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A crochet magic ring is pretty nifty, but what is it?

We all know the utility of the slip knot, it’s a great way to initiate linear or square projects. However a magic ring is the best way to start circular projects. It’s also sometimes called an adjustable ring, magic circle or magic loop.

How is a Magic Ring used?

It is a ring that helps you get going with crocheting in rounds. It is most useful for helpful when making crochet toys, doilies or even granny squares.

Is a Magic Circle different than the chain method?

There are other methods for creating circles, such as a chain stitch. However, the magic ring is much better, since it allows you to draw the center very tight, making it all but disappear. This is a great thing, if you are making something with stuffing, like an amigurumi.

 

Here is an easy 16 step photo tutorial on how to crochet a magic circle:

1. Place the free end of your yarn across the palm of your hand, with the end hanging off of the edge and the rest of the yarn leading away.

2. Take the working yarn and loop it around the top of your fingers and cross the yarn over the tail end. Hold down the yarn with your thumb to keep it immobile and maintain tension.

3. Cross the second loop over your fingers.

4. This time make certain that the yarn goes deep under the pinky finger.

5. Immobilize the yarn with the pinky finger by holding it tightly against the other fingers.

6. Slip the hook under the first string  and over the second string.

7. Pull the second strand of yarn underneath the fist strand and simultaneously turn the hook 180 degrees.

8. Insert the hook under the leftmost, upper string (it will be the working end of the yarn, which means the yarn leading to the rest of the ball).

9. Pull the yarn over to make a chain (ch).

10. Slip the yarn off of your fingers. You should be left with an adjustable loop on your hook. Take the loose end of the yarn off from the loop, if it is still inside. Arrange yarn ends to the left of the loop.


11. Wrap the working yarn around your left hand. If the loop seems to be too small, simply adjust it lengthening the working end of the yarn. Grab the loose end along with your working yarn. It will secure the trailing end, as you will be doing  stitches around it. Now make a first stitch into the loop. I will make a 6 single crochets (sc), but you should follow your pattern starting from that point. So, insert the hook into the loop, hook the yarn over (yo) and pull through. Grab the yarn over again and pull through 2 loops. This is the first single crochet (sc) stitch.

Make 6 more single crochet stitches (6sc) more. Each stitch is started by inserting the hook into the loop.

12.  Now, you can close the circle by taking the tail end in your left hand and pulling it tight, while maintaining a hold on the rest of the loop in your right one.

13. Use a slip stitch (sc) to finish the magic circle. To do this, insert the hook under the top two loops of the first stitch of this round, yarn over and pull through.


14. Now the magic ring is complete. When you are making an amigurumi, your pattern can ask you to skip the slip stitch we just made and make the next stitch a part of the second round instead.

 

15. Ahead of making the next rounds, secure the tail end of the yarn to stop it from unravelling. Then, push a tapestry needle through the yarn tail and turn the ring over. Work the needle through the magic ring.

Cut off the loose end.

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