How to Crochet a Magic Ring

How to crochet a magic ring

There are two starting options when working in the round.  The most common way is to make a foundation chain and to slip stitch the first and last chain together to create a loop.  Then the stitches are worked over the chain, leaving an open center.

Another option is to make a magic ring, sometimes called a slip ring, adjustable ring, magic loop, or magic ring.  The magic ring is an adjustable loop that lets you pull the loop tight to close up the hole in the center of your work or to control the size of the center.  This option can be used for crocheting hats, amigurumi, granny squares, flowers, and other motifs.

To make a magic ring, make a loop with the yarn around your fingers with the tail end of the yarn behind the working yarn (the yarn coming from the skein) and leaving a tail about 6 inches long (see Fig. 1). Hold the place where the yarn overlaps between your thumb and forefinger (Fig. 2).

Fig. 1

Fig. 2

Insert your hook through the loop (see Fig. 3) and bring through a loop of the working yarn, one loop is now on the hook (see Fig. 4).

Fig. 3

Fig. 4

Work the first round as instructed by your pattern.  In most cases you will chain 1 and make a number of single crochets into the loop (see Fig. 5). Join and pull on the tail end of the yarn to tighten (see Fig. 6).

Fig. 5

Fig. 6

For a video tutorial, view How to Crochet a Magic Ring.

 

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45 Responses to How to Crochet a Magic Ring

  1. Deana@CountryMommaCooks December 6, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    Great tutorial……… I have always wanted to learn to crochet.

    • Kara @ Petals to Picots November 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      Thanks, Deana!

    • Ashley January 8, 2014 at 12:21 am #

      how do you fasten it off once you do the magic circle? I have tried fastening it off and it always seems to undo itself. :(

  2. Shasta @ intheoldroad December 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    That is one of the best tutorials I’ve seen for the “magic loop”. I just started crocheting again and LOVE it! I found your page from the Naptime Crafters linky party today. And I’m a new follower :)

    Shasta@InTheOldRoad

  3. Kristy August 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Easiest instructions I have found yet!!! Thank you so much!

  4. raventcbo1 October 31, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Thank you so much for these instructions. My Mother taught me one way to do this, but now I have an additional way, which makes me a happy crocheter! :)

  5. Karie {Girl Going Country} November 5, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    Oh this is SO MUCH easier than trying to crochet into the tiny hole. :-) I’m new to crocheting, so really appreciate great tutorials (and videos) like yours. Thank you!

    • Kara @ Petals to Picots November 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      I am so glad you found it helpful!

    • Anonymous January 18, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      I find the traditional loop MUCH easier. Maybe it’s because I’m a lefty or I’m doing something wrong.

  6. Anonymous November 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

    Emma

  7. Anonymous December 4, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    I am confused about one thing are you putting the hook directly in the hole or between the two pieces of yarn?

  8. Nelly July 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    where can I find , whats means SC; DC, HDC, SC decrease

  9. Janorah August 22, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    Looks wonderfully easy… now back to my happy hooking!

  10. Lucy September 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    This was one of the easiest tutorials I have ever used. I did it on the first try.

    • Kara September 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Yay! That makes me so happy to hear :)

  11. Elina September 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Thank you, this was so easy that even I didn’t fail!

  12. Shelly November 27, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    Thank you so much!! This is the best tutorial I have seen on this! I never understood it until now!

    • Kara November 27, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      So glad you found it helpful, Shelly!

  13. Inez February 2, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Thank you for the written instructions for magic loop. I learn
    better at written instructions.

  14. Kara May 17, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    You always make it look so easy!!

    • Kara May 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

      Lol! Thanks, Kara!

  15. Nancy May 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    I really want to master this–thanks Kara!

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