Advanced Knitting In The Round – part 1

In part one of section two of her Knitting in the Round masterclass series, Rosee Woodland takes us through the Magic Loop method, step-by-step.

Adavanced Knitting In The Round

In section one of this masterclass series, we looked at why and what to knit in the round, yarn choice and when NOT to knit in the round, cast-on methods, and at working on double-pointed needles and on two short circulars. 

We will now look at the Magic Loop technique before tackling some more advanced methods of knitting in the round.

MAGIC LOOP: HOW TO DO IT

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound1Cast on the required number of stitches plus one extra stitch onto a long circular needle (at least 80cm long). 

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound3Push 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.

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

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound4Push 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.

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound5Catch the first stitch on the BACK needle and slip it as if to knit, onto your FRONT needle. 

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound6The last and first stitches you cast on should now be sitting next to each other.

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound7Push the FRONT needle to the left again, so that the stitches move back onto it.

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound8Now, 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. 

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound9Place a stitch marker on this needle. Insert the tip into your first two stitches on the FRONT needle, and knit or purl them together.

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound10You 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.

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound12Now, 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.

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound13Push the FRONT needle to the left again so that the stitches move back onto it.

AdvancedKnittingInTheRound14Insert 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.

Next time we will look at the technique of laddering, and cast-offs for use in the round.

In our final post we will work through jogless joins and steeking.

 

Rosee Woodland, knitting expertAbout our expert

Rosee Woodland is commissioning editor of The Knitter and is a knitwear designer with a special interest in construction. She teaches classes on knitting in the round.

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