Magic Loop Knitting: Knit Faster in the Round
Ditch the unnecessary fuss of all those DPNs! Join designer Kate Gilbert, and start knitting magic loop! Kate will teach you how to work short circumferences on one long needle, so you can keep track of fewer tools and create projects in a flash. Along the way, you'll practice your new techniques in three practice projects: a colorwork cowl, cabled cuff-down socks worked one at a time and a pair of toe-up socks worked at the same time on one needle. You'll start with techniques for casting on, evenly distributing your stitches and troubleshooting common problems. Then, discover how to make easy work of cable charts, work a short row heel with a gusset and even create beautiful colorwork! If you've already made socks with DPNs and are looking for an easier and faster method, this is the class for you!
Kate Gilbert has been designing beautiful patterns since 2004. Her work has appeared online and in a variety books and magazines. In 2008, she started Twist Collective, an online outlet where creative minds can publish patterns and articles that knitters love, while receiving the fair wages they deserve. Kate is now editor-in-chief and publisher of Twist Collective, but still finds time for her first love: design.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Instructor Kate Gilbert shares why she loves the magic loop method and points out the best needles for the job. Then, get started with magic loop knitting in a practical way: learning to cast on! Kate walks you through the process step by step and gives you some tips for swatching the perfect gauge every time.
In this lesson, Kate lets you in on her favorite tips and tricks, such as how to convert a pattern written for double-pointed needles into a magic loop pattern. You'll also learn how to manage your needles when working lace and cables, avoid ladders in your work and weave in yarn tails as you knit!
Ready to really practice magic loop knitting? Kate teaches you how to knit a lovely pair of socks from the cuff down. With Kate's guidance, casting on and even interpreting the cables on your chart will be a breeze. You'll also get detailed directions on working a short row heel with gusset. They fit most feet perfectly!
Learn how to finish the gusset and foot of your cuff-down socks before Kate demonstrates how to smoothly and evenly work the toe decreases on just one needle. Then, master grafting the toe step by step. No one will be able to see your seams!
Time to cover the most magical part of the magic loop: working two socks at the same time on one long needle! Kate teaches you how to cast on at the toes, work the feet of both socks and start the heel gussets.
Kate walks you through finishing your "twin socks," starting with turning the heel. Once you work the leg and cuff, you'll discover a sturdy but flexible tubular bind-off that helps your socks slip on and off with ease!
Time for a bonus: colorwork on magic loop!. Breeze through a lovely tricolor cowl pattern as Kate teaches you to read colorwork charts. Then, cast on along with Kate to learn some tips for managing colorwork on one long needle. Plus, enjoy a little inspiration as Kate shares fun project ideas that work perfectly for magic loop!