The magic ring crochet technique is one of my favorite tricks! Also sometimes called the magic circle, this technique can really improve the look of projects that are worked in the round, such as hats, granny squares, amigurumi, and so on.
In addition to these two most often used terms, a pattern may also refer to the magic ring as a slip ring, an adjustable ring, or a magic loop. These terms all refer to this same technique though.
What’s so great about the magic ring crochet technique?
The magic ring crochet technique creates an adjustable loop that lets you control the size of the center hole of your work by pulling the tail to close the loop. You can pull it all the way closed as is desirable when crocheting hats and amigurumi. Or if you prefer a small opening in a granny square center, you can control that too!
That is the beauty of the magic ring … you have complete control of how it comes out!
How to Crochet a Magic Ring
So how that we have covered the why of the technique, I want to show you the how.
I want to show you step-by-step how to crochet a magic ring. You can follow along by video below or my written and photo tutorial further down the page …
Make sure to turn on your sound so you can hear as I walk you through the steps …
how to crochet a magic circle: 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 that are perfect for starting with a magic loop! …