Learn how to crochet magic circle to start your crochet in the round. Sometimes referred to as the magic ring, the magic circle technique will allow you to close up the hole created of crocheting in the round. Your top down crochet beanies will look amazing when you use the magic circle to start your hats.
When I first learned the magic circle technique I had to wonder how I hadn’t learned it sooner! Being able to cinch up your circle with just a pull of the yarn is so cool. The best part about starting your crochet projects with a magic circle is that it lends a lot more “polish” to your finished pieces.
Like most of us, I learned to start a crochet circle with a number of chains, often three. Then to join them, slip stitch the last chain you made to the first. Finally, you begin crocheting into the center of the circle you created.
If you crochet in the round often, then the magic circle is an essential that leaves you with a tightly closed beginning. No more unsightly holes, or trying to weave the end of your yarn just right to cover it up. Not to mention, we often crochet our littles hats, and to constantly look at that hole, meh.
The magic circle can be used with any stitch. In this tutorial I’ve used it with double crochets. To use it with single crochet or half double crochet, just use one chain before you start crocheting them.
You can get a peek at the little Toddler Sun Hat I crocheted for my youngest. I used the magic circle to start her hat and I definitely didn’t want any holes at the top of her head.
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The magic circle technique works well with any weight yarn and compatible crochet hook. Shown in the photo tutorial is #4 medium worsted weight yarn and size 4mm (G) crochet hook.
Magic Circle Video Tutorial
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I updated this post to include a short Tangi video demonstrating how to crochet the magic circle. You can watch exactly how it’s made, check out the Magic Circle Video Tutorial below.
How to Crochet Magic Circle Photo Tutorial
How to Begin the Magic Circle
- Start with a loop
Wrap the yarn counterclockwise around your finger.
- Slide loop off your finger
Keeping the circle together with your fingers.
- Yarn over
Keep circle pinched together while wrapping yarn over hook.
- Pull up a loop
Pull yarn through the circle.
- Make a couple of chains
By yarning over and pulling through 2X. I made two here, because I’ll be using double crochet stitches.
- Work into your circle
Double crochet to the number you need.
- Close the round
Slip stitch to the top of chains you started with, the 2nd ch.
- Close the circle
Pull the yarn tail to close middle of the circle.
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When you weave in ends, be sure to go back and forth, up and down and every which way. This will help secure it and keep the circle from sliding open.
Hope this is a helpful tutorial on a very useful crochet technique that you can use on your handmade projects!