Step By Step Tutorial: Magic Ball / Magic Knot

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A Magic Ball in knitting/crochet is a ball or cake of yarn that is actually made up of several smaller skeins (usually leftovers, mini-skeins or samples). These yarns can be high-contrast, low-contrast, matchy-matchy, completely random, whatever your heart desires! (You can even play with making your own gradient skein by connecting colors that are just slightly different from one another.) These yarns can really be connected with any old knot (or your favorite form of splicing) but my preferred method is the Magic Knot.

The Magic Knot is a type of knot that is very small, solid and (best of all) reliable. It's almost imperceptible once the yarn is knit/crocheted and is an excellent choice when you're working a project where your ends won't stay put either due to the nature of the fabric or the nature of the yarn. You can even use it for superwash yarns & create your own self-striping sock yarn from your scraps if you'd like. I actually learned this technique years and years ago when I made jewelry, so it may be familiar to you once you see it laid out as well.

Supplies Needed:

  • 2 strands of yarn (that's it!)

Featured Yarns in this Tutorial

(Jewel-Tones) Three Irish Girls’ Glenhaven Gold Sparkle in Margaritaville (Fingering-weight)


(Oranges) Three Irish Girls Adorn Luxe in Good Vibrations (Fingering-weight)


Magic Knot Tutorial:

Magic Knot Tutorial Step 1

Step 1. Lay your two yarn ends next to each other, but with the ends facing opposite directions.

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Step 2. Take Color A (oranges) and cross it underneath Color B (jewel tones) so that they make an "X".

Magic Knot Tutorial Step 3

Step 3. Cross Color A’s tail up and over Color B and Color A.

Magic Knot Tutorial Step 4

Step 4. Pass Color A’s tail through the loop you’ve just made (from back to front). It should look like you’ve just tied a knot around Color B.

Magic Knot Tutorial Step 5

Step 5. Tighten the knot you've just made.

Magic Knot Tutorial Step 6

Step 6. Repeat Steps 2-5 with Color B.

Magic Knot Tutorial Step 7

Step 7. Pulling on the ends of each color that are not the tails, tighten the knot as much as you can without breaking the yarn.

Magic Knot Tutorial Step 8

Step 8. Trim the tails close to the knot, leaving about 1 cm to ensure the knot doesn't come undone.

Try It Out!

It's best to put a new technique into practice right away so that you can remember it in the future. Here are some of my patterns that are perfect for practicing this technique.

Tagetes Shawlette

Ziggity Pop! Cowl

Tio Emilio Shawl

Tio Emilio Shawl

The Highlighter Affair Slouch

The Highlighter Affair Slouch

(pair a Magic Ball with a coordinating solid color)


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