The Magic Circle/Magic Ring is my preferred method to start off when crocheting in the round. I like using the magic circle as opposed to the chaining method because it allows you to close the hole in the centre of your project fully. It’s also a lot more versatile to use.
It looks complicated to do, but once you’re a little bit more familiar with the magic circle, it’s very easy.
Watch the video below to learn how to crochet a magic circle:
Step 1 – With your left palm facing you, place the tail end of the yarn over your fingers.
Step 2 – Place your thumb over the tail to hold it down.
Step 3 – Take the working end* of your yarn and wrap it around your index and middle fingers to form an X.
*working end = end closer to your ball of yarn
Step 4 – Sandwich the working end between your middle and ring finger to secure.
Step 5 – Turn your hand over and you will see two strands of yarn.
Step 6 – With your hook facing down, insert your hook under the right strand and over the left strand.
Step 7 – Pull the left strand through under the right strand and turn the hook up towards you.
Step 8 – To make the next part easier you can use your right index finger to hold the top of the loop on your hook so that it doesn’t slip off.
Step 9 – Insert your hook under the working end of the yarn and pull it through the loop that is currently on your hook.
Step 10 – Remove your fingers from the circle, pull on the working end of the yarn to tighten.
You have just created a magic circle!