Kara’s Quick-Knit Tip: Magic Loop

If you find double-point needles awkward, try using the Magic Loop method for knitting small-circumference projects. Simply follow these steps to get started:

Step 1:

Cast on the required number of stitches onto a 29-inch, or longer, circular knitting needle. Slide the stitches to the cable portion of the circular knitting needle. Pinch the cable in half and then pull to create a large loop.

Step 2:

Arrange half the stitches on one knitting needle tip, and half on the other tip.

Step 3:

Hold the knitting needle in your left hand, and pull out the part of the needle that holds the “tail end” so that the stitches that were on the needle tip are now resting on the cable. Begin working the stitches that are still on the opposite needle as if you were working on straight knitting needles. ¬†At the end of the row, simply turn the work and re-position the stitches so half the stitches to be worked are on the needle tip and the other half are resting on the cable.

Continue to work in this manner until desired length.

Example of how your work looks on the needle.


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  3. Glenda Hahn says:

    Thanks for offering this loop directions. I am 71 years old and have just mastered knitting after all these years. I am determined to learn as much as I can. Thanks again.

  4. Ruth says:

    This is fantastic! I have been trying to find a method to knit in the round that doesn’t rely on dpns. A lot easier doing fair isle patterns on hats too.

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