Knitting in the Round: Magic Loop Method

In the latest part of our Knitting in the Round series, Rosee Woodland takes us through the Magic Loop method, step-by-step.

Knitting in the round magic loop tutorial

Step 1

Cast on the required number of stitches plus one extra stitch onto a long circular needle (at least 80cm long).

Knitting in the round magic loop step 1

Step 2

Push the stitches along the wire to its centre and then, (as shown left) bending the wire slightly in half, pull a loop of wire out, from between the two central stitches.

Magic Loop Knitting step 2

Step 3

You will now have two sets of stitches, each about half a row/ round.

Magic Loop Knitting step 3

Step 4

Push these two sets of stitches along the wire until half your stitches are on each needle, near the tips, with the last st cast on sitting on the tip end of the BACK needle, and the first st cast on sitting on the tip end of the FRONT needle.

Now, holding your needles parallel, with the tips to the right, pull the needle tip at the FRONT to the right until the stitches at the FRONT are now on the wire.

Magic Loop Knitting step 4

Step 5

Catch the first stitch on the BACK needle and slip it as if to knit, onto your FRONT needle.

Magic Loop Knitting step 5

Step 6

The last and first stitches you cast on should now be sitting next to each other.

Magic Loop Knitting step 6

Step 7

Push the FRONT needle to the left again, so that the stitches move back onto it.

Magic Loop Knitting step 7

Step 8

Now, again holding your needles parallel, with the tips to the right, pull the needle tip at the BACK to the right until the stitches at the BACK are now on the wire.

Magic Loop Knitting step 8

Step 9

Place a stitch marker on this needle. Insert the tip into your first two stitches on the FRONT needle, and knit or purl them together.

Magic Loop Knitting step 9

Step 10

You will see a loop of wire at either end of the double row of stitches. This is where the name Magic Loop comes from. **Continue to knit until you have worked all stitches on the needle facing you. Turn your work through 180 degrees horizontally, so that the unworked row of stitches is now facing you.

Magic Loop Knitting step 10

Step 11

Now, again holding your needles parallel, with the tips to the right, pull the needle tip at the BACK to the right until the stitches at the BACK are now on the wire.

Magic Loop Knitting step 11

Step 12

Push the FRONT needle to the left again so that the stitches move back onto it.

Magic Loop Knitting step 12

Insert the tip of the BACK needle into the first of the FRONT stitches. Knit the first stitch as you would normally. Repeat from ** to the end of the second needle.

You have now worked one full round and should have a stitch marker at the beginning of your round.

Continue to work as set.

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