Tutorial: Judy’s Magic Cast on for back loop knitting

Judy’s Magic Cast on is pretty much magic.  It allows toe-up sock knitting without a seam at the toe.  You can find a good tutorial of her method on Knitty here.  The first time I did it I did get an ugly seam, but I quickly realized that’s because I knit from the back loop as a habit.  So, I did some trial and error and figured out how to knit the cast on so that it wasn’t an issue for me.  Curious about knitting and purling from the back loop?  Check out my knitting tutorial about those techniques!  I also have a tutorial about knitting short rows.

1.  With your needles in your left hand and the points facing to the right, loop your yarn over one of your needles with a long tail.

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2.  Twist the yarn so that your tail goes to the top and your working end goes to the bottom.

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3.  Place your second needle below the first and pull the tail down, over the bottom, and under the top.  Your tail is still up and your working yarn down.

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4.  Pull the working yarn up, over the top, and under the bottom needle.  The working yarn is pulled downwards.

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5.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have cast all your stitches on.

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6.  Knit the top row through the back of the loop using either double pointed needles, two small circular needles, or one large circular needle with the magic loop technique.

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7.  When you get to the bottom row, knit through the front of the loop for this row only.  Since the magic cast on technique creates a twist in the lower row of stitches, this will correct that twist.

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8.  Continue knitting through the back stitch or following whatever pattern you are while knitting and purling through the back stitch.  Check out your lovely hidden cast on seam!

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4 responses to “Tutorial: Judy’s Magic Cast on for back loop knitting

  • Tutorial: Knitting and Purling from the back | Please Excuse My Craftermath...

    […] feel like I’m trying to keep up with the video tutorial.  Check out today’s posts on Judy’s Magic Cast on for back loop knitting and Knitting Short rows as well!  I’ve used some larger needles and a lighter thread, so […]

  • Tutorial: Knitting short rows | Please Excuse My Craftermath...

    […] While this is part of a series of posts for knitting through the back loop, it isn’t really effected by back loop knitting.  It was, however, very confusing for me to figure out.  This is due, for the most part, with my unfamiliarity with knitting terminology.  I used Pearl Hunter’s YouTube video for short row heels to help me out.  I highly recommend going there if videos are your thing.  Me, I need step by step photos, so I’m creating my own.  And of course there is the added benefit that by writing this tutorial I need to understand it better myself.  Also check out my tutorial for Judy’s Magic Cast on for back loop knitting. […]

  • Tutorial: Knitting and Purling from the back |

    […] feel like I’m trying to keep up with the video tutorial.  Check out today’s posts on Judy’s Magic Cast on for back loop knitting and Knitting Short rows as well!  I’ve used some larger needles and a lighter thread, so […]

  • Tutorial: Knitting short rows |

    […] While this is part of a series of posts for knitting through the back loop, it isn’t really effected by back loop knitting.  It was, however, very confusing for me to figure out.  This is due, for the most part, with my unfamiliarity with knitting terminology.  I used Pearl Hunter’s YouTube video for short row heels to help me out.  I highly recommend going there if videos are your thing.  Me, I need step by step photos, so I’m creating my own.  And of course there is the added benefit that by writing this tutorial I need to understand it better myself.  Also check out my tutorial for Judy’s Magic Cast on for back loop knitting. […]

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