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How to Crochet a Magic Circle

Showing a magic circle with single crochet on a crochet hook

Want to crochet a magic circle, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Learn how to make a magic circle with the simple step by step photo and video tutorials below.

This easy to learn crochet technique is also referred to as a magic ring or magic loop. Some people find a magic circle intimidating or hard to understand, but we promise it’s not! This simple crochet method only takes a minute to set up, and it’s a great way to start crochet projects worked in the round.

Showing a magic circle with single crochet on a crochet hook

 

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How to Crochet a Magic Circle

Make an easy magic circle to start your crochet project in the round!

Author: Debbie Chapman

Check Out The Video Tutorial:

Instructions:

Insert single crochet into your magic circle:

Helpful Tips:

  1. When inserting your hook into the magic circle (MC), make sure you’re working over both the loop/circle and the tail.
  2. Make sure that your magic loop isn’t too big, or else it may be difficult to insert your stitches. You can pull the tail gently to make your ring smaller.
  3. Weave the tail into the magic ring to secure to your circle in place.

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How many chains does your magic circle need before inserting stitches?

To secure the magic circle you’ll yarn over and pull the working yarn through, creating a chain stitch. The number of chains made at this point will depend on what stitches your pattern uses in round 1, and will generally count as the first stitch of the round.

Here’s a general guideline:

  • Single Crochet (sc): Chain 1 (as described in the tutorial above)
  • Half Double Crochet (hdc): Chain 2
  • Double Crochet (dc): Chain 3
  • Triple Crochet (tr): Chain 4.

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When should you use a magic circle?

You can use a magic circle for any pattern that’s crocheted in the round (aka that starts with a circle). Here are some projects where a magic circle can be used:

  • Amigurumi
  • Granny squares
  • Hats (for patterns that are worked from the top down)
  • Doilies or Mandalas
  • Coasters
  • Placemats

Holding a magic circle with single crochet in the first roundHolding a magic circle with single crochet in the first round

Why is a magic circle better than the chain method for crocheting in the round?

There are two main ways to crochet in the round. The first method is a magic circle. The second method is to make a slip knot, chain 2, and then insert your stitches into the first chain from the hook.

Both of these techniques work well to crochet a circle, but the magic ring is often preferred because of the following reasons:

  1. Adjustable tightness. Unlike with the chain method, the center hole of a magic circle can be pulled as tight as you’d like.
  2. Easier to insert stitches. It’s a lot easier to form the stitches in the loop, rather than into one tiny chain.
  3. Neater finish. When the circle is pulled tight, it provides a cleaner, more seamless, look. It’s especially good for amigurumi, so the stuffing won’t show through.

How to crochet a magic circleHow to crochet a magic circle

Use the clever and versatile magic circle to start your circular crochet patterns. You can substitute a magic ring for any pattern that calls for the chain 2 method.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced crocheter, the magic loop is an easy technique that will give you a tightly closed circle to start off your project!

Tutorial for how to crochet a magic circleTutorial for how to crochet a magic circle

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