This is something I am asked a lot during my workshops, how do you make a magic ring? Then how do you make it work every time, and why use a magic ring? As a crochet teacher, I couldn’t work out why some people could make a magic ring, then others just couldn’t……. until I broke it down step by step!
Here I explain exactly how to make e crochet magic ring that will work every time, with step by step photos and a handy video!
So if you’ve tried and failed to to make a magic ring – try this method as it really does work every time if you follow every step!
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Why use a Magic Ring/ Magic Circle?
A magic ring or magic circle is generally used when you want a really tightly closed circle.
As a example, a granny square tends to start with a chain 4 or 6, then slip stitch to join, which will leave a little hole, and this is perfectly fine for a granny square!
Try doing the same things for a toy, and it’ll have a hole in it’s head!
So for a toy, a hat, or a solid circle we need to use a magic ring.
What can you use Magic Ring for?
I use the magic ring for lots of things – but here are a few ideas, Generally anything that starts with a circle!
How to you make a Crochet Magic Ring
I’m going to explain this with Single crochet (USA) as my guide.
You can make a magic ring with any “Standard” stitch, just adjust the chain height.
SC Chain 1
HDC Chain 2
DC Chain 3 etc
If right handed wind the yarn around your left hand forefinger 3 times, with the yarn starting at the base of your finger, and the tail will end up at the top of your finger (see above)
- Insert your hook under the 2 loops and grab the bottom loop.
- Pull this back underneth the 2 loops with you hook
- immediately chain 1 (Or how many depending in stitch height).
- This will feel really weird, as your yarn is by the palm of your hand, not towards the back where you’d usually find it.
- Very importantly – once you’ve chained, now point your finger, ensure the tail is to the LEFT and the yarn is to the RIGHT. Pull the loops off your finger.
- Move the tail in FRONT of the loop to right, and move the working yarn BEHIND. Work all your stitches as per your pattern in the 2 loops. Pull the tail to close.
What I’ve found is if you don’t do the steps in 5 and 6 in BOLD the ring will not close!
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