Here is a basic hat pattern for Magic Loop that is perfect for learning this awesome technique.
Or, if you’re teaching a lucky friend how to do Magic Loop, you can each make one – you can practice Continental knitting in the round or knitting faster while your friend practices the basic movements of Magic Loop.
Why not use this opportunity to try the Travelling Loop method? It’s a cool way of using one loop of cable when knitting a large-ish diameter project, like a hat or small sweater.
I usually start out using normal Magic Loop, then switch to using one loop after I increase to the widest diameter of the hat (here, 100 stitches), and then switch back to using two loops when I start to decrease.
Basic Magic Loop Hat Pattern
The pattern calls for worsted-weight yarn and size 7 circular needles at least 40 inches long – be sure to check your gauge (in the round, of course) before you start!
Size: one size fits most
Measurements: 16-inch-brim stretches to 20 inches around. Hat fits a 19-21-inch head.
Yarn: 100 g (150 yards) worsted-weight wool
Gauge: 5 sts/in in Stockinette stitch
Needles: 1 circular needle, 40-47 inches in length, US size 7 (4.5 mm) or WHATEVER size you need to use to achieve the right gauge.
Notions: measuring tape, tapestry needle, scissors
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CO: cast on
St st: Stockinette stitch
M1: make one)
K2tog: knit 2 together
Magic Loop: how to do it
Check your gauge: swatch in the round
Work even: continue in the same stitch without increasing or decreasing
This basic hat is worked from the brim to the top, with a wide, ribbed brim. It can be a fitted hat or a more slouchy hat, depending on how long you knit before beginning to decrease.
Using long-tail cast-on, CO 82 sts.
Join for working in the round on Magic Loop.
Rounds 1-13: (K1, p1) around.
Increase for body of the hat:
Round 1: *K1, m1, (k5, m1) 8 times, rep from * to end (100 sts total).
Work even in St st for 6 inches from cast-on edge for a fitted hat, 7 inches for a slouchy hat.
Decrease for the top of the hat
Round 1: (K8, k2tog) around (90 sts remain).
Round 2 and all even rounds: K
Round 3: (K7, k2tog) around (80 sts remain).
Round 5: (K6, k2tog) around (70 sts remain).
Round 7: (K5, k2tog) around (60 sts remain).
Round 9: (K4, k2tog) around (50 sts remain).
Round 11: (K3, k2tog) around (40 sts remain).
Round 13: (K2, k2tog) around (30 sts remain).
Round 15: (K1, k2tog) around (20 sts remain).
Round 17: K2tog around (10 sts remain).
Break yarn, leaving a 12-inch tail.
Thread tail on tapestry needle and pass twice through live sts on needles.
Remove needles, pull tail tight.
Using tapestry needle, weave in ends.
Wear and be fabulous!
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- Related Resource: Complete Video Guide To Magic Loop Knitting
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