There are many ways to knit in the round: double-pointed needles, two circular needles, and my favorite, the Magic Loop. Made popular by Sarah Hauschka and Bev Galeskas in the book, The Magic Loop, this knitting technique is a wonderful tool to master.
I like it because it helps avoid the ladders that appear when I use DPNs, and because I can knit any circumference with just one circular needle. Plus, with magic loop knitting, I don’t have to keep track of all of those double pointed needles!
The magic loop is simply a long circular needle, at least 32-inches long (but I think 40 inches is better).
In in the magic loop method, the stitches for a project are divided in half, and loops of cable from the needle are pulled out between the halves. The first half of the stitches are on the needles ready to be worked, and the second half rests on the cable. When the first half of the stitches are worked, the loops are rearranged so the second half of the stitches can be worked.
I’ve put together a tutorial on the magic loop, with step-by-step photos and an accompanying video.
The magic loop is simply a long circular needle, at least 32-inches long. Once learned, knitting magic loop is as simple as grabbing your long circular needle and casting on! Simply enter your email address, download your magic loop knitting tutorial, and get started. And don’t forget to watch the bonus video, Magic Loop Knitting with Knitting Daily (see below).
Learn the magic loop technique in this free eBook, Master Magic Loop Knitting with this Free Guide + Patterns:
#1: Faux Isle Hat by Kathleen Cubley
Faux Isle is a cheater version of Fair Isle knitting. Using a solid color and a self-striping yarn, you can create beautiful colorwork! This is a fun and easy way to create a stranded knitting project. It’s simple enough so that you can use the magic loop method and not have to concentrate too much on the color changes. The Faux Isle Hat is great for men or women, just change the color accordingly.
#2: Honeycomb Socks by Katie Himmelberg
These toe-up socks are a combination of honeycomb cables and ribbing. If you’ve never knit toe-up, now’s the time to master them. Work this pattern and learn how to knit magic loop socks. This is my favorite way to knit socks!
#3: Cozy Mittens by Katie Himmelberg
It’s all about the yarn in these mittens. Choose a self-striping color of soft yarn and whip up some cozy mittens. This quick project makes a great gift. You’ll love knitting mittens with the magic loop!