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Magic Ring (right-handed)

Link easily to this tutorial in your patterns: www.planetjune.com/magicring

Looking for the left-handed instructions? Or the video tutorial? If not, read on…

What is this ‘Magic Ring’, anyway?

A magic ring is a way to begin crocheting in the round by crocheting over an adjustable loop and then pulling the loop tight. The advantage of the magic ring method (below, right) is that, unlike the regular “chain 2, x single crochet in 2nd chain from hook” method (below, left), there is no hole left in the middle of your starting round.

magic ring vs traditional method
L: ch2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc in each st around.
R: magic ring, ch 1, 6 sc in magic ring, 2 sc in each st around.

How do I make a Magic Ring?

Please note: in the following photos, the starting yarn tail is always on the left and hanging down. The working yarn begins on the right and is then picked up over my left forefinger in Step 2.

This demonstration shows a piece made using the following pattern:

Make a magic ring, ch 1.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring. ( 6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 st)

If you’re following a different pattern, you’d complete steps 1-2 of this tutorial exactly as shown below, then work the chain and the stitches of Rnds 1 and 2 as specified in your pattern.

  1. Make a loop a few inches from the end of your yarn. Grasp the join of the loop (where the 2 strands of yarn overlap) between your left thumb and forefinger:
    magic ring
     
  2. Insert hook into the loop from front to back. Draw up a loop:
    magic ring
     
  3. Ch 1 (or as many as stated in your pattern). Note: this does NOT count as a stitch:
    magic ring
     
  4. Insert hook into the loop, so you are crocheting over the loop and the yarn tail. Draw up a loop to begin your first sc of Rnd 1:
    magic ring
     
  5. Complete the sc. Continue to crochet over the loop and the yarn tail until you have the required number of sc for your first round (6 sc shown here):
    magic ring
     
  6. Grab the yarn tail and pull to draw the centre of the ring tightly closed:
    magic ring
     
  7. Begin your second round by crocheting into the first stitch of the first round (below, left). At the end of round 2 your work will look like this (below, right):
    magic ring
     

You’ll never go back to your old method again, I promise!

303 Comments »

  1. Kathleen said

    Thank you so very much!!! To say that I am a novice crocheter is a vast over-exaggeration of my skill!!! With no guidance whatsoever I progressed from being able to make a single chain as long as a skein of yarn to creating a sort of dense pot holder looking thing….then I bought beginner’s crochet guide only to find out that the world of crochet stich nomenclature was WAY beyond my ability to understand! My holy grail at the moment is to make a simple cap…I found instructions elsewhere on how to increase and decrease a circle in crochet and created something that kept my head warm on a recent trip to NY…but there was a hole at the top that I had to cover with a pathetic looking pom-pom…Today I sat down with your instructions and have created a successful (if a little wonky) magic circle!!! I am feeling there is a slightly less odd looking cap in my near future!!! I love your beautiful site and your clear and simple instructions!!!

  2. Lisa said

    Thank you so much for posting this. :) I am new to crocheting and my boyfriend’s mother taught me rounds but I had no idea that you could make it without a hole this easily!! I have had more practice with double crochets than singles, but I found this easy to do with doubles as well.

  3. Margie Echevarria said

    Do you have a video for the Frothy Flower? I just can’t seem to grasp how to do Row 4 (going to the back of the flower)

    • June said

      Margie, I’m afraid I can’t provide support for other people’s patterns – I suggest you contact the designer of that pattern for assistance :)

  4. Carol Newman said

    Oh my goodness, I finally learned how to make the magic ring from your instructions. I have made so many patterns that reference the magic ring without instructions I could figure out. I am a lefthand crafter in a righthand world lol.

    Thank you for simplifying it to my level lol.

    Carol

    • June said

      I’m glad I could help, Carol, but I hope you realise that I have left-handed versions of all my crochet tutorials for people like us (yep, I’m a lefty too)! You can find them all at http://www.planetjune.com/help :)

  5. Corinne said

    Just completed my first magic loop! Thank you so much for sharing, I’m never going back now! :-)

  6. Carolyn Nicely Bradley said

    Found your instructions on making the magic circle most helpful , esp with pics….. I found the pattern for making a flower using the magic circle, then I clicked on the link for the instructions ….. glad I found you ! Thanks

  7. Robin said

    Wow! I love this technique. It reminds me of being a kid and learning macrame for the forst time. …but now I can incorporate into crochet. BRILIANT!

  8. ola said

    Thank you that was helpful for a beginner
    Stay well
    Ola

  9. neyah said

    awww tanks now i can make my teacher miss foote a babby hat .
    ./

  10. Hoda said

    Oh my good, it ‘s unbelievably easy. Thank you so much for sharing .

  11. Dee001 said

    Thank you so much for showing the magic circle. I have tried doing it before but your explanation answered it all. Love it!!! Thanks much for sharing.
    Keep it up.

  12. lindsay said

    Do you have a video for this?

    • June said

      Yes! There’s a link to my video tutorial at the top of this page :)

  13. Jess Copland-gemmell said

    Thanks so much for this. I found all other demos of this really hard to use.

  14. Jill said

    Ive been making hats for a while with no pattern but my own imagination, but I always start from the bottom and go up just decreasing as I go. It seems to work for me but sometimes it’s difficult to get my large starting round perfect. Super excited to try the magic circle with a “real” pattern for a baby beanie.

  15. BeeZeeDee said

    Hi June –
    You can’t imagine how many other videos and tutorials I looked at before I found yours – I wanted to try making tiny things for my soon-to-be granddaughter, and I was so frustrated! Your clear step-by-step pictures, with accompanying explanations, did the trick!

    One of the things that was most helpful was the identification of which yarn was which (starting yarn and working yarn) in the note at the start of the instructions. Maybe because I am so new at this, the distinction wasn’t clear to me in the pics, but with your ‘aviso’ up front, I figured it out.
    Whoopee, and thanks!

  16. Anita said

    This is cool…but what do you do with the yarn end after you pull it tight? Cut it off? Tie it off? Weave it in?

    Thanks!

    • June said

      Don’t cut it off, or your work will unravel! It’s the same as any other yarn end – if it won’t show (e.g. inside an amigurumi) you can leave it hanging; if it will be visible (e.g a coaster or hat) you’ll want to weave it in so it doesn’t look messy.

  17. Thank you June for the instructions on the magic ring. It took a couple of hours practicing, but I was able to do this.
    Sincerely,
    Cindy Outland

  18. Shelly Lewis said

    June
    Thank you for the easy to understand instructions. I have been looking for a way to close off the circle instead of leaving a hole so thanks again. I will definently be keeping an eye out for new ways to do things by visiting PlanetJune

  19. Jenna said

    My pattern starts with: magic ring, ch 3 dc10, pull ring tight, join to top of ch 3. I don’t understand if if that is supposed to be after the magic ring? How many stitches do I do on my ring? I am new to this and your site is really helpful so far.

    • June said

      Jenna, all stitches before the ‘pull ring tight’ are worked into the ring. Please note that if you have other questions about specific patterns like this, your best bet is to contact the pattern designer directly and ask them for help – I can’t offer support for other people’s patterns :)

  20. Pat Stauffer said

    Oh my gosh!!! This is fantastic!!! Never heard of this, but will use it from now on. Thank you so much for posting this!!

  21. Alesha said

    I’ve been crocheting over 10 years and I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without hearing about this! Thank you…you’re right, I will never go back!
    Alesha <3

  22. eartha pratt said

    I love the magic circle however i an having a problem understanding the pattern I’m hoping you can help. It says 7-7-7-8-8sc in magic circle??? What am i suppose to do??

    • June said

      Eartha, you need to contact the designer of the pattern you’re using and ask him/her to explain what they meant – I’m afraid I can’t offer support for other people’s patterns :)

  23. Elizabeth said

    Hi June, I just started crocheting last month, so please excuse me if this is a ridiculous question, but can you use the magic ring to start a hat when the pattern DOESN’T call for it? Is there a particular substitution? Thanks so much!

    • June said

      All you need to do is replace whatever your pattern says to work the stitches of Rnd 1 into (probably either a single chain stitch, or a loop of chain stitches) with the loop of the magic ring :)

  24. May said

    Thanks for the Magic Ring instructions. I am mostly a knitter only because there are some things about crochet that I had no idea could be done. I will never go back to the old way again!!

  25. Helene said

    Oh. So THIS is a magic. Haha, I always skip that part when I crochet. Now I see what I’ve missed. Thank you so much for this, and for linking it in the flower tutorial so that I clicked it (after 13 failed attempts to fit 15 stitches in one small hole).
    Have a creative day!

  26. Caz said

    Thank you so much for the easiest method I’ve tried for this – usually every time I need to make a magic circle (obviously not often enough lol) I have to search for the instructions, but I think I’ll actually be able to recall your instructions easily. Thanks again!

  27. Parita said

    i don’t get the instructions can u be more specific please

  28. Shradha said

    This is the best explanation ever. I had been struggling with it for 2 years and got it in 2 mins. Thank you

  29. Vanessa said

    Thank you so much. I am new to crochet and have been struggling with the magic circle but got it straight away with your instructions, they are very clear and easy to follow. I can now get to work on my beanie :) Thank you for taking the time to share your expertise.

  30. Rosemary L. said

    I have used the magic ring and it looks great. I have found that the ring loosens and I don’t know how to keep it tight. I do weave in the ends but it still relaxes. It looks as though no one else has this issue. But, it could be my teacher – a book called “I Tought Myself To Crochet”! Learned in 1974 after breaking down in Kingman, AZ for 7 hours. Never had a real crochet buddy so I still have not advanced to semi-complex patterns ????. Thanks for your site.

    • June said

      It depends in part on the yarn you use, and in part on how tightly you pull it closed – after it feels like it’s closed I can usually give it an extra-hard tug and it’ll lock up tighter, but that does depend on the yarn.

  31. Dot said

    My only question is…what keeps the ring from unravelling? I know you pull it tight and then that thread just hangs there. How do you secure it so that when washed, it doesn’t pull apart? That is the only thing that keeps me from trying this.

    • June said

      Dot, if you’re making an amigurumi, you can leave the yarn tail dangling inside the piece. For any other crochet (garments, accessories, home decor, etc) you’d just weave in the yarn tail on the back of the work to secure it, as you do with all your other yarn ends.

  32. Theresa said

    Thanks so much for sharing this, I was never able to quite understand the concept of the magic ring but now I won’t use any other method for my beanies. Your instructions were simple and easy to follow after a few tries I was able to do it on my own…Thanks again!!

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