Here’s a video tutorial by our favorite knitting instructor, Liat Gat of Knitting Superstar, on how to do Magic Loop for knitting hats, socks, and sweaters in the round.
First off… what is Magic Loop?
The Magic Loop, which was invented by Sarah Hauschka and first published by Beverly Galeskas, is the amazing technique of using one very long circular needle to knit anything you want, of any size, in the round.
Instead of using a circular needle that is just the exact circumference of your knitted project, you use one that is very long, letting a loop of cable come out between the stitches.
Magic Loop knitting uses one long circular needle to knit anything in the round, of any size.
Some advantages to using Magic Loop?
Magic Loop solves all the problems inherent in other forms of round knitting, plus, it’s easier, faster, and more fun!
Plus, with Magic Loop, you can try on anything you knit as you go, whether it be socks or gloves, and never worry about losing stitches off the ends of your DPNs, or being stabbed by the ninja star of death.
In this video, Liat will show you how to make a sample tube just to get the hang of Magic Loop.
In order to help you practice reading a pattern, here is what we are doing in the video, but written in pattern-speak:
- Needles: 40-47-inch circular needle, US size 7 or 8
- Yarn: 50 yds worsted-weight scrap yarn (preferably a light color, so you can see what you are doing).
- CO 20 sts. Join in the round using Magic Loop. Rnds 1-10: K.
This video tutorial was created and is brought to you by Liat Gat, the web’s premier knitting instructor, who is also the creator of the most comprehesive video knitting course around: Become a Knitting Superstar.