There are a lot of garments and other projects that are knitted in the round – in other words, worked in such a way that you form a seamless tube. This can be done by using either a set of double-pointed needles or by using a circular needle. Generally speaking, double-pointed needles are used for smaller items and circular needles for larger projects. However, there is a way to use a single circular needle for makes like socks and gloves rather than a set of four or five double-pointed needles – which can be a bit fiddly. The technique is known as the Magic Loop method. All you need is a circular needle with tips the right size for your project and a cable at least 80cm long.
Continue in the same way, switching from one needle to the other to work both ‘sides’ of each round, using the cable to pull the needles into position.