How To Master Magic Loop Knitting In the Round
Why should you even care about Magic Loop knitting?
Magic loop knitting is when you use one long circular needle to knit in the round, regardless of the circumference of the project. You can apply the magic loop knitting technique to any in-the-round pattern, even if it’s written for double-pointed needles.
Magic loop knitting can be done on any needle size with a cable length of at least 32 inches or more. I personally prefer a 40″ cable for magic loop, but I know some who prefer a 24″ cable. It’s just a matter of trying out a few lengths to find the one that will work the best for you and your knitting.
What Made Me So Interested in Magic Loop Knitting
I’m relatively new to Magic Loop Knitting. I’ve been knitting with magic loop for maybe two years now. But I find myself looking for more magic knitting patterns. I just love it.And the more I use it, the more I want to use. Yes, I’m hooked. or should I say…needled. Okay, now I thought that was funny, get it? needled…knitting needles. Okay, never mind. Anyway, this is the very first little baby thing that I magic loop knitted. It was a great starter because only the little sleeves are magic looped. And it is the cutest little thing. And a great hit at the baby shower. You are going to love it too. This is a free baby cardigan pattern. Have a look.
So a few pointers regarding Magic Loop Knitting
The pictures to emphasize what I am trying to help you with are of a pair of socks I am knitting for myself. I am knitting magic loop and two socks at once on 40 inch circular needles. But the pictures will focus on the point being made.
You cast on with magic loop just like you do with any knitting project. And any kind of cast on that you prefer works with magic loop knitting. If you are knitting socks toe up there is a really nice cast on that you can do and a quick search will give you help with that. But here we are focusing on any kind of cast on that you like. I usually do long tail cast on, especially for baby patterns.
If you are right handed, your knitting starting position for each round is ALWAYS with both needle tips pointing to the right. This is a must. and the working yarn will always be over the back needle.
There is a tail that hands down with the working yarn, be careful not to accidentally pick up the tail to knit with, Also use the tail to mark where you are on the round. If the tail and the working yarn are on opposite ends of your stitches, after completing the first pass across, you have only knit half a round. If they are hanging together, you have made it around one time. This helps to keep you oriented as to where you are in the round.
The working yarn is always on the back needle tip laying over the needle, NEVER under the needle.
The Magic Loop Knitting technique is creating a loop or tube of knitting, perfect for socks, or sleeves or caps, anything that you would knit in the round.
Another area that causes a little concern to a new magic looper is the connecting area between the two needles as you make your round. It seems they are way too loose and that it will leave a big gap. Also you are tempted to pull really tight in this area to compensate. Fight that urge. You can snug it up a bit if you are a loose knitter anyway, but really just knit normally.
One thing that really helps is when you pull the back needle out of the stitches on the back and loop it around to begin knitting the live stitches on the front needle. Hold the front needle and the back cable close together as you connect, this will help those stitches appear tighter and make you less anxious. But it will be okay even if you don’t do that.
This image gives you a better idea of how they just come together and everything works out if you just keep knitting.
So Now That that is Out Of The Way…
Well that tied up a few loose ends… couldn’t help it, I thought that was funny. Okay fine! Those are the particulars that I wish I could have had help with in the beginning. Now I’ve found some great videos to let you see it live, and also some patterns for you to practice with. I know you will do well with this, because it is so doable. and not too difficult for anyone to figure out.
But I also wanted to share with you the course I took to learn magic loop. It is a video course sold by Craftsy, The instructor is Lorilee Beltman and it is an amazing course. It goes step by step and really makes you learn in a logical manner. I highly recommend it. And because it is video it is easy to come back to to refresh your memory if you ever feel stuck in a pattern. And she talks about a lot more than just socks, although that is my favorite. Anyway the course is Knit Smarter With Magic Loop. I hope you enjoy it too.
Itty Bitty Baby Socks Free Magic Loop Knitting Pattern
Top down Free baby sock knitting pattern. These socks are easy knitting even for your first sock knitting adventure. And it is a simple instead of ornate pattern so you will be able to complete the project quickly But simple does not mean it is not the cutest socks ever.
Magic Loop Knitting Can Be Used In So Many Different Places
The magic loop knitting method is the newest and most innovative ways to knit in the round. If you’ve ever knit with circular knitting needles or Double pointed needles, the magic loop method will be a breeze, and might actually feel like magic! In this video, you’ll learn just how truly magical it can be to knit in the round.
This is a super fun and inventive way for you to switch up the way you are knitting in the round. Plus, this is great for people who are just learning how to knit in the round because you are still using the same motions and technique as knitting flat! If you’re knitting something like the sleeves of a knitted sweater, the magic loop method will come in handy because it’s very easy to increase the number of stitches in your circle without switching our your needles. You can also use the magic loop method to knit very tiny tubes for things like seamless gloves or even the tiny fingers of a pair of gloves, or little baby things, hats, socks, sleeves. whatever is a tube.
A Great Magic Loop Beginners Explanation Video by The Nervous knitter.
She teaches real magic loop. She likes to say she teaches the mess of it all, she doesn’t pretty it up and it makes you understand just how doable this really is. She takes you from cast on to actual magic loop knitting. Great tips and tricks to keep you on track. Watching this video you’ll be able to knit magic loop.
A Much More Professional Magic Loop Video by KnitPicks But It Leaves Out The Mess
This is a more professional quick introductory video by KnitPicks that gives you a strong perspective of magic loop and you can see a different knitter perform the knitting. It is always good to get more than one perspective and everyone has a point that really makes you go ahhhh.
You will see by watching these videos that there are several opinions on how to magic loop as to what size needles to use, And the fact is, it is entirely up to you, what feels comfortable for you. I happen to prefer 40 inch circular needles. They are the most comfortable for me when knitting baby patterns. But the basics of magic loop, how to cast on, dividing the cast on stitches between the two points on the one circular needle, holding the working yarn in the back, holding the wire and the one needle close together for the first knit stitch when you turn the corner. It is all the same. It is basic and very doable. And once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature.
My favorite circular knitting needles are sold at KnitPicks, they are caspian and I like the interchangeable tips with the 40 inch cable. I purchased mine in a kit of multiple, but they come in a single size needle tip and then purchase the cable length of your desire. Anyway, you should have a good set of circular needles for magic loop knitting.
And if you don’t like double pointed needles, this is your alternative and you will love it. In my opinion, it is the easiest way to knit in the round and I have knit on double pointed needles for years. There is also a method that you use two circular needles. I admit I know nothing about this method.
Free Pattern Magic Loop Baby Hat
This will give you a pattern actually written just for magic loop and show you how it relates to any other hat pattern. A quick and easy way to knit a hat in the round. And it is very cute and would easily make a great baby shower gift.
Free Baby Sock Magic Loop Knitting Pattern From Ravelry
A quick and easy baby sock pattern designed specifically for magic loop on one long circular needle.
These cute and useful baby socks knit up quickly in worsted weight yarn, and make a wonderful gift. This pattern features plenty of step-by-step photos to guide you along, as well as a guide to grafting/kitchener stitch at the end. Socks are a great thing to practice magic loop knitting.
A Final Video by Craftsy A Great Introduction To All Methods Of Knitting In the Round
Now this is a great video by Craftsy that introduces you to all the different methods of knitting in the round with their opinion of pros and cons for each method. And yes they even talk about the double circular needle method that I know nothing about. Plus they give you a couple tips about magic loop.
Not from the beginning like the Nervous Knitter did, but that’s okay, you’ve already learned that from her and it is good to see other people knit so you can get a good feel of it. Anyway, a very informative video to let you know all there is to know about knitting in the round.
Magic Loop Baby Socks Free Pattern
Gauge: 8 stitches = 1″ Size: newborn to 3 month
Cast on 32 sts, with US 1.5 40 Inch circular needle; divide stitches evenly on your cable to prepare to magic loop, push stitches up to both needle tips, make sure your working yarn is over the back needle.
Work in the round 2×2 ribbing (knit 2, Purl 2) around leg for 24 rounds. (A variation of ribbing that I like to do is Fisherman rib knit. It makes a wonderful soft squishy ribbing that is perfect for baby’s little leg.) You can learn about Fisherman Rib knit in this post.
Turn the heel over the next 16 sts. (Here is a video to help you if you are not sure how to turn a heel)
Working over all sts, continue to work in stockinette stitch until the foot measures about 2 1/4″.
*K1, ssk, (slip, slip, knit) k10, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row – 28 sts
K one round. (Here is a video to help you with ssk)
*K1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row – 24 sts
K one round.
*K1, ssk, k6, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row – 20 sts
K one round.
*K1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row – 16 sts
You will now work the toe decrease as established until only 8 stitches remain.
Leave a long tail and cut yarn. Graft toe stitches together using Kitchener stitch. (Don’t be intimidated by the Kitchener stitch, it is just sewing with a tapestry needle in a pattern. Here is a great video to help you do this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7i5JwEReW0)
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- 1 How To Master Magic Loop Knitting In the Round
- 2 What Made Me So Interested in Magic Loop Knitting
- 3 So a few pointers regarding Magic Loop Knitting
- 4 So Now That that is Out Of The Way…
- 5 Itty Bitty Baby Socks Free Magic Loop Knitting Pattern
- 6 Magic Loop Knitting Can Be Used In So Many Different Places
- 7 A Great Magic Loop Beginners Explanation Video by The Nervous knitter.
- 8 A Much More Professional Magic Loop Video by KnitPicks But It Leaves Out The Mess
- 9 Free Pattern Magic Loop Baby Hat
- 10 Free Baby Sock Magic Loop Knitting Pattern From Ravelry
- 11 A Final Video by Craftsy A Great Introduction To All Methods Of Knitting In the Round
- 12 Magic Loop Baby Socks Free Pattern
- 13 Pin This Pin to Your Favorite Board For Future Reference