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How To: Magic Loop (2aat)



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this video is going to focus on knitting

objects two at a time using the Magic

Loop method you can see I've currently

got two socks on the needles and a nice

long cable this long cable allows us to

work the Magic Loop method I do have a

link in the video below if you're

interested in learning how to knit items

one at a time rather than two at a time

this video is gonna focus on how to cast

on and how to divide our stitches over

both needles so that we can work

effectively two at a time so for the

purposes of this video I've chosen two

different colors of yarn to cast on so

you can tell the difference between sock

one and sock to I'm gonna cast on all of

sock one using this goldish saffron

color and sock two using this gray

so to begin casting on two at a time

Magic Loop method we're going to begin

by putting half the stitches of our

first object on our needle you can use

whatever cast on method you like I'm

gonna simply use the German twisted cast

on I'm not gonna focus on that in this

video but in the link or in the comments

below there's gonna be a link to the

German twisted cast on tutorial I'm

going to assume that my pattern has told

me that I need to cast on a total of

twenty stitches for each item I should

call them socks we'll just call them

socks

um and those twenty stitches would be

divided evenly over the two needles so

my target half of the sock is ten

stitches so I'm at eight nine and ten so

once we've worked half of our first sock

we need to cast on the entire number of

stitches for our second sock so to cast

on the second sock I have dropped my

gold yarn and I'm going to start with a

slipknot you can start however you feel

comfortable and I'm now gonna cast on

the total number of stitches for my

second sock in this case it's twenty

19 and 20 so now what you have on your

needle is half the total number of

stitches you require for your first sock

and the total number of stitches you

require for your second sock we now need

to pull up pull all of these onto the

cable so we can split our second sock

stitches in half and fold the needle so

I'm gonna count out half of my stitches

so 2 6 8 10 and with the shorter tail

sticking out closer to you we're going

to fold the needle in half and pull the

working yarn through and at the same

time we're kind of turning our needles

so that they point to the right okay so

now we've got our working yarns or

pardon me are cast on stitches so that

the second sock is on to two two needles

we still have to cast on the remaining

stitches for sock number one so to do

that we're gonna turn our needles so

that they're pointing to the left get

that gray yarn out of the way and it is

a little fussy on this first stitch I'm

not gonna lie

and we want to set up our our hands so

that we're holding the working yarn as

if we were casting on a regular first

stitch because our yarn is incurred to

that back needle we don't have to worry

about a slipknot we're going to cast on

that first stitch in whatever method you

would in this case I'm using a German

twisted so we're going to keep those

needles parallel to each other or as

close to as we can without getting too

annoying and we're gonna Snug down that

first stitch nice and tight now you're

gonna continue knitting or pardon me

casting on your stitches to the total

number in this case it's 10 for me

because that's half of the total number

required to cast on if you're knitting a

sock it'll probably be say 32 stitches

so I'm going to finish cast

these stitches and then I'm going to

show you the order in which we work in

the round once we have both set of

stitches cast on okay so now I have a

total of 20 stitches cast on for each

sock I've got ten from the original cast

on 20 from the second sock and then the

final ten but my needles are pointing

the wrong direction for knitting so I'm

simply going to rotate my needles so

that we can start working in the round

you'll notice that my cast on tail the

short tail from the cast on is on the

outside of the needle and the working

yarn is sitting between the needles what

we want to make sure before we begin

casting or before we begin working that

first stitch of around is we want to

make sure that our working yarn is

draped over the back needle if it's not

we end up catching it between our

needles and usually end up creating an

extra stitch which we don't want to do

so to get started we're going to pull

out that back needle and you'll notice

that those stitches then move on to the

cable I'm gonna pull it out nice and

long so that we can easily reach around

to the first stitch on our front needle

and again making sure that that working

yarn is sort of draped over the back

it's not caught inside the loop it's

outside the loop we're going to knit

that first stitch I recommend giving a

nice little tug so you don't end up with

a long running thread on that first

round and then we're simply going to

knit across the first stitches in this

case it's ten but the first half of our

stitches so we're just gonna knit or if

you're if you've got a pattern that says

you know knit one purl one working

pattern across that front needle alright

so I have completed all of the stitches

in gold that I can so now I need to move

the silver or the gray stitches onto my

needle into position to work

much like when we did with the gold we

want to make sure that it's sort of

draped over that back of the cable we

don't want to get it caught between our

stitches now if you were working with

two balls of the same color obviously

you'd have to be a little bit more

careful with yarn management but really

you're just looking to make sure that

you don't have your two sets of socks

attached so I'm going to knit to the end

in gray actually I'm gonna pause and

just show you here this is our Magic

Loop this is kind of loopy eight that's

what gives us the Magic Loop terminology

that's why we need a nice long cable if

you were working on a shorter cable I

think you'd find that you'd get kind of

a pinch point at the end of your needles

where you fold your cable so I'm just

gonna work to the end of this front of

my sock and then we're gonna turn our

work so we can work the back and that's

sort of where the mental pattern comes

into play of remembering the order in

how you work your sock so we worked one

two if we're considering this sock one

and sock to I want to say we worked the

front of one the front of two and then

when we turn our work so that we can

knit across the back it's now the

opposite we're gonna work across the

back of two and then the back of one so

we're going to push our needle that's

now closest to us into the stitches off

of the cable and because tugged down a

little bit tight on that first stitch

it's gonna be a little bit tough to push

those stitches so I always recommend

pulling out that back cable nice and

long and what that does is puts that

first stitch onto the cable so you've

got a little bit more play so you can

push your stitches okay so much like

before we're gonna make sure that that

gray yarn is not caught in our loop it's

looped over the back and we're going to

knit across the second pardon me the

back of sock two

and these law are the cast on tails are

actually kind of an important part of

the process of completing around we know

that when we have our working yarn tail

and our cast on tail at the same place

that we've completed around if they're

at opposite ends it means you've only

have completed around so there's the

tenth stitch on the second sock now

we're gonna move this gold yarn into

position to work I've completely dropped

the gray making sure the gold is over

the top and I'm going to the knit to the

end around and that's the intricacies of

working two at a time magic loop the

biggest part to remember is yarn ball

management you'll probably be working

two balls the same color so you want to

make sure that you keep them separate

from each other so you don't

accidentally join your socks remember

that that cast on tail is your indicator

of beginning around thanks for joining

me and happy knitting