It’s Like Magic Y’all!

Pattern:  Learn to Knit Magic Loop Socks by Staci Perry (verypink.com)
Yarn: Cascade Yarn Cascade 200
Colorway: Brooklyn (9465B overdyed with Wine RIT Dye)
Needles: US 5 circulars (Knit Picks 40 inch cable)
Size: Big enough to fit my size 8 ½ feet
Skills: Casting on, decreasing (SSK & K2tog), magic loop knitting, picking up stitches, Kitchener stitch (grafting)

Notes: What a great freakin’ tutorial! I’ve tried to do magic loop before and failed. Using this tutorial/pattern along with the booklet The Magic Loop by Bev Galeskas totally cleared everything up about both magic loop knitting and using the method to knit socks. These were amazingly easy and amazingly fast. Seriously, the second sock only took a few hours to crank out. And even though I’ve made a pair socks before, learning this technique and making this pair socks totally makes me feel like I can take on any sock pattern (I also can’t wait to use the magic loop technique on sleeves and hats too!)!

If you’re even remotely thinking about knitting socks, grab some worsted weight yarn, some long circular needles and check out this tutorial/pattern. It’s incredibly well written and the videos are ridiculously helpful. In the end, you will have a great pair of warm woolly socks, a complete understanding of knitting socks and magic loop knitting, and a silly smile on your face. =D

 

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34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ginny
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 03:14:11

    Love your socks – well done. I learned to knit socks from verypink….though have not tryed magic loop yet!

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  2. Ptinutz
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 19:18:41

    Just begin and already a finished project, that’s really a good start! I love magic loop, I can’t knit in round another way…

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  3. Minding My Own Stitches
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 19:26:07

    And look how cute they are! Love the colour of that yarn.

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    • cheletopia
      Jul 09, 2012 @ 10:34:52

      Thanks! I had such a fun time changing the color of that yarn. It started out very, very orange….I like that the orange only now shows up here and there now. =)

      Reply

  4. Contessa
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 22:05:51

    You give me hope for when I undertake this task on my list!!! I’m definitely bookmarking that pattern. 🙂

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    • cheletopia
      Jul 09, 2012 @ 10:35:53

      YEAH! Do it! Do it! My friend Eve decided to make the same socks using the same pattern and it only took her two days!
      (Can you say green with envy!) It truely is a great pattern!

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  5. kimmery4
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 23:39:51

    What an accomplishment! They look great and you should be proud.I am hoping to do my first socks this year–I plan to try toe-up, two at a time. Should be interesting! Thanks for sharing your pattern website–I have bookmarked it.
    *smiles & cheers *

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  6. Ruth
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 00:17:48

    Love your socks and they are so cute, I’ve not tried the magic loop method before but you post is totally infectious so I’m going to bookmark the tutorial for future use lol.

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  7. mary
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 05:26:55

    I failed at my 1st attempts at a magic loop, then I figured out my circulars were not long enough.. It is on my YOP2013 list!

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    • cheletopia
      Jul 09, 2012 @ 10:41:10

      Don’t feel bad, I totally had a big epic fail when I first tried magic loop. I kept making extra stitches and then I dropped a few stitches…It was a hot mess.

      Glad its on your YOP2013!

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  8. offthehookeastcoast
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 06:32:49

    I’ve never tried magic loop method but I’ll definitely have to try this out! Great socks!

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  9. Sarah - Crafts from the Cwtch
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 06:40:30

    They look great! I love magic loop but have used the very pink tutorials for other things and they are very good.

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    • cheletopia
      Jul 09, 2012 @ 10:43:03

      I like verypink.com – very helpful to see things sometimes.

      Verypink and its creator was featured in Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2012. I was glad to see that she was getting some publicity!

      Reply

  10. Underground Crafter
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 13:15:01

    I love the colorway on your socks. Thanks for sharing the link to the tutorial.

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  11. Kate
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 13:15:54

    Well done, they look great!

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  12. Marsha
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 13:43:20

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the magic loop method for socks. I do them two at a time. I have tried DPN but can not manage to keep track of them and get poked all the time. Congratulations on your new method of knitting in the round.

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    • cheletopia
      Jul 09, 2012 @ 14:06:53

      Thanks!!!

      Don’t get me wrong…I love dpns but I feel like I’m fighting an octopus…I’m just so much faster when doing magic loop. (Crazy excited to use this method on sleeves!!!!!)

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  13. Laura
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 11:17:48

    Magic loop has been on my list for a while – my friends all use it for socks, and it really did look kind of like magic! Thanks so much for the tutorial link. Your socks look awesome – definitely inspiring!

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  14. HillyT
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 14:49:05

    Thanks for the tip off, I will find time to look at that tutorial as sock knitting intrigues me.

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    • cheletopia
      Jul 10, 2012 @ 17:10:39

      Ha! I totally feel you. Like my mom said….”I needed to know how the stitches stopped going one way and then started going the other way. I needed to know!” Ahhh, the magic of the gusset!

      Reply

  15. Emma
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 15:08:37

    Very cute socks, and maybe I’ll have to try magic loop, though I do love my DPNs

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  16. projectstash
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 16:32:36

    I’m inspired!! I love the toe-up method which I think is similar but I’ll definitely check out this tutorial. Thanks!

    Reply

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