I was discussing the Magic-Loop technique with my cousin Amy the other day, and I realized that it is a technique I use quite a lot. In fact, with the exception of 2(!) projects I can think of in my years of knitting, I have always used a longer needle than called for. Only twice (my stalled “Perfect Knitting Bag” and the Spiral/Pinwheel Baby Blanket) did I use a needle smaller than the circumference of the knitting so I could knit around uninterrupted.
That being said, I know some people are mystified by the whole “Magic-Loop” idea. I taught myself by following a photo-based tutorial online, but without needles in hand, even photos can be hard to figure out.
I put together a little video to show how I work Magic-Loop. It’s not the best as I filmed it myself while knitting and talking, but at least the house was quiet and I think there is enough light to see what I’m doing. I hate my voice in videos, but there’s nothing I can do about that!
If you have any questions, please ask!