The magic circle is a technique to start crochet projects that begin with a center circle and work in the round, like granny squares and when you crochet a hat from the crown to the brim. Many adorable amigurumi crochet projects begin with a magic circle. And it is magic! With this method, you work your crochet stitches into the circle and when the first row is complete, you just pull on the end thread and “Voila!” there is no center gap! This is sometimes referred to as the magic ring or the magic loop
In making the magic loop, you create an adjustable circle for starting crochet projects that you work in the round. An alternative to the magic circle is to chain stitch crochet and close the stitches forming a circle. With the chain stitch method for crochet in the round, it is difficult to close the circle.
Here are step-by-step directions with images on how to make a magic circle, as well as a video.
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Is there a difference between a magic circle and magic ring?
No – just different terminology for the same technique. It is also sometimes referred to as the magic loop. It is used to start crochet projects that are worked in the round.
Is there an alternative to the magic circle?
Yes! You can start by chaining four (4) crochet stitches. Next you slip stitch into the first chain, forming a circle. Make sure not to twist your chain. A slip stitch is just putting your hook into the first loop, looping your yarn around your crochet hook and pulling it through. You now have a small circle made from four (4) chain stitches.
To work your project, you would bring your hook into the center of the circle formed by the chain stitches. If you have a lot of stitches in your first round, you can add more chain stitches to your loop. CAUTION: the more stitches, the bigger the center gap will be in your finished project.
Which is the best way to start a crochet project worked in the round?
I prefer the magic circle method to begin your project. It is easy to add your stitches to the circle – you can make it quite large, so it is easy to get your hook in and around the base circle. And, then it is super easy to pull the end yarn and make the circle tight. It is a much more professional way to begin your stitch-in-the-round crochet projects.
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