Have you heard of the magic loop knitting method before? If you haven’t used it yet, you’re missing out! The magic loop knitting method allows a knitter to knit in a small circumference using circular knitting needles instead of picking up several pair of double pointed needles. Double pointed needles are great in their own right, but I find this method much more portable. Also if you’re new to knitting and have just learned how to knit in a round, this is a great way to explore new types of projects without picking up the more challenging double pointed needles.
Because this method allows knitters to make a tube-like piece of knit fabric in just about any size, it’s a great way to knit socks, hats, sweaters and more.
In order for this method to work, you will need to use a fairly long circular knitting needle (32 inches or longer) so that you have enough room to work without pulling on the yarn. Once you find a circular needle long enough, make sure its cable is thin and flexible. This will make your work much easier.
Once you master this advanced knitting technique, you will love knitting socks and hats all the more! If you use this method for hat knitting, you won’t even need to use double pointed needles to create the crown – how easy is that!
Okay enough talking, here is a great video tutorial from AllFreeKnitting.com that shows how it’s done.
Have you ever used this method for sock or hat knitting? Which do you prefer, knitting with double pointed needles, or using the magic loop method?