Magic Loop Knitting

18 Mar

So there are two ways of knitting something in the round – circular needles and double pointed needles (dpn).  I have never been able to figure out how to use a set of double pointed needles, so I got really good at magic looping with circular needles.

You magic loop when your piece of work (art, fabric, whatever) gets too be too small for your circular needle cable.  In the pictures below, I am working on a hat – the decreases got to be too small – too few stitches for how much cable i had – so I transferred the stitches from the 16″ circular to the 32″ circular.  You can magic loop with any length circular, it is better to have too long than too short.  In a pinch i have used the same 16″ i was knitting the hat on, but I do not recommend.


Someone on my favorite facebook group asked how to do a magic loop.  I was in the process of getting ready to do that on a hat i was knitting, so i took pictures, posted them on the post.  Then she goes “You should make tutorials!”  So here you go.

So you’ve got this thing your knitting, in my case a hat.  You’ve got too few stitches for the amount of cable you have on your needle.  So you’re going to want to knit the stitches onto the longer circular needle.  In my case the grey needle is a 16″ circular, the metal/shiny needle is the longer circular (i think its 28 or 32″ long)


So you awkwardly (and yes, it is awkward) knit the stitches from the short needle to the long needle.  Eventually it’ll get too hard to knit, so you’ll pull the stitches onto the cable.


Pull the stitches onto the cable of the longer needle and then keep knitting with the longer needle till you have all your stitches onto it.  Put the shorter needle somewhere else.  Since i’m doing this on the bus, I put the shorter needle into my backpack.


(sorry for the blur, i’m doing all this knitting on the bus!)

So you’ll have all your stitches on the longer needle.  Put them in the middle of the longer one.  Count the stitches (here i have 21, but i’ll fix it by putting 11 on one side and 10 on the other then k2tog’ing 2 on the 11 side together), put half on one side, half on the other and pull the cable out so theres a loop.  Magic. Loop.


The needle you are knitting with will always be the bottom needle.  the “top” needle will actually be on the side, the stitches will stay on the cable, but be parallel(ish) to the ones you are knitting.  Knit them.


Now you need to flip it – so that the stitches you are to knit are on the bottom and shove the cable into the bottom stitches so you see the needle and pull out the needle from the top stitches so you have cable.



This is what it looks like while you are knitting – a loop on each side.


You will always have a box.  I wanted 3 stitches on each “needle” to finish off my hat, so I k2tog, k1, k2tog’d each side.  Then cut my tail, and threaded the yarn thru the stitches and wove in ends.





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