How to Crochet

How to make a Magic Circle (How to Crochet part 9)

magic circle

Hi Friends! Welcome to part 9 of my How to Crochet Series, where we will learn to make the magic circle (also called magic ring, magic loop, probably some other things I haven’t heard of yet. I tend to use the terms interchangeably, myself). If you’re new here, or you’re fuzzy on some of the earlier lessons, please see “How to Crochet” under the topics menu either beside (on mobile) or below (on computer) this post.

I find that I use the magic circle quite a lot; almost any ball-shape you crochet will use it (think juggling balls, amigurumi, cat toys), I tend to use it for socks and slippers, some mittens, certain styles of granny square… it’s a really useful trick.

There are a lot of tutorials out there for the magic circle that involve wrapping it around your fingers and making the yarn into an X and things, but to be honest I’ve found that just complicates it for me. If my way doesn’t make any sense to you, though, I’d recommend you try the wrap-around-your-fingers method and see if that works better for you (this one seems pretty clear to me). We all do things slightly differently, after all!

In my way of doing it, I make a little fish swimming on my hand (yes, I really do think of it as a little fish), with the tail end beneath the loop and at the bottom of the “tail” like so:


and holding each end separated a bit in that same hand, I hook the yarn from inside the circle, hook underneath and pull it through into the middle of the circle.


Now, with that loop sitting atop the circle (as below), yarn over your hook, and pull through as if you’re making a chain:


There’s your first stitch in your magic circle. From here on out, do your stitches around the ring as if you’re doing a normal stitch (whichever the pattern requires; here I’m demonstrating single crochet).


Continue for as many stitches as required:


When you’re finished, see that loose tail end hanging out from the middle of the stitches on the loop?  Pull it gently, tightening the whole loop:


Until it’s just a cute little round tightly-woven circle of stitches, like so:


Most patterns will tell you how to end your magic circle to carry on with the crochet, but it’s almost always with a slipknot.


Congratulations on your first magic circle!  I strongly suspect it will be one of many 🙂

I hope to see you back here next week for how to read a crochet pattern!  If you can spare some change, please support our Patreon, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to reach out, and please be happy, healthy, and safe! Demonstration video for the magic circle should be coming on Thursday 🙂



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