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How to Crochet a Magic Circle
Learn how to crochet the magic ring with this easy-to-follow crochet circle 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, learn how to crochet a magic circle with a video tutorial and written instructions (with pictures). 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.
What is a Magic Circle?
A magic circle is a way to start a crochet project that doesn't involve chains, tension, or holes. It's one of the most popular ways to start different types of crochet projects but particularly important and helpful for amigurumi and round crochet patterns.
Magic Circle Crochet Video Tutorial:
For the visual learners, learn how to crochet the magic loop by following along with this YouTube video right below. As helpful as the photo tutorial is, seeing the movements in real-time always helps crocheters understand what to do.
How to Crochet the Magic Circle:
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!
- 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.
Magic Ring Crochet Patterns
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!
- 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.
- Crochet Orange - It looks so delicious, you'll want to eat it! Now that you know how to crochet the magic circle, this orange amigurumi pattern will be super simple.
- Peacock Crochet Earrings - Shown below! 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 - Shown below! Perfect for a beach-loving crocheter or a gift for a beach-bound friend, this cute bag is a must-make.
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