Master the Magic Circle
Step-by-step guide on how to master the magic circle; sometimes called the magic ring or magic loop. This magic loop creates and adjustable loop that can be loosened or tightened to make a small hole. Save the URL to this page and reference it often when you need to get your next crochet project started.
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I seem to continually forget how to do the magic circle. While I have watched videos on how to complete the beginning circle, I have to find videos again each time. Then I end up watching countless videos until I get a good one that I can understand. Therefore, I made this visual for me.
All I really need is a visual that will help me remember the steps involved in making this. It just shouldn’t be this difficult to master; right?
After a bit, I realized that this could also be a help to someone else.
Therefore, I decided to write up a step-by-step guide on how to master the magic circle. Since I think there are more people just like me, I hope that you save the URL to this page and reference it often when you need to get your next crochet project started.
Step-by-step instructions and pictures to help demystify the magic circle, which is often called a magic ring too.
Thick Versus Thin Yarn – Consideration
This tutorial is done with a thick and chunky yarn to help show the process. However, you can also use a thin yarn to make the circle. If you use a really thin yarn, you may want to wrap the yarn around your finger a few times, as this will keep the yarn from breaking when you pull on the yarn to close the circle later on.
Uses for the Magic Ring Crochet Technique
Any circular crochet pattern that is circular would be a good choice for using this method to start the pattern like baskets, granny squares, and crochet amigurumi. Anytime you want to center of your work to be an adjustable slip ring that can be closed as needed after you have crocheted your required stitched in the center. Sometimes a large unsightly hole in the center of your work just draws the eye to that and not he rest of the crochet stitches. That is the beauty of the magic ring.
However, I also enjoy making shawls and other items that are worked in the half round or semi-circle that use this method to start the pattern.
Additionally, some crochet patterns choose to use a beginning chain 4 closed with a slip stitch to start the crochet process for a circle. I have used both methods and they work just fine.
There are a few patterns that I have for free on the website that start with the magic circle. Please take a moment and look around. Here are links to a few though.
I have added a How To Video after the photo tutorial further below.
Directions on How to Master the Crochet Magic Circle Technique
With your working yarn, make the starting loop formation by making a loop (circle) with the yarn.
Note: I am showing you how to magic circle loop on a flat surface today. If feel the best way is to loop the yarn around my three fingers on my left hand. It is a great help in holding the strand of yarn while I get the first stitch completed.
Put the crochet hook through the loop (circle) and pick up the yarn pulling through the loop from the back to the front.
Insert the hook through the circle, yarn over and draw through. There should be two loops on the hook, as in the diagram below. Draw the loop that was just picked up through the first loop on the hook. You have created a chain one. However, this does not count as a chain one for your project.
This completes the magic ring.
That’s it! It is really that simple to make the adjustable ring. Now you are ready to add whatever crochet stitches your pattern uses, single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, and so on.
In the continued example below, I have used the single crochet stitch to demonstrate how to work your stitches inside the ring and crochet over the yarn end too.
Continue with the Crochet Pattern Directions
Now you are set to continue to single crochet inside the circle.
It might sound funny; this will probably be the hardest part of the magic circle. Let’s add the first single crochet stitch, it is a great way to practice working in the center of the ring.
Insert hook through the circle, yarn over, and pull through the loop on the hook. You will have two loops on the hook.
The first picture shows the hook being inserted into the circle. The second picture shows putting the yarn over the hook. The last picture shows the completed first single crochet.
Recap: Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook for the first single crochet.
Now, you can continue to add your first round of stitches as directed by your pattern instructions to the magic circle.
The pictures that follow show multiple single crochet stitches in the magic circle.
Complete the required number of single crochet stitches in the magic ring according to the pattern. Close the circle with a slip stitch. To complete the slip stitch, insert the hook into the first single crochet, yarn over and pull through that first single crochet and the loop on the hook.
At the end of the round of single crochet stitches, pull the short yarn piece to gather the circle closed. In the photo, you can see the small opening in the center after the yarn tail is pulled to close up the hole.
The magic circle is complete. Continue with pattern.
Note: The single crochet stitched is used in this tutorial. Once the magic circle is started, you can complete the required number of stitches with a half double crochet, double crochet, and so on…whatever the crochet pattern calls for.
Video Tutorial: How to Make the Magic Circle with 4 Ply and Chunky Yarn
Video Tutorial: How to Complete the Magic Circle Using Chunky Yarn
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