How to Crochet a Magic Ring (Magic Loop)

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Learning how to crochet a magic ring can really improve the look of your projects that are worked in the round.  The magic ring, also sometimes called a slip ring, adjustable ring, or magic loop, creates an adjustable loop that lets you control the size hole in the center of your work by pulling the tail to close the loop. You can pull it all the way closed as is desirable for crocheting hats (as I did for my basic hat pattern here) and amigurumi (as in my sweet little owl here) or just close it up a small amount like for granny squares (like here), flowers (like here), and other motifs. That is the beauty of the magic ring … you have complete control of how it comes out!

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How to Crochet a Magic Ring

You can follow along by video below or my step-by-step text and photo tutorial further down the page …

How to Crochet a Magic Ring [Video Tutorial]

How to Crochet a Magic Ring [Text & Photo Tutorial]

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).

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Fig. 1

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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).

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Fig. 3

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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).

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Fig. 5

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Fig. 6


Ready to test out your new skill? Try out one of these patterns perfect for starting with a magic loop! …

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37 Responses to How to Crochet a Magic Ring (Magic Loop)

  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. 🙁

      • Joy March 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm #

        Hi Kara! Great tutorial. I’ve crocheted for years and never saw this method. It looks easy and good. Yet, I was wondering the same thing too. How do you fasten off the first end of the thread after you have pulled it tight?

        • Kara March 15, 2017 at 11:08 am #

          I don’t fasten off that end but weave it in once I have closed up my center.

  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 🙂


  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!


  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

    • Kara July 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      Hi Nelly 🙂 I have a chart of crochet abbreviations under my Resources Tab above. Just click here to get right to it:

      Hope that helps 🙂

    • Hi September 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

      They are for the US:
      SC means single crochet
      DC means double crochet
      HDC means half double crochet
      And sorry, but I’ve never come across 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!

  16. D Mac September 3, 2016 at 12:03 am #

    THANK you!! I’ve been trying to figure out the magic circle for like 6 months now! I’ve watched and read a dozen different tutorials and after yours I finally caught on! Thanks for finally getting it through my thick head 😀

  17. Doreen Harris October 31, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this helpful video tutorial and picture tutorial as well. I’m rather new to crocheting, and this seems like it will be so much easier than trying to crochet the appropriate number of stitches into that tiny little hole. This way your stitches will be much more natural and relaxed! Thanks again for sharing!

  18. Lani November 12, 2016 at 9:38 pm #

    Thank you for you tutorial and explanation. I have stumbled my way thru the magic ring for quite a while but your explanation makes it much easier. I am new to blogging and I would like to know if you wouldn’t mind if I put a link to your explanation in my pattern on my blog. I have looked at a few different ones and yours is nice a simple and easy to follow. I wouldn’t even know where to start on how to explain it. Thank you for your consideration

    • Kara November 14, 2016 at 9:32 am #

      Hi Lani 🙂 Yes, of course you may link to my tutorial. thanks so much!!

  19. Patricia July 8, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    Stumbled upon your site as I was doing internet search for magic circles, and I must say this is the simplest one I could follow thanks. I mastered it quickly, now I can do other projects without any hassle.

    Thanks for making it simple in plain form

  20. Mundo do Crochê July 14, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    I loved this tutorial. You excel at every job. It is very easy and practical to do .. I also really liked the color. I will do it for my family and I will do some donations for poor children. That is why I love crochet, it can work wonders.
    I also have an online crochet shop, who can access, I am grateful: Tapete de Barbante Quadrado

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