How do you knit in the round using the magic loop technique or "Magic Loop".
There are several sizes of cables on circular needles. In a perfect world, to knit a hat that has a circumference of 65 cm, a needle with a cable of the same size should be used. The problem is that the most common sizes are 40cm – 60 cm – 80 cm – 100 cm – 120 cm – 150 cm.
The magic loop technique allows you to separate your knitting into two halves to knit one after the other.
Here's how :
First, cast on the total number of stitches required (here I cast on 20 stitches, the first stitch of the assembly is stitch 1, the last stitch of the assembly being stitch 20)
Then you have to go out the cable to create a loop in the middle of the row (here I separated in the middle: 10 stitches on each side)
Now we are going to close our knitting to knit in the round. Locate stitch 20, that is the last stitch that you have cast on (easy: it is the one that is connected to the tail. We will use the strand that comes out of this stitch to indicate to knit stitch 1.
But how are we going to knit this stitch in the middle of the cable? You have to slip the stitch on the needle (as well as the 9 others that follow it).
Hold the needle containing stitches 1 to 10 so that it is pointing to the right and pull the other needle to knit into stitch 1. Use the yarn coming out stitch 20 to knit stitch 1.
Now knit the next stitches of the first half ... Notice now that you have two loops on your cable: one on your left (this is the loop we pulled on the cast on row) and the second on the right (the one on the right). it was formed when we pulled our needle to come knit stitch 1)
Here is what your knitting will look like when you knit the first half:
The needle that you just worked now points to the left and the left loop is no longer a loop since your cable is open to the left ... We must now knit the second half of our stitches.
Turn your knitting so that your needles point to the right again (left loop, right opening). It is often at this stage that confusion appears. Here's what you need to remember at all times:
Notice where you are coming from (this is the last knitted stitch, the one that is attached to the tail). Pull the needle coming out of this stitch.
The next stitch is always on the opposite side (beware of the common mistake of retracing your steps and re-knitting the stitches on the same side).
Place the stitch on the needle and knit the second side in the same way as the first one.
Tips and advice :
- We are talking about " rounds " rather than " rows " when knitting in the round.
- When your knitting begins to lengthen into a tube shape, make sure that you are knitting on the outside of the tube and not on the inside. You should always have the "right side" in front of you.
- Know that the first rounds are always more difficult but as your knitting takes shape, your work will become easier.
- To be comfortable with the magic loop technique, you must use a long enough cable to create two good loops around your knitting. If your cable is too short, your loops will tend to unfold and you will have to continually recalculate your stitches to separate your knit into two halves.
- No need to put a marker to identify the start of the round (anytime you turn your knitting to knit the next half, your marker will fall almost every time !!) Rely on the tail : when you are opposite, it is because you have completed one round and you start another.
- Everything that knits with double pointed needles can be knit on circular needles. Conversely, the circular needles give us the opportunity to knit two socks or mittens at a time ... NOT double pointed needles.
- Take care to choose your circular needles. To help you make your choice click HERE.
Understand that it is a "MUST" to know how to knit using the magic loop technique since this technique offers you all the possibilities. Give yourself the chance to experience a few rounds. You will develop the habit and the technique faster than you think.
With a 100 cm needle, you will be able to knit projects of any circumference such as a sweater, a hat, a sock and even the fingers of a glove !! This is the time to practice, why not try the pattern Coulis de Bleuet or the Mitaines de Juliette?
To see this technique in video I suggest you watch this video by clicking here.