I’m a little surprised they didn’t work – my first attempt at magic loop stuff turned out great and had no ladders in it. This time… Well, you can see from the picture how bad two of them were. The up side is that at least it was only 2 ladders per cuff instead of the four it would have been if I’d used dpns.
Maybe it was because there were two separate items on the loop? I was making sure that the cables ‘crossed’ where they were supposed to to try and minimise the stress on the joins.
Need to get this right before moving on to more complicated patterns.