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!
How to Crochet The Magic Circle – Right Handed
How to Crochet The Magic Circle – Left-Handed
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?
Oh! And don’t forget to close it up tight! If you have trouble with your magic circles coming undone, click here for a tutorial on how to keep them closed up tight!
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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
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?
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!
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.
Thank you so much for saying so Teranja! I’m grateful to be able to help!
Where can I find the tutorial on the magic circle.
You are on the page with the tutorial.
Thanks for posting this tutorial it is easy to follow I watched twice to make sure ihad it + I hae thanks again xx
What do you do with the tail to make sure it doesn’t come loose?
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! 🙂
Neither have I had one come undone. I a lot of weaving it into the circle.
What I’d like to see, if you have it, is how to start the next and subsequent rows without seeing where the new rows began.
Hi Bren! I think what you’re looking for are chainless starting stitches! Here’s a tutorial: https://www.mooglyblog.com/improved-csdc/
Do you already have a tutorial on how to do a chainless dc into a magic circle, or is that even a possibility?
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!
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.
To join in the round you’ll sl stitch to the top of the chainless stitch. 🙂
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.
I’d love it if you posted a link on your site! Thank you so much Lynda!
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!
😀 You’re very welcome Verna – and thank you!
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.
😀 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!
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
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.
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?
It is – thanks for writing back and explaining!
Thank you so much for the magic circle tutorial. That helped me so much! Happy Crocheting!
😀 You’re very welcome!
I love this trick and use it all the time now. No more chain circles!
😀 Thanks Becky! So glad it worked for you!
I was wondering if I could get the pattern for the Easter Lilly?
Hi Karen! The Easter Lily pattern is at https://www.mooglyblog.com/easter-lily-november-lily/ 🙂
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….
😀 I’m so glad it worked for you too Debbie!
I just wanted to say, thank you for a fantastic tutorial for a magic circle. Most of the patterns I’ve worked with have you slip stitch a circle and then work a ton of stitches inside that. But, I’ve recently been seeing newer patterns with these and was completely clueless! Again, thank you sooo much, it was very easy to follow 🙂
😀 I’m so glad to hear it Sharon! Thank you!
This is by and far the very best tutorial on magic ring/circle I have found to date. After hours of frustration trying to understand and form the ring with various other youtube videos I now understand. I shall go forth and magic ring! And no longer be afraid.
Many thanks to you Tamara! You are my crochet angel right now.
😀 I’m so glad, thank you Leigh!
that was great!! I all most gave up til I watched ur video… thanks again
🙂 Thanks Cheryle!
All I can say is you are an amazing lady! Thank you for all you help!!
Wow, thank you so much! 😀
I have honestly never been able to get the magic ring until now despite years of trying! I usually substitute for a chain two but it never looks as nice. You are one awesome teacher! Just watched a load of your tutorials and I feel like a new crocheter! Thank you 🙂
😀 Wow, thank you so much Caroline! I’m so happy to hear it!
This video is fabulous. I have been struggling with the magic circle for a while now and you have finally made it perfectly clear. Thanks.
🙂 Thank you, I’m so glad to hear it!
Could you make something like this that would leave the hole in the center when finished?
Yes! Just don’t pull it all the way closed! Weave in the end securely and it won’t go anywhere. 🙂
I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this tutorial. I am a fairly avid crocheter and relatively intermediate/advanced level. I’m not bragging, just saying I’ve been doing this for years. Thanks to my mom and my aunt (who taught me so much before she passed away) I have been crocheting since i was a kid..I’m 41 now. . I have always avoided the magic circle like the plauge…lol. I’ve watched a lot of videos and visited a ton of websites, but I just couldn’t get it to work. I always did the chain 4 or 5 and crochet into the circle or chain however many stiches and then crochet into the such and such stitch from the hook. I found a pattern thought that I just have to try and it wasn’t gonna look right. So I bit the bullet and decided to give it a try. Well this wonderful lady had a link to your video and here I am. I actually made the magic circle and it looks fairly decent. :). Thanks to you I now at least sort of get it…lol 🙂 You’ve opened up a lot of new patterns or at least a better way to do a lot of the old ones. So once again THANK YOU!!!
Hi Shana! You are very welcome – thank you so much!!
I love how easy your tutorial is the best one ever I have seen. I can’t wait to start my first dragon toy my first ever project but determined to learn to crochet.
😀 Thank you so much Lorna!!
Hi! Thank you for this tutorial. I was searching for a Captain America shield and found this easy one. It required a magic ring to start the circle and there was a link for your site. I watched it a couple of times while trying and voila, I finally have a magic ring! I’m a beginner crocheter and this really helped! Thank you so much
😀 I’m so glad to hear it Leicah, thank you!
Well, thank you very much for that video. I am 70 now and taught my self to
crochet from a book when I was 30 and stick to the easy projects, still, and I knew there
was a way to make that magic circle, but had not actually come across it anywhere!!! So,
going to give it a try. Thank you.
😀 Thank you Marg! I’m glad you found it!
Thank you for this excellent tutorial. I made the cabled slippers, and they came out great! A couple of people tried to teach me the magic circle. I didn’t understand it until I watched your video.
😀 I’m so glad it helped! Thank you Stephenie!
Thank you for teaching me more crochet skills the last year or so. You are appreciated!
😀 Thank you so much for saying so!
I love to use the magic circle! I do have a problem though. I used the magic circle on a beautiful shawl pattern and last night when I went to put the shawl on I noticed that the magic circle was coming apart an I was losing stitches. Is there a special way to secure the ends. I was able to find the dropped stitches but I am not satisfied with the way it looks. I am a very experienced crocheter, having 60 years of experience and have not had any problem like this before. I am concerned about teaching my students this method. Help please!!!
Hi Mary! I have just the tutorial for that! https://www.mooglyblog.com/how-to-keep-a-magic-circle-closed/
I have been crocheting forever and lots of it in the round and never knew this technique-its wonderful
I’m so glad you like it, Lila! Thank you!
Hi! Thanks for a wonderful video!
Does your first chains count as a single crochet? Could you make one chain to stabilize the circle and then start with single or double crochets?
(I am so excited after watching hour videos not to use chains anymore 😊)
Yes, I like to make a chain and pull it down tight to stabilize the circle, then make whatever turning chain is needed for the first round. 🙂