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Magic Circle Crochet Tutorial
Learn how to crochet the magic ring with this easy to follow tutorial.
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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.
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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.
To make the magic loop and learn how to crochet circles, first begin in the same manner as usual in crochet:
Make a loop.
Pick up the yarn.
Pull through the first loop.
Pick up the yarn again to make a chain stitch.
Pull through the loop. (Chain stitch completed.)
Pick up the yarn again to begin a single crochet stitch.
Pull through the loop.
Pick up the yarn again, and finish the single crochet stitch.
Continue to make single crochet stitches in the main loop.
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.
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.
Create your crochet magic ring and single crochet as many stitches as your pattern calls for.
Slip stitch into your first chain to create a circle. You are now going to want to work in a circular motion.
Work your next row by crocheting whatever stitch you are using for your pattern all the way around.
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.
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!
With a beautiful color combination, this garden-tastic granny square will delight you.
Not only is this crochet rug gorgeous, but it's functional too. Add this for the perfect addition to any home.
These crochet pansies are as beautiful as the real things. Make a whole garden of yarn with these.
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.
These crochet earrings are some of the most beautiful designs we have seen. Make these using magic circle crochet.
Minions are super popular which is why this fun crochet project is a fun one that many will enjoy.
This crochet scarf pattern uses the magic ring to keep the shapes tight within the design.
We can't get over the pretty texture of this children's hat. The diamonds create a beautiful look that everyone loves.
Perfect for a beach-loving crocheter or a gift for a beach-bound friend, this cute bag is a must-make.
This hat pattern is both classic and modern, which is ideal for any fashion-forward woman.
Simple yet exquisite, these lovely crochet coasters don't have any gaps because of the magic circle.
If pink is not your style, then feel free to change up the colors for this design so that it complements any room.
We love this bright and fun hat pattern that works for nearly anyone in the colder months.
Use magic circle crochet to create a solid, tightly stitched base to a wonderfully functional bag.
Organize your desk in the most beautiful way with these crochet cozies. Crochet them to hold all sorts of supplies.
Make next Christmas even more special with these beyond cute crochet ornaments in the shape of owls.
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