Traveling Loop

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I have discovered a variation on Magic Loop knitting that I really like: Traveling Loop.

Instead of making 2 loops at the starting and halfway points in your knitting, you just make the one loop at the beginning. [I cross the cable over itself to close the loop.] Then, as you knit, the loop stays in one place and moves around the knitted piece.

I'm doing it for a hat that I'm knitting for my twin and it works quite well with the Addi Turbo needle I'm using; much better than Magic Loop. I plan to try it on my next pair of socks as well. One bonus is that it marks the start of your rounds, too.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I'm afraid I can't claim to

I'm afraid I can't claim to have invented - or even unvented - the technique: I saw it on a Ravelry forum and googled "Traveling Loop" to find out more about it.
I've restarted the hat on a Boye size 5 needle - 24 inch - and find it a little trickier with the really stiff cable it has, but it's working out fine. Now, my main concern is that the cap will fit properly and I won't have to restart it yet again.

Bill's picture

I was trying to understand

I was trying to understand your traveling loop...and couldn't.
...now that I've watched the video, it makes perfect sense.

Tom Hart's picture

Thanks for that, Joe. I

Thanks for that, Joe. I googled it and saw the YouTube video. I'll use it for my next hat or sweater. Doesn't really work for small items like socks and gloves. But for bigger stuff I'd say it's the bomb, as the young people say these days.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I still think I'll try it

I still think I'll try it with my KA needles for a sock. If it doesn't work, it isn't a big deal to switch to Magic Loop.

Tom Hart's picture

What's a KA needle? The

What's a KA needle? The thing is, with small circles like a sock or a glove, the whole thing fits onto one needle. So how do you close the circle? Seems like you've got to have a bit on the cable/wire/filament/whateveryoucallit to knit onto the new needle.

Tom Hart's picture

I don't suppose there's any

I don't suppose there's any hope of a video.

I use magic loop, Joe. I'm intrigued by your concept. I just can't figure out how you do it. Right now I've got the cuff of a glove on a 60" addi turbo. I like the long turbos because when I do socks I'll pull out 3 and 4 loops to mimic dpn's. It makes it easier to follow the pattern. Anyway I like the sound of a "traveling" loop. I just can't seem to get what you mean by making one loop at the beginning.

Are you old enough to remember the Jackie Gleason show when he'd say, "A little traveling music, Sam"?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yes, I do. That, and

Yes, I do. That, and "AAAAA-Waaaayyyy we go!"

ronhuber's picture

Thanks, Joe. I am going to

Thanks, Joe. I am going to try that. What length of circular did you use?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I think it is a 32 inch

I think it is a 32 inch cable. I know it isn't the 40+ inch that Addi recommends for Magic Loop. I'm planning to try it with my KA 24 inch cable 2.25 mm sock circular; I can do Magic loop on it [because of the super flexible cable] but Traveling Loop may make it easier still.

ronhuber's picture

Would you call it an

Would you call it an invention or an unvention?