Learn how to use the Magic Ring (or Magic Circle) technique to start crochet projects with this photo and video tutorial.
The “magic ring” crochet technique, also known as the “magic loop” or “magic circle” method, is an essential crochet skill that you will love to use. It’s a great way to start crocheting in the round that creates a tightly closed starting round, instead of leaving a small hole in the middle of the stitches
The magic ring method is the best way to start a project when you’re crocheting in the round or crocheting amigurumi. The crochet magic ring is also perfect for shawls and crocheted hats that are worked top-down.
The magic circle or magic ring technique can seem intimidating or overly fiddly — but it really is worth the bit of effort it takes to learn. After mastering this technique, you’ll wonder how you ever crocheted without it!
What is the Magic Ring Techinique?
The magic ring is a way to begin projects that are crocheted in the round. To do the Magic Ring method, crochet the first round of stitches into an adjustable loop. Then, pull the loop tight to close the hole in the middle of your first round.
Advantages of The Magic Ring Technique
The advantage of the magic ring method is that, unlike the older/traditional methods, the magic ring creates a neat closed hole in the center of the first round.
Using the Magic Circle to Start Crochet Projects
In most cases, you can replace these older/traditional starting methods with the Magic Ring technique, instead.
Other starting methods may look like these:
- “chain 4, slip stitch in the first chain” and then “work the first round in that circle”
- “chain 2, x single crochet in 2nd chain from hook”.
For most crochet projects that are worked “in the round”, you can simply substitute the Magic Ring method.
Magic Ring Tutorial
In this photo tutorial, I will show you how to use the Magic Ring.
There are many different ways to demonstrate the technique, but this is my favorite method. I like to loop the yarn over my fingers so that I have good control of it. (I find it harder to do the Magic Ring technique when the loop is hanging in the air, or laid out flat on table.)
How to Crochet the Magic Ring
The magic ring is worked in two parts. First, make the adjustable loop. Then, work whatever stitches your pattern calls for into that adjustable loop.
Step 1: Loop the Yarn Around Your Fingers
Lay the tail end of the yarn against your open hand. Loop the working end of the yarn loosely around the first two fingers. The working end of the yarn will cross over on top of the tail end. Use your thumb to hold the yarn in place.
When you turn your hand palm-facing down, you should have two parallel pieces of yarn. The working yarn will be on the left, and the tail end will be on the right.
Step 2: Insert the hook to create a loop.
Working from right to left, slide the crochet hook under the right-hand piece of yarn and over the left-hand piece. Grab the left-hand yarn and pull up a loop. As you pull up, twist the hook.
Using your hook, grab the left-hand piece of yarn again, and pull it through the loop on the hook.
Step 3: Chain Stitch.
Create as many chain stitches as the pattern requires. For example, if you are making Single Crochet stitches into the loop, chain 1. If you are making Double Crochet stitches, chain 2.
Step 4: Make stitches into the ring.
Make your first round of stitches into the ring. Insert the hook into the magic ring, and draw up a loop to begin your first SC. (You will be crocheting over the loop and the yarn tail.) Complete the SC as usual. Continue making stitches until you have the required number for your pattern.
Step 5: Tighten the ring.
Hold the working end of the yarn securely while you pull down on the tail end of the yarn. As you do this, the stitches should close together, making the magic ring.
Step 6: Slip Stitch to close the round.
Some patterns will ask you to slip stitch into the first stitch to close the round. Be careful not to stitch into your chain, but rather make a slip stitch into the first stitch on your ring. Then, you can move on to the next round.
Commonly Asked Questions
Still have a hole in the center?
If your first round of stitches still has a hole in the center, it could be your yarn to blame. Some fibers don’t compress as well as others.
Or, it could be that you are trying to make too many stitches in that first round. Usually, the magic ring is worked with a starting round of about 6 stitches.
Is your work unraveling?
Remember to weave in the yarn tail as securely as you can. Otherwise, the magic ring might unravel.
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- crochet hook
- Lay the tail end of the yarn against your open hand. Loop the working end of the yarn loosely around the first two fingers.
- Working from right to left, slide the crochet hook under the right-hand piece of yarn and over the left-hand piece. Grab the left-hand yarn and pull up a loop.
- Using your hook, grab the left-hand piece of yarn again, and pull it through the loop on the hook. Chain 1 (if doing SC)
- Make your first round of stitches into the ring. Insert the hook into the magic ring, and draw up a loop to begin your first SC. (You will be crocheting over the loop and the yarn tail.) Complete the SC as usual. Continue making stitches until you have the required number for your pattern.