Step by step guide to Crochet a Magic Circle

Step by step guide to Crochet a Magic Circle

There's a certain magic to crochet! But did you know there's also a magic circle in crochet? The magic circle, magic ring, or magic loop (there is one in knitting, too) is a very useful technique for crocheting in the round that works with any of your regular single-ended crochet hooks. Known by many names, it is a technique for beginning your project when working on round projects. What is so special is that the magic circle leaves no hole in the center of your project. It is a great way to start projects such as hats, beanies, home décor, classic granny squares, and coasters. Get ready for the magical start as we walk you through how to crochet a magic circle in this blog. With this tutorial, you can easily master the crochet technique.

What is the Magic Circle Technique?

The magic circle is an innovative way to crochet in the round. The traditional method is to make chains and then work all stitches of the first round in the 2nd chain from the hook. The joining of chains creates a hole in the middle of the circle, which is hard to close later on, and that's where the Magic Circle comes to the rescue! With an adjustable magic ring, you make all the stitches around the loop/circle created and then pull at the starting tail to close the circle as tight as you want. If the hole in the middle re-appears while working on the project, you can tighten it any time.

Before getting started, gather supplies- crochet hooks, yarn, and accessories. It is also essential that you’ve mastered the basic crochet stitches.

Work with single-ended or interchangeable Tunisian crochet hooks, but don't attach the cord. For yarn, choose the weight that matches the hook size. If you are just trying out the technique, work with yarn from your stash. For a project, follow the pattern instructions.

How to Crochet the Magic Circle?

The magic circle technique works in two parts: placing the yarn (tail and working end) in a loop and inserting the crochet hook to make the chain and subsequent stitches.

1st Step - Loop the Yarn around Your Fingers

Place the ball of yarn on a craft table or work workspace. Lay the tail end of your yarn against your open left hand, with the tail end pointing toward you. Loop the yarn's working end (aka ball end) loosely around the back of your first two fingers. Keep the working end of the yarn over on top of the tail end and to the left. With your thumb, pinch the yarn where it intersects and hold it in place.

Turn your hand towards yourself. Your palm will face down towards the table. Now, when you look at the back of your hand, you should see two parallel strands of yarn. The working yarn (aka ball end) will be on the left, and the tail yarn end will be on the right.

After completing the project, you can weave in the yarn tail with a finishing needle.

2nd Step - Insert the crochet hook and pull up a loop.

Insert the crochet hook under the right-hand and over the left-hand piece of yarn and pull up a loop on the hook.

3rd Step: Chain 1 (or the required number of chains.)

While you hold the yarn loop in your left hand and wrap the working yarn from back to front over the hook. Draw the yarn through the loop on the hook. Now, you've completed one chain. (This does not count as a stitch.)

The number of stitches you make in this step depends on the stitch type- single crochet (SC), half double crochet (HDC), treble crochet (TR), or any other used in the pattern's first round.

4th Step: Make stitches into the circle.

Now it's time to make your first round of stitches into the circle.

Continue making stitches into the loop until you have made the required number for your pattern. The circle may still look too loose and open, but we will fix that in the next step.

5th Step: Tighten the circle.

Hold on to your stitches with the fingers of your right hand. With your left hand, pull the yarn tail to draw the center of the circle closed (like a drawstring bag). As you do this, the turning chain and the last Stitch of the round will come closer together.

6th Step: Slip Stitch to close the round.

Work a slip stitch into the first stitch to join the round. (Be careful not to stitch into your chain). Then, continue with the pattern.

With this tutorial, master the magic circle technique and apply it to crochet projects in the round. For your crafting partner, choose Lantern Moon. The premium crochet hooks are handcrafted from ebony wood and have a liquid silk finish, making working with them a luxury experience. The range also includes knitting needles and accessories. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced crocheter, explore options for all your crafting needs including crochet hook sets- single-ended hooks of the Radiance Set or interchangeable Tunisian hooks of the Bequest Set.


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