How to Crochet a Magic Ring – Magic Circle Tutorial

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This step by step photo tutorial with show you two methods to crochet a magic ring, also called a magic circle or adjustagle ring. The magic ring is used for projects stitched in the round. It creates a circle with absolutely no hole in the middle. I've included two different ways to make the circle so you can try both and see what way works for you. It takes a little practice but you can do it! You are going to love the magic ring!
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What is the Crochet Magic Ring?

The crochet magic ring, sometimes called the magic circle or adjustable ring, is used for stitching in the round.  It is an alternative to stitching a number of chains, joining, and then crocheting into the formed circle.


Advantages of the Magic Ring


As opposed to stitching into a circle formed by chains, the magic ring is adjustable and eliminates the hole in the center of your circle.  

The first time you try this technique your jaw will hit the floor.  Finally you will be able to attain a gorgeous crocheted circle with a tight center.

One row of the magic circle with no hole in the middle.

 
Overview of the Magic Ring


Below you will find two different methods for starting the magic ring.  The idea of both is the same.  You will first loop the yarn around to make the magic circle, stitch into it, and then pull the tail to tighten the stitches until there is no hole in the center.


Beginners and the Crochet Magic Ring


Fear not, the magic circle is easy.  Just like all magic ticks once you know the secret and practice a few times the illusion is simple.


It does feel awkward at first and will take a few tries to get the hang of it.  But keep practicing and it will be your new favorite technique.  You can do this!


I’ve included two different methods so if one doesn’t work for you, you can try the other.

Projects that use the Magic Circle

The magic circle is especially good for making circles that will be used as balls and stuffed. You will not have to worry about stuffing coming out of the center of your ball.

Here are two bags I have designed that use circles made with the magic ring.

The first is my favorite bag. It’s the 9 Ball Tote. I use it all the time to carry my books to the library. It’s a very sturdy tote.

You can find the free pattern here: 9 Ball Tote

Look a those nice tight circle centers!!

The second is the bag I use the most. It’s the Ball Button Crossbody Bag.

It’s a super light weight bag and I use it to throw just my keys, phone, and license in when my son and I are headed to the park.

You can find the free pattern here: Ball Button Crossbody Bag


Magic Circle Tutorial:


Below I walk you through 2 different ways to make the crochet magic ring.  The yarn is moved in the same way in each. The difference is the way you hold your yarn.


Choose your favorite.  Let the magic begin!


Magic ring tutorial method one


Step 1.  Lay out your yarn in a straight line with your working yarn on top and the tail facing down.

A skein of yarn with a tail pointing down.

Step 2.  Shape the tail into a U.

A piece of yarn in the shape of a U.


Step 3.  Cross the tail under itself to make an O.  It’s important that the yarn crosses under.

A peice of yarn shaped into an O.

Step 4.  Reach through the O with your crochet hook facing down.  Grab the working yarn, draw up a loop.

A crochet hook reaching through a yarn O and pulling up a loop to for a magic ring.


Step 5.  Yarn over with the working yarn and draw up a loop to form a chain.

A chain on a hook attached to a magic circle.


Step 6.  You can now pick up your magic ring by pinching the area where the yarn crosses and start your pattern.

A person's hand pinching the area where the yarn crosses over of a magic crochet circle.

Start your pattern here


Step 7.  Chain as many as your pattern requires.  For this example I will be using double crochet, so I will chain 3. I do not count the chain from step 5 as one of the 3 chains.

Three chains attached to a crochet magic ring.


Step 8.  Crochet into the circle the number of stitches your pattern requires.  You will be crocheting over the area where the yarn crosses.  It is okay if the area where the yarn crosses is not visible because it is under your stitches. Just keep the tail free.  Here I made 7 dc.

Eight double crochets worked into the center of a crochet magic circle.


Step 9.  Get excited for the magic.  Hold onto your stitches with one hand and pull the yarn tail with the other.  Your circle will magically close.  So cool right?!

Two hands, one is pulling the tail of a crochet magic circle.  The other hand is holding eight double crochets.


Step 10.  Follow your pattern’s instructions for the next step.  You will either join to the first stitch or stitch into the first stitch.  Then give another tug on the tail to make your magic circle perfectly closed.  Now continue on with your project. Here I joined to the top of the chain 3 with a slip stitch.

A completed crochet magic circle.


The magic circle can be awkward at first, but after some practice it will seem natural and you will be a crochet magician!

Magic ring tutorial method 2:

Here is a second way to crochet a magic circle. This is the way that I learned. However, I now mostly use method 1.


1:  Hold the yarn with the working yarn behind your hand and tail hanging down in front.

A hand holding a tail from a skein of yarn.


2:  Wrap the working yarn up over the front of your hand.

A hand with yarn wrapped around it.


3:  Wrap the working yarn back down over the back of your hand forming an X.

A hand with yarn crossed over the back forming an X shape.


4:  With your crochet hook, reach under the first strand and grab the second strand.

One hand with yarn wrapped around it and one hand with a crochet hook.

 
5:  Pull the strand under the first.

A crochet hook pulling the first strand of yarn under a second strand of yarn to create a crochet magic ring.


6:  Slide your hand out.  Pinch the area where the yarn crosses to hold your loop together.

A hand releasing the magic ring.


7. Yarn over with the working yarn and draw up a loop to form a chain.

A crochet magic ring with one chain attached.

You are now at the same point as Method 1: Step 7. You can start your pattern by chaining the number of required chains. Please refer back to Method 1 if you would like to see the photos of Steps 7 through 10.


I hope one of these methods works for you!

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This step by step photo tutorial with show you two methods to crochet a magic ring, also called a magic circle or adjustagle ring. The magic ring is used for projects stitched in the round. It creates a circle with absolutely no hole in the middle. I've included two different ways to make the circle so you can try both and see what way works for you. It takes a little practice but you can do it! You are going to love the magic ring!
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