more on needles and you will ultimately save a lot of money on the long term at the yarn store. Addi also has the interchangeable set in the lace needles.
If you are an online shopper, you have even more options. A very popular manufacturer of circular needles is Knit Picks, an online store for yarns and needles. Knit Picks has a few cheaper options for interchangeable circular needles. Their Harmony brand is a wooden knitting needle set that is interchangeable and can be purchased for around $ 80.00. The Knit Picks options are a metal version. These usually last a little longer and they are also a bit more expensive, still around $ 80.00. A new up-and-comer in the field of circular interchangeable needles are called Hiya-Hiya needles. These needles have received much attention on the internet and are worth viewing. Finally, if you really want to give yourself a treat, go to Signature Needle Arts. These aluminum knitting needles are not like your grandmother's knitting needles. They are processed in a factory that makes aviation components. They are so precise, well balanced and feel so well in the hand that many people are addicted to their circular needles. For a sale price of almost $ 40.00 per doll, these are another good choice for your birthday.
A simple option
If you are not sure which one to start with my recommendation is that you go to your local knit shop and select a size 7 circular needle from the Addi Lace brand. Choose the length of 47 inches. This will be a great length to get you started and give you the feeling of knitting in the round on one circular needle or Magic Loop before you make a large investment.
It is a common problem for many novice knitters - you are happy to knit away, but something is not quite right - you started with 20 stitches and now you have 26! Where do these extra stitches come from? And how can you solve the problem?
1. Split yarn
Some yarns - even expensive high-end yarns - are terrible & # 39; splitty & # 39; The folds of the yarn come loose on the needle as you knit, making one stitch look like two thinner ones. Watch out for these thin half stitches - are they really two stitches or just one split in two? If this is a big problem, try a different yarn. Find one that is tighter and even spun.
2. Do not drop stitches from the left needle
When you start learning something new, it takes a lot of concentration and practice before the movements become automatic. When you first learn to knit, it is easy to miss movements without much focus, and sometimes you do not drop a stitch from the left needle when it is knitted. then you knit the same stitch twice, making an extra. Try a rhyme like & # 39; through the hole, along the back, through the loop and jumped out of Jack! & Quot; while making every stitch. You may feel foolish, but soon those four movements are permanently etched into your brain!
3. The first stitch of a row is like two stitches
When you turn your work around to start a row, you have to move your work yarn backwards. If you take the yarn about- the needle, pull the last stitch of your last row over the needle, making it look like two stitches. Of course you start your row through both & # 39; stitches & # 39; - you got one! Make it a habit to take your yarn to the other side below the needle and check how that first stitch lies!
4. Unintended yarns
Do you have holes and extra stitches? You may accidentally make yarn-over! This happens when the work yarn is wound over the needle and knitted in the next row as if it were a stitch. Usually this comes from knitting in the wrong side of the stitch - or & # 39; purlwise knitting & # 39; For a knitted stitch, both needles must go through the stitch in the same direction. Try inserting the right needle in the opposite direction from the left - do you see how to wrap the yarn over the needle to wrap it?
If you have one or two of these and do not want to unravel rows and rows, drop the stitch above the hole, unravel it and use this method for repair fallen stitches . Or see my blog for more information about common knitting problems. Have fun knitting!