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