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 hat with a number of chains, often three. Then to join them, slip stitch the last chain you made to the first to make a circle. 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.
More Top Down Crochet Hat Patterns
You can practice the magic circle, sometimes called a magic ring, on the Chunky Bear Beanie pattern.
The texture and color work are an amazing combo in the Pebbled Heart Beanie, another top down hat pattern.
The Matteo Beanie pattern packs in the texture too!
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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.
For this video tutorial I used:
Magic Circle Crochet Video Tutorial
I updated this post to include a short Tangi video at the end of the this post demonstrating how to crochet the magic circle. You can watch exactly how it’s made, check out the Magic Circle Video Tutorial below.
Written Instructions for Magic Circle
Wrap the yarn counterclockwise around your middle finger.
Pinch the circle together with your fingers, and slide the loop off your finger.
Keep the circle pinched together and yarn over.
Pull up a loop through the circle. Until you have several stitches in the circle you’ll need to hold it together.
Make a couple of chains by yarning over and pulling through 2X.
Now insert your hook into the circle and double crochet. Be sure to work over both strands of yarn as you crochet. Rep for number of dc needed.
Pull the tail to close the circle tightly.
Join the round with a slip stitch to the top of the first double crochet stitch.
Crochet Magic Circle Photo Tutorial
- any weight yarn, I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn
- crochet hook compatible with your yarn, I'm using a 4mm (G) hook here. 4-6mm hook is usually a good match for #4 yarn.
- Wrap the yarn counterclockwise around your finger.
- Keeping the circle together with your fingers, slide loop off your finger.
- Yarn over, keeping circle pinched together while wrapping yarn over hook.
- Pull up a loop 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. This does not count as a stitch. You can make 1 for single crochet and 1-2 for half double crochet. I prefer only 1 for hdc.
- Now insert your hook into the circle and double crochet. Be sure to work over both strands of yarn as you crochet. Rep for number of dc needed. Here I use 11 dcs.
- Pull the tail to close the circle tightly.
- Join the round with a slip stitch to the top of the first double crochet stitch.
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!