How to Make Magic Loop

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It may seem difficult to work this technique but I assure you that after you made a couple of rows is easy and super fun! Magic Loop is a great solution for knitting small diameter tubes, like socks, sleeves and crown top hats and is used to knit my two favorites baby sweaters: Candy Baby Sweater and Crossing Games Baby Sweater. I made a full tutorial with step by step instructions and pictures for you to learn and apply Magic Loop technique with confidence.

To learn Magic Loop technique you will need 1 long circular needle.

I´ll use 32” (80cm) circular needle and for this example I CO 56 sts. Move your stitches to middle of circular needles, to make easy this demonstration I marked each needle tip, one in red and the other in green circles.

Fold your cable in half and pull out a loop of cable in the middle of your stitches, you will have half of stitches on one side, your loop and the other half of stitches.

Slide the stitches to the needle points, be careful not to twist the stitches, you will have your two needles together with our marked red and green circles.

Pull out the needle with red circle (is the one with working yarn). Pull it out all the way as shown on picture.

Insert your red circle needle and knit first stitch of green circle needle (this is your first stitch of the round so make sure you give a nice tight tug to have a clean join at the cast-on edge), continue knitting the rest of stitches.

Knit across the rest of stitches until end of green circle needle. At end of this stitches your green circle needle drops and you have your knitted stitches on red circle needle. Turn your work 180 degrees, knitted stitches are on the back, cast on stitches are on front.

To prepare to knit the next set of stitches, pull the cord back on green circle needle until stitches are on the needle tip and you have your two needles together again.

Pull out the red circle needle.

Pull it out as you see on the picture. Insert your red circle needle and knit first stitch of green circle needle (give it a nice tight tug to have a nice clean join).

Knit across the rest of stitches until end of green circle needle.

Place a stitch marker and turn your work 180 degrees.

Let´s do it one more time! This time with the stitch marker. * Pull the cord back on green circle needle until stitches are on the needle tip and you have your two needles together again.

Pull out the red circle needle. Pull it out as you see on the picture. Insert your red circle needle and knit first stitch of green circle needle (give it a nice tight tug to have a nice clean join).

Knit across the rest of stitches until end of green circle needle.

Turn your work 180 degrees and pull the cord back on green circle needle until stitches are on the needle tip and you have your two needles together again.

Now you have your two needles together again. Pull out the red circle needle.

Pull it out as you see on the picture. Insert your red circle needle and knit first stitch of green circle needle (give it a nice tight tug to have a nice clean join).

Knit across the rest of stitches until end of green circle needle.

Slice your stitch marker, turn your work 180 degrees and repeat from*.

Continue knitting until the required length for your pattern.

Patterns That Use Magic Loop

Crossing Games Baby Sweater 

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Candy Baby Sweater

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Raverly

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Rosalinda Baby Dress

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Raverly

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Etsy

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4 Responses

  1. Teresa
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    Interesting. I’m used to magic loops in crochet, I’d never hear about them for knitting.
    It will probably take some practicing on my side, especially because although I learned out to knit, it’s not a hobby I take up often, but I’ll be sure to give it a try.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really crafty link Party. Pinned.

  2. lilia Vanini
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    you will love this technique!

  3. Calleen Petersen
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    I’ve heard of the magic loop for crocheting but I didn’t know that there was one for knitting as well. Interesting.

  4. lilia Vanini
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    Oh! yes! Magic loop for knitting is a great technique, try it! you will love it!

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