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This crochet tutorial reveals how to crochet the Magic Circle which is also known as the Magic Ring. This is an important skill to have and once you learn it you will never go back. If this tutorial gives you trouble, however, try this alternative magic ring tutorial. For an alternative magic circle tutorial go here. The Magic Circle uses the abbreviation MC whereas the Magic Ring appears as MR. Be careful to not get confused with the abbreviation of MC as it also sometimes stands for Main Color.
Why Crochet a Magic Circle?
When you learn how to crochet the Magic Circle you gain a very important skill. Your crochet projects will look neater and more elegant when using this magic circle over a chain with its ends connected with a slip stitch as you can close the hole in the middle more tightly.
Let me now get you familiar with how to crochet using this amazing technique. Everyone should learn this whether they are a beginner or more advanced. Many crocheters do not know how to crochet it as they find it too difficult. But if you learn it the right away, you will never use any other technique again.
The Magic Circle Tutorial is part of a “How to Crochet Beginner Guide Series”. You can find all of the Basic Crochet Stitches in my Basic Crochet 101 page.
How to Crochet the Magic Circle (or Magic Ring)
A full video tutorial can be found below as well, in case the picture tutorial is not as clear for you.
First, wrap your yarn around your hand, such that the longer yarn piece (that leads towards the yarn ball) is crossing over the shorter end.
Next, remove your fingers from the loop, but hold the crossed over section with your finger tightly.
Now pull the yarn the was crossed over thru the loose loop to make a new loop.
Hold the newly formed loop tightly with the loop underneath. Put your hook thru that newly formed loop (switch the hands first which hold that newly formed loop).
Now wrap your yarn around your non-hook hand as you normally do when you crochet. Now add your ring and pinky fingers into the loop to create tension. This is a part some crocheters do not do and therefore get frustrated. Be sure to add your fingers into the loop.
Now chain the number of beginning chains you need to make before creating your first stitch. In my case, I am crocheting single crochets, so I created 1 chain.
Now start crocheting your stitches into the magic circle (around the yarn loop you made). Be sure to keep your pinky and ring finger in the circle while crocheting.
When you finished crocheting all your stitches into the magic circle that was needed for the first round, then you will need to remove your fingers from the ring and pull the short end of the yarn (yarn end).
Pull the yarn end until the circle closes completely. I usually weave in this end as I start crocheting the second round, but first I make sure it is somewhere knotted so it will not become loose later on.
Now, you created a magic ring. Super easy, right? Again, if that seemed too complicated for you, be sure to check out my very detailed video tutorial below.
How to crochet the Magic Circle – Video Tutorial
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