Magic Circle Crochet Tutorial: How to Crochet the Magic Ring
Learn how to create a crochet magic ring and work in the round
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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 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 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.
How do I crochet the magic circle?
For the visual learners, learn how to crochet the magic loop by following along with this photo tutorial.
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How to Crochet a Magic Circle, Step by Step:
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 a circle, 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.
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.
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, and 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.
Crochet Magic Circle 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!
Before you even get started crocheting, there are a number of different things you should learn including how to go about Crochet Hook Sizes: Choosing the Right Hook Size
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