Crochet Thursday: Demystifying the Magic Ring

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Crocheting, Knitting | Comments

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.

Hand Looped with Blue Crochet Yarn

Step 1:

Loop yarn around you fingers with working yarn on right and tail on left.

Hand Holding Looped Crochet Yarn, Hook Prepared

Step 2:

Insert hook through ring and pull up a loop from the working yarn.

Hook Through Looped Crochet Stitch

Step 3:

Chain one stitch.

Hand Holding Crochet Hook and Stitched Yarn

Crochet Hook with Stitched Yarn, Beginning of Magic Ring

Step 4:

Work you single crochet in the ring around the ring and tail yarn. Single crochet the desired number of stitches.

Crochet Hook with Looped, Stitch Ring

Step 5:

Pull tail yarn to cinch ring closed.

Close Up of Stitched Ring on Crochet Hook

Step 6:

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?

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  1. Kay says:

    I began my wool knit circular afghan with a crochet magic circle by picking up the larger outer loops
    with 4 double pointed needles. It set up the circular start for the afghan perfectly.

    1. Jessica-Jean says:

      I use it as often for a knit project as a crocheted! It beats fiddling around with four stitches and four double-pointed needles.

  2. Debbi Ortiz says:

    I would love o see a picture of your work using 4 double sided crochet needles..It sounds very difficult, I am a newbie. I haven’t made anything yet.I will try something very soon I received a very large mount of yarn from a neighbor whose elderly mom passed away and he didn’t want to throw it in garbage.

  3. Cara Louise says:

    One thought that is often omitted in articles about the magic ring is this: When your project is done, PLEASE be sure to weave your starting tail in SECURELY especially if your item is supposed to be washable! Magic rings do have a tendency to come apart in the washing process if not secured properly. I often make a small knot on the back of my work with the beginning tail, and then weave it a couple directions through the backs of nearby stitches before trimming. This eliminates the chance for a granny square afghan for instance to ‘explode’.

  4. sandra vanderkroft says:

    help i am left handed and having trouble strating off can you help me please

  5. Paulette White says:

    Thank you so much for your easily understood explanation of the magic circle. It was the best I have found. Succeeded with the very first try!