The Magic Circle

Ever wondered how round or circular projects have those centers that are all closed up and tight? It’s the Magic Circle! Also known as Magic Ring or Magic Loop, there are several ways to create it. Here’s mine!

I hope that made it clear! There are other ways to do it – some people even take their yarn in the opposite direction – but this is the way I find easiest. But that doesn’t make it the “right” way – there are no crochet police! Do what makes you happy and gives you the results you desire. Do you think you’ll give the Magic Circle a try? What’s your favorite way to start a circle?

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    jeri jackson says

    I have repeatedly tried to print the chrochet Easter Lilly pattern. every time it gives me a printer error and I have to shut down my computer and reboot because it messes up my printer accesability. I have never had this happen ever. could you send me the pattern to my email so I could print it and the progression pictures ? thank you , Jeri

    • 5

      moogly says

      Hi Jeri! Ah, I didn’t know that had gotten published! I’m sorry it’s giving you trouble, have you tried contacting the host website?

      • 6

        moogly says

        Ok, it’s up here now – try the print it now button here at moogly – and do let me know if you have any trouble!

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    Teranja Knitmiss says

    Thank you for your tutorial on the magic ring. I watched it a couple of times and I’m ready to try it out. Thanks again for your blog. You are making a difference in my life as a crocheter.

    • 11

      Tamara Kelly says

      After I pull it tight, I use a tapestry needle to go around the circle the same direction once more, then go back the other way, piercing the yarn through so that it’s completely secure. I’ve never had one come undone yet! :)

  3. 12

    Angel says

    Hi Tamara,

    Do you already have a tutorial on how to do a chainless dc into a magic circle, or is that even a possibility?

    Thank you,
    Angel

    • 13

      Tamara Kelly says

      It is possible, though not the easiest. I don’t have a tutorial specifically for this – sounds like it would be a good one to add!

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        Angel says

        I tried it and it looked okay. I wasn’t sure if I should do a chain first or not right after the crossover at the beginning. It was hard for me to know where to join the last dc of the round to that beginning stitch when continuing with the same color. I didn’t know where to insert the hook for the slip stitch.

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    says

    Thank you so much Tamara for the magic circle tutorial. I’m so glad I found it. I hope it’s ok for me to post it on my website to let others know where I learned it and send them to you and your tutorials and great site.

    Lynda

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    VERNA E says

    Thanks for the tutorials. I have not crocheted in years and need refreshing. Your site has lots of information on it. Looking forward to making bigger things than I used to do with the help of ur site!

  6. 20

    Michelle says

    I just started crocheting (decided to go big with my first project and do an amigurumi bunny), and wish I had found this tutorial first. I was wondering how to get rid of that darned hole! Thanks so much.

    • 21

      Tamara Kelly says

      :D So glad you like it Michelle! And congrats on learning to crochet – amigurumi is an ambitious first project for sure, but after that you’ll be ready to tackle anything! Love your confidence!

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    Debbie says

    i need to find a video i cant read patters because i had a stroke and i can only follow them so do you have videos on dresses and for little boys

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    Shannon says

    Hi I have a question about the end of the magic circle. I don’t see where to insert my hook to begin the dc. Also does the dc wrap twice around the magic circle? From the directions it sends that I should finish the 12 dc when I return to the first stitch but if my magic circle is only 6 around that doesn’t seem possible.

    Thanks

    • 24

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Shannon! In the video I’m demonstrating the magic circle with single crochet stitches. If I were to use the magic circle with double crochets, I would start the exact same way, but instead of stopping at the ch-1, I’d ch-2 or maybe ch-3 (if I wanted that to count as the first st of the round). Then I would yo and make a double crochet around both loops of the ring, just as I worked the single crochet stitches. Also, I like to work 6 sts into the ring for single crochets, but for double crochets I would likely work 12, or some similar number (depending on the stitch pattern). I hope that’s clearer?

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    Debbie says

    thank you so much! I’ve tried to do this from a couple other instructions and this is the first one that worked AND that I could remember without the video! keeping it on my finger for the first few stitches is what I needed – I was having a heck of a time trying to keep the yarn stable enough to stitch around….

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