How to Crochet the Magic Ring/Magic Circle (Photo + Video Tutorial)

The magic ring or magic circle as it also called is a way to crochet in the round.  One thing people really like about this technique is that is eliminates that hole in the center and completely closes it up (see photo above).  It may take a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, the magic ring will be a super handy skill to know!

Here's how you do it:

Step 1: Lay yarn across (non-dominant) hand as shown with yarn end closer to you and working yarn on the other side.
Step 2: Wrap yarn once around two fingers (make sure it crosses over as shown and working yarn is on the left.
Step 3: Turn your hand inward as shown so you can see the tops of your fingers.  With the hook, go under and then grab the other loop.
Step 4: Bring up a loop.
Step 5: Carefully slide your fingers out of the ring.
Step 6: Chain 1.

Step 7: To work the first single crochet into the center of the ring, insert the hook in to the center (be sure both ring and yarn tail are incorporated) and bring up a loop.
Step 8: Wrap yarn around hook and bring it through both loops on your hook.
Step 9: Repeat steps 7 and 8 until you have as many single crochets as you need.
Step 10: Gently pull the yarn tail to close up the ring.
Step 11: After pulling the ring closed, it should look like the #11 photo below.  Now you're ready to close the round.
Step 12: Insert hook into next stitch and slip stitch to close round.

Now you're ready to move onto round two!  Work stitches as you normally would or per pattern instructions.  Happy crocheting!

Click below for a full video tutorial on how to crochet a magic ring:

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  2. Thank you for your clear instructions & pics. Will do it a few more times to get used to it.

  3. I am a beginner beginner and pictures are a great help. Plus I can refer back to them! thank You!

  4. Thank you so very much for the easy instructions. I have been trying for 2 days to get this correct with no results. Yours was the easiest and the pictures were quite helpful. I have been crocheting on and off for years but this magic circle is new to me. Thank you so very much again.


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