I love starting projects in the round with the magic circle! No weird bumps from knots, and you can pull it as tight - or keep it as loose - as you like! But if you don't finish them off correctly, they can start to come undone! Here's how I make sure my magic circles always stay closed - and how to fix a magic circle that starts opening up later on!
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How to Keep a Magic Circle Closed - Right Handed
How to Keep a Magic Circle Closed - Left Handed
As Seen in this Video (click for more info!)
If you're not familiar with the Magic Circle already, you can check out my tutorial video for it here: Magic Circle Video Tutorial.
And if you've made the Magic Circle before, you know how great it feels to grab that first end and pull it all tight and closed - there's a reason they call it "magic!" But what then? Don't trim that yarn off yet!
Many people make the mistake of cutting the yarn as soon as the magic circle is pulled closed. The problem is that there's nothing keeping it closed... So you need to put that tail to work again, weaving it in with a yarn needle!
Usually I start by weaving that first end in the same direction it was going before, all around the circle, to add a little extra strength and make sure it's just as tight as I want it to be. Then, it's important to turn it around and go the opposite direction! Then, finally, a bit of weaving in a third direction, off to one side or another, and it's time to trim that end.
Going in several directions locks in that magic circle, and will keep it from coming undone. But what if it's too late? What if you finished a project and months or years later, the magic circle is coming undone?
To fix a magic circle that is coming undone, you want to cut about 12" of new yarn (the same color and weight, if the same yarn is no longer available), and the yarn needle. From the back of your work, go right back into the bottom of the stitches that were worked into the original circle, and sew a new circle in there. Pull it tight, and weave these new ends in as well as you can!
And that's the secret to a long lasting magic circle! Being able to repair past projects means they can continue to bring us joy for years to come - I hope this tutorial helps you keep your crochet project around for a very very long time!
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