Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Circular cast on and magic loop knitting

I've been working on my pattern for the hanging storage bag I posted a picture of several months ago -

It starts with a circular cast on and then progresses in the magic loop technique.  These are 2 fairly simple techniques, but if you haven't tried them before, you can be forgiven for feeling slightly apprehensive.  I thought I'd try to make a video of how I do both of these to hopefully make it a little clearer.  Now, this is my first video, so please be kind! (It may be better viewed on a P.C. as I added annotation, which doesn't seem to show up on my Ipad...)

  • It starts with just a simple loose knot. 
  • If you want an even number of stitches you wrap the yarn around the needle before you enter the loop. For an odd number of stitches, make your first stitch through the loop.  You simply keep wrapping the yarn around the needle outside and inside of the loop for however many stitches you require. 
  • When you've got all the stitches you need, untie the loose knot.
  • Work 2 rows as if for I-cord, passing the stitches back to the other end of the needle without turning, keeping the yarn tight.
  • At the beginning of row 3, divide the stitches for magic loop knitting.
  • Row 4 shows the 'Make 1' increases in each stitch...

... and there you have it!

Once you've got the hang of it, magic loop knitting is just so much easier than knitting on 4 double ended needles and it's perfect for pieces that start with just a few stitches like this - all the way up to much bigger circular knits, as you're not constantly moving your stitches around the needle.


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