Crochet Thursday: Demystifying the Magic Ring
It may sound mystical, but the crochet magic ring is really so easy. The magic ring is an alternative way to begin crocheting in the round.
Oftentimes when crocheting in the round, you are instructed to chain 2-4 stitches, create a loop, and then work you first round in that loop. This loop however, cannot be closed once the first round has been work and can leave a hole in the center of your round. By using the magic ring, you can work as many or as few stitches in your beginning round.
Today, I will show you how to start your next round crochet project with the magic ring.
You will need yarn and a hook to match your yarn’s weight for this tutorial.
Loop yarn around you fingers with working yarn on right and tail on left.
Insert hook through ring and pull up a loop from the working yarn.
Chain one stitch.
Work you single crochet in the ring around the ring and tail yarn. Single crochet the desired number of stitches.
Pull tail yarn to cinch ring closed.
Slip stitch into the first stitch to join round.
Note: When using this technique, if you are unable to make the ring close completely, beware that not all yarn will compress that densely. Also, if you are using a large number of stitches in the first round, that might leave the small hole.
This is an excellent technique to add to your crochet toolbox, especially if you’re interested in crocheting amigurumi. This will let you start any round crochet project. Why not practice this technique with the oh-so cute Large Huggable Bear and Koala Pattern?