It's no secret that I'm a rabid sock knitter. And that my needles of choice are dpns.
As Knitty's sock queen technical editor for socks, I encounter a lot of patterns written specifically for Magic Loop.
Now, I am competent with the Magic Loop technique (video from KnittingHelp.com). I've even taught a workshop on it. But I'm not a fan.
I've been told that people like it because it's easier to manage than dpns. And that it reduces the risk of ladders (loose stitches between the needles).
I find the long cord, and all the pulling makes it tangly and annoying. And the ladders were actually worse. The thing is, it's really all about comfort and how I hold my needles. I get that. Ultimately, it should be the knitter's own choice.
I hate to be prescriptive about it.
Which makes me *faintly* embarrassed that all my sock patterns are written specifically for dpns. And makes me wonder about sock patterns that are written specifically for one needle type or another.
Me, I am miffed when I see a sock pattern written for magic loop, since I know I'll need to do some thinking to convert it.
So, blogiverse, a question: if you're a magic loop knitter, what do you do when you see a sock pattern written specifically for dpns? Do you convert it, or just ignore it? And if you're a dpn knitter, what do you do with sock patterns written specifically for magic loop - convert or ignore? More importantly, should we be demanding sock patterns that are fully general, allowing the knitter to choose the needles to be used? Would love to hear your thoughts.