Crochet Designer Lorene Eppolite demonstrates the magic circle crochet trick to get started working in the round.
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A magic circle AKA magic ring AKA magic loop is for the true crocheter, not the just-do-what-you-can-to-get-by crocheter.
Yes, you can work in the round without it, but why would you want to? It’s the difference between a hobby crafter and a legit crochet artist.
Crochet in the round is most often used for hats, trivets, coasters, doilies, place mats, baskets, pillows, and mandalas.
The obvious alternative is to start with a chain, and then join the round. The problem with that start is that it is set in stone, and will leave a hole in the middle of the project forever.
What’s so magical about it?
Once you learn the magic circle, you’ll see how it gives you the refined finish you always wanted to see on your projects in the round! You can adjust the size of the center to your liking, even up until the end of the project.
First off, do not start with a slip knot. While it is the start of the chain of many a crochet pattern, it’s not the way to start the magic circle.
How to crochet the magic circle:
To begin, hold the tail end of the yarn in your left hand, and wrap the yarn around a few fingers, forming an X. Holding the intersection of the X, put your hook into the circle and pull up a loop with the yarn.
Chain 1, and you won’t have to hold the intersection together anymore. To make it a little easier to hold it all together, pull the tail to tighten up the circle.
If you’re working in double crochet, you’ll chain 3. Working into the circle, complete all your stitches in the first round.
Then you can pull the tail and close up the ring. This is the key to getting a tight center circle, no more gaping holes in your finished projects!
Finally, stitch into the top of the chain to join and complete the round. Continue your rounds as usual.
At the end of the project, remember to weave the tail from the start into the back of your work, usually through that first round. A knot is optional before weaving in your ends.
The magic circle crochet technique will take your crochet from amateur to professional for all your projects in the round. What’s your favorite thing to crochet in the round? Let us know in the comments section!