In this post, you will see how to knit in the round using the magic loop technique.
If you have already been knitting in the round on large projects like scarves or sweaters, you know how easy it can be.
But when you want to make something smaller, like mittens, hats or socks, you may have to use this method.
The Magic Loop Method
Using the magic loop technique in your knitting is easy and will help you to create smaller items in the round.
This can be done by using any cable length from 16 inches to 32 inches or more.
You will need to know this method in order to make some of my knitting patterns including:
If you want to make the easy mittens – you will cast on 18 sts and work K1, P1 rib for 2 inches.
I made the mittens using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in fisherman (yarn weight – super bulky 06).
I knit them on size 10 mm (US 15) 16″ circular needles using the magic loop technique, so there was no seaming involved, just a few loose ends to sew in at the end.
Magic Loop Knitting Tutorial
Begin by casting on the required number of stitches.
(For this tutorial I cast on 18 stitches)
Divide the stitches, then pull your cable up between the center.
Pull the stitches onto the needles, so they are no longer on the cable.
Turn the needles so that the first stitch cast on, is on the needle closest to you.
You can then move the tail of the yarn to one side and get the working yarn ready by hanging it over the back needle.
This is done if you are going to knit into your first stitch.
If you are going to purl that first stitch, you will allow the working yarn to hang down between the needles.
Pull the back needle out from the stitches, so the back stitches are on the cable now.
Keep the working yarn toward the back.
Then bring the needle into the first stitch to knit.
Then you can knit across all the stitches on the front needle.
Once you have knit across the first row of stitches, you can then turn your work.
Now the unworked stitches are facing you.
Pull the back needle – the one you just worked, so the just worked stitches are resting on the cable.
The slide the unworked stitches onto the front needle.
Keep working the yarn toward the back when you knit.
Bring the back needle around and knit the first stitch on the front needle.
Knit across all of the stitches on the front needle.
When you have completed these stitches, you have just worked one round.
You can continue to work this way until you have knit as many rounds as you need.
Repeating this process is using the magic loop!