Thanks, Myrna, for requesting a special video on how to switch needles via the KnitFreedom Facebook page!

Myrna’s question: “I want to know how to change needles in the middle of a project. For instance, I started with a circular needle that is too short and I need to change to a longer one.”

So, Myrna and everyone else, this is what to do (PS — it’s very easy):

To switch needles on Magic Loop, take the new circular needle you would like to switch to and then hold it in your right hand. With the new right-hand needle, begin knitting the stitches on the old left-hand needle.

When you get to the end of the row or round, pull the new needle through, and push the old needle into the stitches on the second half of the round. Knit the other half of the round with the new needle.

Once you get to the end of the round, the old needle should fall out and the new circular needles will be in your knitting. You’ve switched!

KNITFreedom - How To Switch Needles on Magic Loop - Switch Needles From DPNs or Circulars
KNITFreedom - How To Switch Needles on Magic Loop - Switch Needles From DPNs or Circulars

You can do this if you’ve got a project on double-pointed needles that you want to switch to Magic Loop, or in my case in the video, I wanted to switch from Addi Lace needles to Addi Turbos so I could speed through the cuffs of my socks.

If this video was helpful, post in the comments!

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  1. So glad to have come across your video-how to switch needle on ML. My pattern required me to “rib” 2 x 2 then change to a bigger needle size in ML. Problem solved and sorted. Jolly good!

      1. Another mystery I would to solve and I’m sure many socks knitter beginners would like to find out the answer too: once you knitted your heel flap, shaped your heel and pick and knit…how do you rearrange your needles in ML?
        This stage is not crystal clear to me, yet!

        1. Hi Jose,
          The wonderful thing about Magic Loop is that you can fit all those heel stitches on one half of the round – all on one needle. So there’s no rearranging needed.
          I have a paid Top-Down Socks on Magic Loop class that shows videos of all the heel steps.

          My free top-down sock patterns for Magic Loop describe how to divide your stitches so there’s no rearranging needed.

          I also love doing socks toe-up on Magic Loop because there are usually no heel flaps or the heel flap is integrated into the sock.

          Either way, it works the same as what I described above- all the heel stitches stay on the same needle “half.”

          Hope this makes sense! Let me know if you have any questions or if you try it out.

    1. This method did not work for me to switch needles after completing the brim of a beret. I now have one needle facing forward where the working yarn is, and one needle facing back where the magic loop used to be. Don’t see how I can fix it. I usually find your videos very helpful. Thks.

      1. I fixed the problem by removing the needle facing toward the magic loop and placing those stitched on waste yarn, then threaded the needle back in, in the opposite direction. When I get time, I’ll play around and see if I can figure out how that mistake happened amd how it can be avoided. Though Liat may know.

        1. Great job fixing it Alison! I would have suggested exactly what you did to fix the problem. Perhaps the video showing how to switch needles for two-at-a-time knitting is what tripped you up? Next time, I would just slide the stitches from the old needle down then knit them with your new needle which should hopefully prevent getting turned around.

          Again, awesome job getting yourself back on the right track and have a great time finishing up your hat! Happy knitting :)

          1. Actually, here’s how I was able to make it work when I tried it again. Knit the first half of the loop using the new needle. Put the needles in ready position. Pull the back needle forward until the needle at the other end is flush with the other side of the work (where the tail is – see pic). Then you can begin knitting with the new needle on the old, on the 2nd side. Then both needles end up in the same direction when you are done.


  2. Thank You for your video!! Your video was the only one I could find on how to switch needles when knitting on magic loop. I can now switch needles with ease :))) Happy Knitting!

    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      I’m so delighted that this little post helped you with your knitting! It was a student request many years ago. This is a basic skill that most Magic Loop tutorials overlook, but I thought it was worth posting. Thank you for your comment!

  3. Sheila Pylypiuk

    I paid for your Superstars videos…not terribly helpful! I was really hoping that you would show me how to switch needles on magic loop for a sleeve…just one thing not two at a time! Still dont get it…

  4. Thank you for showing us how to do this! I’ve tried several times to change a needle and really got myself twisted up.

    Am I the only one that has a radically different tension on Magic Loop than I do when I use DPN’s? I knit a pair of fingerless gauntlets for my daughter. I did one hand with DPN’s and then I found out about Magic Loop. So I used the same size needle, but ML and the second gauntlet was enough smaller that I had to frog it and start over. It was tight to the point of being able to see skin through the stitches. I know I knit it the same way as the first because it was my pattern and I wrote down, as I did each row, what I did so I could duplicate it. It looked identical to the first, just about 20% smaller. (She wanted FITTED gauntlets, so they were snug to begin with.) It was just a simple stockinette stitch and it was almost as long as the first, but much smaller around.

    I’m making this comment because of the suggestion about someone wanting to change from DPN’s to ML mid-knit. Just thought I’d throw my experience out there. Before someone changes in mid-stream, they may want to use some of the same yarn and do a test swatch in pattern, in the round using ML and see if their tension is the same. YMMV.

    1. Hey, Darlene, thanks for sharing this! I am very curious as to why you suspect that your knitting was so much tighter on Magic Loop. I haven’t heard this type of comment before and I’m so glad you posted to alert other readers.

      Did you notice that the stitches were tighter? Were they harder to knit into? Was the yarn tightly pressed to your finger as you knitted, instead of flowing easily? If so, check out this video on knitting too tight and let us know if that helps!

    2. Oh, that’s interesting! I’m planning to start a project on DPNs and move to magic loop (once the circular needles arrive — I’m impatient). I’ve never done magic loop, so hopefully I can transfer it easily enough. This video was helpful! But now I’ll also be interested to see if my tension changes between the two methods.

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