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I am doing some power knitting today trying to finish up some quick gifts for the members of my small group.  I am making small felted (fulled) bowls and using odds and ends of wool stash and my size 11 circular needles.  I stumbled upon a method that I had never used before in using Magic Loop where you use only one loop.  You start with a big loop on your right hand side and just knit around and around until you get to your marker or the last stitch on your left needle.  It works if you have enough stitches to go around what would be an equilateral triangle with one side being the length of your needles.  So I have cast on 54 stitches for a small bowl, which is just enough circumference with room to stretch if need be.  Here I thought I unvented something, but as it turns out I found a video on Utube called Travelling Loop Method which explains it in a very detailed manner.  This speeds up my knitting so that I don't have to stop and switch sides twice during one round.  Isn't it funny how something so simple can make knitting seem so much fun! 

Happy Knitting!

Allison (aka Purlgirl)

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Tags: Loop, Magic

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Comment by cherylbwaters on January 3, 2012 at 10:39pm

Well, Allison, I'm just now stumbling across your blog. It seems like I've heard about this method and tried it. I'm going to have to check it out on YouTube. I use ML all the time, so I need to see if this works even better for me.

THANKS!

Comment by PurlGirl on December 19, 2011 at 10:53am

Addendum:  I have noticed two more advantages of this method while I've been working with it.  1)  The loop is your end of round marker (no flinging markers across the room) and 2)  I don't tend to twist the cast-on row when beginning to work in the round as much as I do when I have 2 loops!  Amazing.

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