Cruising into my 12th hour as a member, I will start this blog, see where it goes and assess a bit later. As my intro stated, I've been knitting uhh, maybe 2 months. I have mastered dishrags, using them to figure out gauge and textures. Love doing seed stitch and ribbing, but, face it, it's early days and much yet to learn. My first real product was a stocking cap made from some Jamison wool, worsted, I believe. All went swimmingly until I hit the part where my circulars were too big and there was no way to continue. My instructor (aka Jan, my good friend) probably did tell me about transferring to dpns, but, well, I didn't retain that. So, I made an executive decision to end it where it was, and, fortunately, I can wear it and it looks great, though somewhat truncated... A decent first project. The learning curve is steep, as it should be. I downloaded a free pattern from a blog on for a London Beanie ( like David Beckham wears - woo-Hoo!) and that will be the next project. comments welcome. I am just relieved to find that there are so many men who knit. Go figure. I never suspected....


YarnGuy716's picture

The London Beanie is a great

The London Beanie is a great Magic Loop project. No transferring to double points needed, all done on one long circular needle. I use it for my hats, gloves, socks, anything you would normally use DPNs.

Parrot's picture

Welcome to MWK . . this is a

Welcome to MWK . . this is a great bunch of guys full of ideas, expertise and a willing to help others. Before long, you will be one of the "experts" helping other newbies.

I look forward to seeing your projects . .


Kerry's picture

Welcome to Men Who Knit, I'm

Welcome to Men Who Knit, I'm sure you will enjoy the friendship and creativity.

TomH's picture

Magic Loop Knitting - How To

Magic Loop Knitting - How To ...

There is a short, great (free) video online that shows you how to do the Magic Loop Knitting. It's actually how I learned and it has changed my outlook on taking on patterns that call for double point needles. I'm hooked on the magic loop. Just be sure you use a long circular needle (I use a 40" circular.) You'll go crazy if you try to learn the technique using a shorter needle. I first tried using a 24" and thought I'd lose my mind. The 40" needle made all the difference in the world.

Check it out at:
Magic Loop Knitting and Other Techniques

NOTE: The magic loop video is the third option under "Small Diameter Circular Knitting".

I just finished watching the

I just finished watching the Magic Loop video--- and it lintuitively makes sense. I can hardly wait to leave work today and get home to try it! Thanks for the link.

TomH's picture

Glad it was helpful. You may

Glad it was helpful. You may be a faster learner than I was. I'm embarrassed to say how many times I had to watch the video, practice, watch the video, practice, watch the video ... but it was well worth it. Another trick I found was to use yarn with it's comprable needle size. Originally I was trying to learn using lace weight and # 8 or # 9 US needles. Mistake! I moved up to worsted weight yarn for the learning experience and Eureka! -- it was much easier. I'll probably never go back to double points again - and I'm relieved.

stch's picture

Jim, Welcome to the


Welcome to the wonderful realm of men who knit.

Knitivity's picture

Welcome! Before long you

Welcome! Before long you will be a VETERAN knitter with FOUR months under your belt! :-)

Ray Whiting
Dyer of Wools for Fiber Enthusiasts

Chris Vandenburg's picture

A big howdy and welcome from

A big howdy and welcome from Texas!

For the record you have dropped into the right place. There is a great deal of talent and expertise around here and all you have to do is ask and you will get all the help you need.

Be prepard though, my knitting group here in Dallas are instigating another Men Who Knit Knit knit-along this summer but we haven't decided on the project. We'd love to have you in on it.

May that big Lone Star shine on you from afar,


Why, thank you, Chris. I'd

Why, thank you, Chris. I'd enjoy getting in on the knit-along....hopefully it won't be a project in lace or cable, though I'm certainly open to both, umm, well, skill-level is currently under construction! Keep us posted on the project when determined.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Jim, Although I have never


Although I have never done lace, but want to, cables are no problem at all. It will be a project that will be challenging but capable of all levels of knitting expertise. Last year we did felted clogs and it was a great success.

I'll keep the group posted.


MMario's picture

welcome, welcome, welcome;

welcome, welcome, welcome; Of course you could also have transferred to a LONGER circ and done magic loop, or multiple circs; or used a single dpn and the 'short circuit" method.

but historically there have been a number of styles of hats that were straight tubes gathered at the peak. so why not.

Just goes to show there is no one right answer.

(except, of course, mine *grin*)

MMario - Can anybody tell me what year it is?

The year is 2007.

The year is 2007. NOW:Explain ( redirect to suitable reading material if need be) what the fabled magic loop is,or, short circuit...I'm all ears! And thanks for the welcome!

MMario's picture

are you sure? I could have

are you sure? I could have sworn it was 1539 just a few months ago.

"Magic loop" uses a long flexible circ - and about 1/2 way around you pull the cable through your knitting, reducing your in use cable done to the size you need. When you've worked most of the way around, you pull the cable through at another point so you can knit the part that had the loop.

Short circuit does much the same thing - you use a DPN to make a chord in the circle of the needle's cable - in this case you knit the stuff on the circ with the other end of the circ, when you reach the dpn, you knit it onto a dpn. when the dpn is done, you go back to knitting in the round.

both methods are rather mind-bending until you actually do them - then most people have an
"a-HAH!" moment, even more people have a "well, duh!" mooment, and some people end up with a tangled mess.

MMario - Can anybody tell me what year it is?

RCC's picture

Welcome to the wonderful

Welcome to the wonderful world of problem solving! You did well to solve your challenge and create an entirely new, very stylish example of headwear! Transfering to double pointed needles is easier said than done but not time, using your knitting project, ask someone to share with/show you how to do the transfer.

Knit on.....