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Magic Circle Crochet Tutorial

Learn how to crochet the magic ring with this easy to follow tutorial.

Magic Circle Crochet Tutorial
Magic Circle Crochet Tutorial

What's the difference between the magic circle, the magic ring crochet technique, and the magic loop? They're all ways to start a crochet project in the round and... they're all different names for the same technique!

The crochet magic circle, also known as the magic ring and the magic loop, allows you to pull the hole closed for a more defined look. Follow this crochet tutorial to learn this stitch. Magic circle crochet patterns can be used for a variety of patterns including crochet hats, scarves, bags and more.

When crocheting in the round, there are several ways to start: you may chain 4, slip stitch to join and form a ring, you can chain 3 and make double crochet stitches in the 3rd stitch from the hook, or you can begin with the magic crochet circle.

The first two methods will leave a hole in the center of your work, but the ‘magic ring crochet technique’ will allow you to pull the hole closed, letting you work into an adjustable ring until you've increased your stitches enough to close up the hole.

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Below, there are two tutorials, one for the magic circle and one for round crochet. Then check out the set of free magic circle crochet patterns to try. This complete guide will make you a master of these techniques in no time.

How to Crochet the Magic Circle:

For the visual learners, learn how to crochet the magic loop by following along with this video right below. As helpful as the photo tutorial is, seeing the movements in real time always helps crocheters understand what to do.

If the above magic circle crochet video tutorial wasn't enough to help you crochet the magic loop, this step-by-step photo tutorial should help you figure it out!

Note: Click to enlarge any of the images below.

  1. To make the magic loop and learn how to crochet circles, first begin in the same manner as usual in crochet:

    Make a loop.

  2. Pick up the yarn.

  3. Pull through the first loop.

  4. Pick up the yarn again to make a chain stitch. 

  5. Pull through the loop. (Chain stitch completed.)

  6. Pick up the yarn again to begin a single crochet stitch.

  7. Pull through the loop.

  8. Pick up the yarn again, and finish the single crochet stitch.

  9. Continue to make single crochet stitches in the main loop.

  10. At the end of the round of single crochet stitches, pull on the yarn end to gather the hole closed, and continue with your pattern.

  11. Photo shows the magic circle finished, with the hole gathered closed.

BONUS! How to Crochet in the Round:

Once you've created your magic loop, you're ready to get started on a circular project! When working in the round, there are two options for working up the project. You can either crochet in the round with a continuous spiral, or you can learn how to crochet in the round with joining.

In order to do that, you can watch this handy video tutorial on how to crochet in the round, or you can follow the directions below. As a note, the video tutorial also includes a tutorial for starting a circular project without working up a magic circle, in case you find this technique too difficult. 

If you would prefer written instructions, then take a look at this tutorial with images below.

  1. Create your crochet magic ring and single crochet as many stitches as your pattern calls for. 

  2. Slip stitch into your first chain to create a circle. You are now going to want to work in a circular motion.

  3. Work your next row by crocheting whatever stitch you are using for your pattern all the way around. 

  4. When you reach the end of your row chain one, begin to crochet the next row like normal. When you get to the end of that row you are going to want to slip stitch in that chain 1 stitch you created. 

  5. Repeat steps 3-5 until you have completed your pattern.

Magic Circle Crochet Projects:

What did you think about our magic loop tutorial? If you think you have a handle on the crochet technique, check out some of our top patterns that use the crochet magic circle technique below!

Vineyard Grapes Granny Square

With a beautiful color combination, this garden-tastic granny square will delight you.

Recycled T-Shirt Crochet Rug

Not only is this crochet rug gorgeous, but it's functional too. Add this for the perfect addition to any home.

Pansy Crochet Flower

These crochet pansies are as beautiful as the real things. Make a whole garden of yarn with these.

Magical Market Bag

There is a bit of magic in the making of this bag. It's an easy and efficient pattern that creates a lovely and useful bag.

Peacock Crochet Earrings

These crochet earrings are some of the most beautiful designs we have seen. Make these using magic circle crochet.

Fingerless Minion Mitts

Minions are super popular which is why this fun crochet project is a fun one that many will enjoy.

Hexagon Crocheted Scarf

This crochet scarf pattern uses the magic ring to keep the shapes tight within the design.

Daring Diamond Kids Hat

We can't get over the pretty texture of this children's hat. The diamonds create a beautiful look that everyone loves.

Sea Glass Crochet Bag

Perfect for a beach-loving crocheter or a gift for a beach-bound friend, this cute bag is a must-make.

The Avery Hat

This hat pattern is both classic and modern, which is ideal for any fashion-forward woman.

Roller Crochet Coasters

Simple yet exquisite, these lovely crochet coasters don't have any gaps because of the magic circle.

Pretty Pink DIY Crochet Rug

If pink is not your style, then feel free to change up the colors for this design so that it complements any room.

Any Size Crochet Hats

We love this bright and fun hat pattern that works for nearly anyone in the colder months.

Fresh Market Crochet Bag

Use magic circle crochet to create a solid, tightly stitched base to a wonderfully functional bag.

Office Cozies

Organize your desk in the most beautiful way with these crochet cozies. Crochet them to hold all sorts of supplies.

Crochet Owl Candy Cane Ornament

Make next Christmas even more special with these beyond cute crochet ornaments in the shape of owls.

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Incredibly helpful tutorial and I like the addition of the video to get that extra info.

This is great! I love using the Magic Circle for crocheting in the round. It makes a nice tight closer, but not the best if you want to add a pom pom. This tutorial and the pictures are spot on and one of the best I have seen todate. Thank you so much for sharing this free tutorial.

There is also a great video tutorial:


This magic circle tutorial is really good, and I like it so much better than chaining, slip stitching, and then working in that tiny little hole. It's much easier, and I like the pattern links at the bottom too.

The picture tutorial and video are really good, this has been a great help to enable me to master the magic ring / circle. I think that once you get the hang of it it is much easier to do than making a chain ring. The finished product also looks much neater when you use the magic ring as it avoids having a small hole in the centre as you can pull the stitches right afterwards and secure.

It worked! This thing is the best!

#Best Idea Ever Great Video Tutorial. Thank you for showing me how to make the magic loop.

Finally, I found a pattern for making the magic loop. I will try this and see which method is easier and faster to make. Thanks for having the pattern and photos on the front page.

#BestIdeaEver I don't use this often and forget exactly how this is done.. thanks for this, as I always come back to it

Wow! I used the video tutorial to try a magic circle and it worked the first time! Thanks so much for taking the time to teach people.

Excellent tutorial explaining a needed tool in crocheting. Very understandable even without watching the video.Thank you.

I ignored the so called magic circle term for a year and just continued to form my regular circle. It sounded complicated. Then when I saw this video tutorial, I decided to give it a try. It took a few trial and errors but I finally got it. Now I am sorry I didn't try it sooner. The video really did the trick. Thanks

Same with me!

I keep trying to make the first sc after the first chain st and it falls apart! :( The directions are not very clear. IS there a VIDEO that SHOWS the directions being done step by step please?

I found the video for this tutorial on You Tube and was able to make the magic circle with no trouble! :)

How do you join a circle when you crochet six sc on a dpn? How is that possible?

I still don't know how many stitches to put in the magic circle. One pattern I have said to begin with a magic circle. Is it 4 stitches, then pull,or do you fill up the ring? Could someone explain it to me? I'm just learning and this is a bit confusing.

Your pattern to say how many stitches to put in the "magic circle." You should start with a ch 2 or 3 then so many sc or dc. Like my pattern says "ch 2, 8 dc in ring. Sl St to 1st dc." I hope this helps!

hoe tomake a free loop of a chain

I have been crocheting since I was 6 years old I am now 66 and I have never encountered the term "magic circle" before. Thanks for the helpful information. This site is terrific.

Brilliant! I looked at youtube and other sites and this was the most clear for me - I got it! Thank you so much.


This is hard to follow. A live tutorial would probably help. I've been shown the magic circle made a different way. I always need instruction for this as I don't may ke majic circles that much.

I've used this technique, and although I haven't done it as often as I should have to commit it to memory, it is the best way to make the first round of anything and not leave a hole in the center. I found that if you hold that strand of yarn that you pulled the center closed with to the back of your circle, that you can also pull it through as a slip stitch on the back of your circle and it won't unravel. Later you can hide it in the crocheting by pulling it through a few stitches and then cutting it off! Works that way for me.

Now that you have the circle made and connected to the first stitch, what do you do with the adjustable yarn to secure the size of the hole? I am working with a pattern that has a small center and heavy crocheting on the outside of that center which pulls the circle back open too large. I'm not sure crocheting over the strand will hold it.

Whoa! I'd never heard of a magic circle, so I had no idea what to expect. When this turned out just how you said it would, I was so suprised and excited! This is by far the coolest crocheting magic trick I know!


even after this i still am having trouble with circles because it somehow always turns into something that looks like it should be a hat for a doll... any suggestions?

Hi, kingsdaughter82 8365176. Here is a link to a magic circle video tutorial on our YouTube channel: Maybe seeing a visual will help! Good luck! --Editors of AllFreeCrochet

I always have trouble when i make a circle to start because I can never get the circle to close. thanks for making it easy to see how to do it. I doubt I'll have problems with it again after this tutorial.

I had never known about the "magic circle" until i ran across a pattern that called for an adjustable ring instead of the regular chain-4 ring. I might use the magic circle for all my round pieces!

I learned this method from a Japanese crochet magazine/book in the 60s and am glad to see that others are using it. I have taught many others the benefit of no-hole centers. One note though: If the base row is to be a double crochet begin with a double loop. BTW-I still have the magazine, because all the patterns were diagrammed, I didn't have to be able to read Japanese!


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