In this photo tutorial you will learn how to make a magic ring. This technique allows you to start with a tightly closed center instead of a big hole in the middle. The crochet magic ring is also known as a magic loop or magic circle and is popular when making amigurumi and rugs, but also shawls and hats that are worked top down.
Advantages of a magic ring
Older patterns call for ‘chain 4, slip stitch in the first chain’ and then ‘work the first round in that circle’. You will notice that by doing this, you will be left with a hole in the center of your round. That’s why we use the magic ring method. With a magic ring we begin crocheting the first round over an adjustable loop and then pulling the loop tight to close the center. The magic ring creates a neat closed hole in the centre of the first round with no holes left. It’s a kind of magic! ✨
I personally use this technique in many of my crochet patterns, especially shawl patterns, such as:
How to make a crochet magic ring
Here you can find my video. Below the video you can find my step-by-step instructions, including pictures.
1. Wrap the yarn around 2 fingers and hold the point where the loop overlaps between your index finger and thumb
2. Insert your hook into the loop, from the front to the back, and pull up a loop
3. Yarn over, and pull through the loop on your hook
Yay, you did it! You will probably have to try a few more times before you master this technique, but you’ll notice it will feel comfortable after some practice. You can now continue working on the pattern. Make sure to work with your working yarn and not the short tail. I will now show you how to work the first round.
4. Work the stitches into the magic ring, over both the loop itself and the tail end.
5. When you’ve worked all of the stitches the pattern asks for, pull the tail end to draw up the ring.
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