I thought I would share tip with those of you who might NOT have done a lot of Magic Loop knitting.
Last night I was working on a pair of socks for my friend, and in the process of putting pictures of her Doxies on the leg portion, using the Armenian weaving method, I discovered that if I divided my sock into smaller sections, I didn’t have to worry about the ” laddering” at the needle divisions. It allowed me to lay the adjacent section out flat before proceeding to the next one to the left. Here’s the pictures of what I mean.
These three smaller sections (three Doxies, sections A, B and C) of stitches allowed me better control over the tension of the floats, especially between the sections. It also saved me from having to use markers to identify the beginning of the chart, or new dog.
Hummmmmmmm?? Why, I might be able to use this method as if I had double point needles.
I think I am going to opt for a 47 inch next time I order my needles from KnitPicks. I could , of course, pull the cord out at every section, but I guess I’m not very keen on pinching and pulling.
Below is a picture of the left foot sock, finished with an invisible cast off- my favorite. This toe shape is the one I posted in “New Toe Shapes for Toe-up Socks.”
This cast off looks very professional. It makes your sock look like it came right from the factory. I learned this wonderful technique from a book by Peg Arnoldussen, entitled, “Essential Techniques for Serious Knitters.” The book also includes working with “steeks” as well as various finishing tips. It is inexpensive and well worth the money.
You can get her book here.
Just a PS. My socks are modeled on a sock form I made from an old sock. Just stuffed it with fiber fill, and made a heavy folded paper ring to go in the leg part. It works great.