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“Tinking” on Magic Loop – How to Undo Knitting in the Round

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“Tinking” on Magic Loop – How to Undo Knitting in the Round

Liat Gat - Founder

May 20, 2011

When you are using Magic Loop to knit in the round, going backwards can be a little tricky, especially if you are just learning the technique. Here's how to take out stitches on Magic Loop.

For someone who loves Magic Loop and knitting mistakes as much as I do, this blog post is the perfect combination!

A student requested this video in the (now closed) KnitFreedom forum on Ravelry, and I was more than happy to record one just for her.

When you are using Magic Loop to knit in the round, going backwards can be a little tricky, especially if you are just learning the technique.

If you need to back up, here’s how to do it:

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  1. I’m trying to switch to continental knitting with magic loop and find it annoying to have the curly “wire” loop in the way. Is there a way to keep or get the “wire” straight? I’m using Addie Turbo oanneneedles. Size 7 47″

    Thanks for any help you can give. Joanne Sorensen

    1. Hi Joanne,

      So sorry for the delay in replying. I was buried under a deluge of comments to a recent blog post I made. But yes, there is a way to tame the “loops” of Magic Loop. I have a video about it that’s part of my Magic Loop class. But the basic idea is that you twist the needle so that the two loops are always facing away from you. Keeping the loops about the same size will also help, as large loops will twist up more.

      Here is the video, which you can watch if you buy the class or become a monthly or Lifetime KnitFreedom member. https://www.knitfreedom.com/my-classes/magic-loop/troubleshooting-magic-loop/#managing-loops-of-cable

      Cheers,
      Liat

  2. Liat, I don’t know if I am in the right spot but I am trying to make mittens with the magic loop. I am noticing my knitting stitches are all on the inside, is this right? I did the ribbing ok, but then when I started to knit the mitten part, the “right side” is on the “wrong side”???? What did I do wrong. Thank you. I have used the magic loop before with no problem.

    1. Hi Johna,
      Great to hear from you! Here is a video from my blog on what happened with your knitting and how to fix it: https://www.knitfreedom.com//magic-loop/getting-turned-inside-out-in-more-ways-than-one
      You may have to un-knit a few rounds, in which case, here’s a video to help you with that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKje3UxQtgU
      Hugs!
      Liat

  3. I’m knitting a throw on circular needles.First row is seed stitch. Almost to end of row and realized my work is joined. Should I just start all over or can I fix this. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Jacqueline,

      I am working on a throw right now too and the circular needles are a real blessing. I’m sorry to say that you will need to start over. Thankfully you are not too far along and will be back on track in no time! ❤️

      Happy Knitting

    1. Joan, Did you ever find out if you can fix just 1 & how.. That’s my problem also. I mess up one & have to think the other sock also. It’s maddening!

  4. Hi, I knitted a scarf for my daughter and it’s finished. My problem is I don’t know which end is the “end”. It’s too long and I must shorten it but I don’t know which end of the scarf I must take apart to shorten it. I can’t find an answer, can you help?

    Thank you so much for your good information that I can find on google.

    Louise Lajeunesse

    1. Back out the yarn from the first stitch. Very gently pull on the yarn tail to see if the next stitch releases from the yarn tail. If so, you have found the ending yarn tail and put it on a needle or stitch holder. If not, you have found the beginning yarn tail and need to go to the other end to begin shortening your daughter’s scarf. Replace this tail and weave it in. The beginning stitches have to be “undone” one at a time. The ending stitches will “unzip” rows at a time. On the last row to be ripped, put the stitches on your needle individually as in the first video.

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