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Jun 19, 2012 21:46:08   #
Kathleenangel
 
I love the magic knot. Used it on a prayer shawl which I washed when finished and was still in one piece. I think even without sound you can understand the video. Thank you so much flginny for your pictures and explanation. Printing them out as well as the picture as everytime I want to do this knot I have to go into my favorites and play it over again due to my ADHD.
 
Jun 19, 2012 22:12:57   #
gmasiddy
 
chrisdeitchley wrote:
I, too, like the magic knot. I watched the video over and over and painstakingly drew diagrams to help me remember when I finally "Saw" what she is doing.... and I think it can be described in a simple manner:
Imagine, for ease of description, you are joining a red yarn and a white yarn.
1. Take the end of the red yarn and tie it once AROUND the white yarn about 6 inches from the end of the white yarn. Pull tight.
2. Take the end of the white yarn and tie it AROUND the red yarn, again about 6 inches up. Pull tight.
3. REMEMBER: You are not tying the red and white yarns TOGETHER. You are tying one color AROUND the other.
4. Pull the strands of yarn attached to the knitting and the other attached to the new ball of yarn until the knots slide together tightly. Trim ends close to knots.
I, too, like the magic knot. I watched the video ... (show quote)


Your explanation is great. I did it right first try! Then I watched the video. It makes perfect sense after your explanation. That is wonderful to visualize something and to be able to put it into simple words. Thank you. I will keep your name for the next time I cannot quite see what is being described!
Jun 19, 2012 23:43:50   #
Urith
 
gmasiddy wrote:
chrisdeitchley wrote:
I, too, like the magic knot. I watched the video over and over and painstakingly drew diagrams to help me remember when I finally "Saw" what she is doing.... and I think it can be described in a simple manner:
Imagine, for ease of description, you are joining a red yarn and a white yarn.
1. Take the end of the red yarn and tie it once AROUND the white yarn about 6 inches from the end of the white yarn. Pull tight.
2. Take the end of the white yarn and tie it AROUND the red yarn, again about 6 inches up. Pull tight.
3. REMEMBER: You are not tying the red and white yarns TOGETHER. You are tying one color AROUND the other.
4. Pull the strands of yarn attached to the knitting and the other attached to the new ball of yarn until the knots slide together tightly. Trim ends close to knots.
I, too, like the magic knot. I watched the video ... (show quote)


Your explanation is great. I did it right first try! Then I watched the video. It makes perfect sense after your explanation. That is wonderful to visualize something and to be able to put it into simple words. Thank you. I will keep your name for the next time I cannot quite see what is being described!
quote=chrisdeitchley I, too, like the magic knot.... (show quote)

I have been using this knot for a long time, I posted it, and was so surprised to see it on utube, the knot stay's after washing, it's a good knot. here's the one I posted, I thought I'd made it up




Jun 20, 2012 04:18:45   #
fayby
 
Hi, yes, yes, yes the magic knot is great. Perhaps the knitting teacher has her own way of doing things but look what she is missing. I can't remember learning to knit, it is that long ago but I learn something new every day.
fayby.
Jun 20, 2012 19:40:37   #
tired n' cranky
 
flginny wrote:
Dowager wrote:
O.K. I'll bite. What is the "Magic knot" and how do you do it?


Here is a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nq_7EXTWHE&feature=player_embedded

I had to practice. It has to be JUST so or the yarn will pull apart after you trim the tails, even if it seemed to hold while they were on. Done correctly, though, it will NOT come apart, no matter how hard you pull!

I had to sit with my pieces of yarn in front of the video and do it step by step with the video. THEN, when I thought I had it, I still had to practice, because if you do any step incorrectly, you're asking for a disaster.

It is well worth the trouble of learning for me...... and once you've got it, it really DOES hold!

Virginia
quote=Dowager O.K. I'll bite. What is the "... (show quote)


Thanks for posting the link, who knew! I'm gonna give it a try!
Sep 18, 2012 10:18:29   #
MiamiKnitter
 
Can I use the magic knot when I am changing colors at the beginning of a row? I can see using it when using the same yarn - but I'm doing rows of different colored yarns. Not sure how to get the knot to "slip" to the right place when beginning the row. Am I explaining myself??
 
Sep 19, 2012 20:16:52   #
fayby
 
Hi,when I change colours at the end of a row I usually weave the yarn just finished along the row for about six stitches then I weave the new colour along the back of the work when I get to that end again. Work a couple of rows to lock in the ends and trim the tails.fayby
Sep 19, 2012 23:54:22   #
MiamiKnitter
 
Good idea. Thank you. I like doing it right away instead of waiting until you have a gazillion ends to weave in.
Oct 23, 2013 10:37:05   #
Knitcrazydeborah
 
I use the magic knot ONLY with yarns that do not radically change size in the washing machine. I had a lovely top down Kangaroo Pouch sweater finished in time to mail as a Christmas gift to my niece. Since it was Superwash Wool in a light pink, I decided to wash it. When it came out of the machine there was a gaping hole where every knot had been tied.
I had just barely enough time to totally rip it out and re-knit, this time using a more stable yarn join.

Now I use Magic Knot only when I am sure this won't happen: non - Superwash wool, heavy cottons, and done acrylic.
Oct 23, 2013 11:15:23   #
Redhatchris
 
Knitcrazydeborah wrote:
I use the magic knot ONLY with yarns that do not radically change size in the washing machine. I had a lovely top down Kangaroo Pouch sweater finished in time to mail as a Christmas gift to my niece. Since it was Superwash Wool in a light pink, I decided to wash it. When it came out of the machine there was a gaping hole where every knot had been tied.
I had just barely enough time to totally rip it out and re-knit, this time using a more stable yarn join.

Now I use Magic Knot only when I am sure this won't happen: non - Superwash wool, heavy cottons, and done acrylic.
I use the magic knot ONLY with yarns that do not r... (show quote)


Magic knot is not good on slippery silky yarns from my experience.
Nov 18, 2013 15:49:37   #
BettyWade
 
How would you use the magic knot to join a new color in a striped scarf? How would you get the knot to end up right next to the needle so the new color will be the first stitch knitted?
 
Nov 18, 2013 15:53:15   #
Knitcrazydeborah
 
The magic knot DOES come completely undone in the wash....if used with Superwash wool. Ask me how I know &#128576;
Jan 18, 2014 14:40:33   #
MissMagnolia
 
Too cool and so easy. Thank you for shearing this.
Jan 18, 2014 14:43:49   #
MissMagnolia
 
Knitcrazydeborah wrote:
The magic knot DOES come completely undone in the wash....if used with Superwash wool. Ask me how I know &#128576;



Deborah,
I just read your post. Is there another knot to use?
Jan 18, 2014 22:22:35   #
MASHEPP
 
I have used this knot for quite a while and have never had one come apart in the wash. It does not work well if the yarn is slippery. I tried putting just a drop of fray check on the knot in slippery yarn and it was still invisible and the knot held. Great invention!
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