How to : knit with Magic-Loop
Hello everyone! Now that you’ve learned how to knit in the round on circular needles, some of you asked me several questions about how to use the Magic-Loop technique.
What is the Magic-Loop ?
For knitting in the round with a small number of stitches, there are several techniques : you can use double-pointed needles, 23cm needles or the Magic-Loop technique on circular needles. Using these methods will allow you to knit projects with only a few stitches (small diameter) like if you wanted to make socks, mittens and gloves, or sleeves.
The Magic Loop is made with circular needles and a longer cable than your number of stitches (compared to the circular knitting for the bodice where the cable should be slightly smaller). The principle is very simple: the row is divided by two, and you have to knit half of it, and then the second half. Basically, one half of the stitches is worked while the other is waiting on the cable. The fact of having stitches on standby allows you to have enough flexibility to be able to knit the others.
The Magic Loop is used in two cases: Either to start a project starting from the bottom like sleeves, mittens (or the ankle for the socks), or to knit your sleeve that is already attached to the body of your sweater.
- How to start Magic Loop
In this first video, I show you how to divide your stitches on the cable, join in round, and knit with this technique when you want to assemble a project that has only a few stitches (16 in this example). This will be the case if you start a sleeve by the wrist for example.
As I’m speaking in french in this video, here are the steps to help you :
– Begin by casting on the required number of stitches : on this video, I casted 16 stitches. – Move the stitches to the center of the cable and find the middle point in the stitches. – Gently bend your cable to bring a bit up between the center stitches. In my case, I split them to have 8 stitches on each side. – Pull the cable gently to the point where the cast on stitches are now resting on the needles and not the cable. – Turn the needles so they are horizontal and the first stitch cast on is on the needle closest to you. – Pull the back needle out so the back stitches are on the cable now. Be careful not to twist your stitches. Bring the needle into the first stitch to knit. – Knit your first stitch, and the rest of the ‘half row’! – Once done, turn your work: turn your needles so the unworked stitches are now closest to you, pull the back needle out so the just worked stitches are now on the cable. – Prepare to knit the first stitch. – Once done, you have knitted your first row! – Continue like this for more rows!
- Knit Sleeves in Magic Loop
In this second video, I show you how to collect the stitches of your sleeves that you’ve put on hold, raise new stitches of the armholes, and start to knit this sleeve with the Magic-Loop technique. This will be the case if you knit a sweater or a cardigan whose construction is from top to bottom
And here it is for this time! I hope that the Magic-Loop has no more secrets for you! It is a technique that requires a little manipulation which does not always make it famous! However, I find it relatively simple and I got used to it. If you find this difficult, do not hesitate to test the double-pointed needles or the 23cm needles: The important thing is to feel comfortable to knit! See you soon for a new tutorial!