Crochet Basics: Magic Ring

Blossom Lady
Oct 02, 2020 07:35 AM
Crochet Basics: Magic Ring

Many crocheters find the Magic Ring one of the most frustrating techniques to learn. But I believe, is it a necessary skill! The magic circle can be a bit tricky at first, but I promise it is ten times better than starting with a foundation chain. Learn how to crochet the magic ring easily with my step-by-step simple guide.

The Magic Ring is used to create a sealed center join when working in the round, for example when starting a hat, an amigurumi pattern or even a granny square. The common abbreviation for a magic ring is MR, you may also see it called a magic loop or circle.

A lot of patterns start with something like “Ch4, join with a slip stitch to form a loop, work 12dc into the loop”. This is a great way to start but it leaves a gaping hole in the center that you’re unable to close. Instead, you may use a magic ring technique, that I’m sharing with you today. Look through the picture guide and written instructions below. You can use this technique with any hook and yarn. 

I hope you could all follow that – it’s too good a technique not to learn!! If you have any questions, please comment below.

Steps 1-4

Crochet Basics: Magic Ring
First things first, pull out about 10 inches of yarn from your skein.
Wrap the strand of yarn twice around your index and middle fingers. With the palm facing up, the end should be pointing towards your little finger on the fingertip side of your hand
Tuck the yarn under your little finger to keep tension.
Hold the yarn down with your thumb and turn your hand over.
Insert your hook underneath the loop closest to the fingertips and over the second loop.
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Steps 5-8

Crochet Basics: Magic Ring
Pull the second loop under the first towards your fingertips to create a loop. Now. This is the bit that takes a bit of practice! Twist your palm up removing your fingers from the loop you have created and yarn over your hook. Pull through the loop you created with the twist to create a stitch which holds the loop together. Chain 2 (double crochet). Start working your stitches into the loop over the tail. As you go you can pull the tail tighter to close the loop.
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Steps 9-12

Crochet Basics: Magic Ring
Do not pull the loop fully closed whilst you are working. Once you have finished the required number of stitches, join to the top of the first stitch. You still have a hole in the center, so now is the time to take the tail and pull it really tight. You will feel when it is as tight as it can go. Place a couple of stitches in the underside and fasten off. Voilà! You can master the magic ring now and use this technique for many projects!
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Erica Lynch
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Oct 02, 2020 09:46 AM

Your directions say to start out by wrapping yarn twice around ring and middle finger. However you photo shows to wrap yarn around index and middle. This is why magic rings are difficult for people learning, the photos don't match up with the written instructions. Luckily I know how to do a magic ring, I was just interested in seeing how it was taught. 

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Oct 02, 2020 12:26 PM

Your directions say to start out by wrapping yarn twice around ring and middle finger. However you photo shows to wrap yarn around index and middle. This is why magic rings are difficult for people learning, the photos don't match up with the written instructions. Luckily I know how to do a magic ring, I was just interested in seeing how it was taught. 

Hi Erica! Well noted, thank you. I've corrected the instructions, however both methods are fine. 

Ann
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Oct 02, 2020 11:03 AM

I mastered it and it is wonderful.

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Oct 02, 2020 12:26 PM

I mastered it and it is wonderful.

Thank you, Ann!

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Oct 05, 2020 11:31 PM

why do you not use videos, is more easy for us to follow  tnks

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Oct 06, 2020 08:17 AM

why do you not use videos, is more easy for us to follow  tnks

Hi Carmen! Oh videos… I wish I had more time for that. Hopefully, will manage that someday soon. Anyway, thank you for reading! 

Lori
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Oct 13, 2020 02:43 PM

That is so kool I am so glad that you taught me that. That will make my work so much easier. Thanks again