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Magic Ring (right-handed)

Link easily to this tutorial in your patterns:

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?

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.

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.

  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!

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  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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

  3. 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!!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. Shelly Lewis said

    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

  6. Cindy Outland said

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

  7. 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?


    • 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. Jess Copland-gemmell said

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

  11. 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 🙂

  12. 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.

  13. Hoda said

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

  14. neyah said

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

  15. ola said

    Thank you that was helpful for a beginner
    Stay well

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. Corinne said

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

  19. 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.


    • 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 🙂

  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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.

  22. 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!!!

  23. Beth Nieto said

    That’s great! Thanks for sharing! As a beginner I’m still trying, but maybe one time I’ll learn! LOL

  24. Robin said

    Thank you SO MUCH for making this tutorial!!!

    I refer to it every time I start a hat. I’m sure as my crochet skills grow I will have to use it for other projects too. I wouldn’t have been able to learn it without your steps and pics.

  25. Monika L. said

    Thank you so much for the photos. With video tutorials I have to pause all the time to figure out what I’m doing. I’ve been making a lot of amigurumi toys for my niece and nephews and some Caps for Cancer and this is the perfect way to start those projects.

  26. MaryMargaret said

    YOU are a GENIUS! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Linda Greer said

    Have been crocheting for lots of years and love seeing this. Feel clumsy doing it and isn’t as neat so I know I need more practice. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Joann said

    Hello June ~ gosh I have been crocheting for years and never thougt of this or have ever seen it before. I can’t wait to try it, my only problem, I am LEFT Handed. I can usually figure it out, I may have to try this today. I will let you know how the “leftie” did. 🙂

    • June said

      Hi Joann, I’m actually a lefty too! All my tutorials come in right- and left-handed versions – look for the link to the lefty version (and the video version, in both-handed versions) at the top of this page 🙂

  29. sharon swander said

    Thanks for making this easier for me. But I still can’t pull the tail tight enough to close the hole. I know it’s just me but any suggestions will help

    • June said

      Sharon, take a look at my magic ring video to see exactly how I do it – I find you can pull it much tighter if you tug really hard at the end of Rnd 2.

      If that doesn’t help, it could be the yarn you’re using. Some yarns just aren’t compressible enough to fit all those loops into such a tiny circle that no hole at all remains. Other yarns aren’t strong enough, and when you tug hard enough to close the hole, they snap! So maybe try a different yarn and see if that works better.

  30. MJo said

    I was looking for directions that were not a video so I could print them out and have them on hand.. thank you!!

  31. Ollie Ruzgal said

    its really a great help for a beginners like me.. i often use a ring w/ a hole and using a button to hide it.. i’ll use a magic ring this time. well, thanks a lot! ^_^

  32. Dianne said

    What a trick! I’ll be using this often. Thanks so much.

  33. Alasia said

    I won’t go back! So awesome! I always wondered how people were able to do this without a hole! SOOOO excited!!! L!

  34. linda sencenbaugh said

    I what to the search but nothe come up it side not found sorry but no matched your criteria

  35. linda sencenbaugh said

    I love your poinsettia i wish your would send me the patti for all the poinsettia you have please help me love linda

    • June said

      Hi Linda, I’m not quite sure what you’re asking for, but if it’s my crocheted poinsettia pattern, you can find it here:

      If you’re looking for any of my other poinsettia designs, try using the search box near the top right corner of this page – type in poinsettia and hit search, and all the related posts will come up 🙂

  36. Simply genius! Thank you a million times!

    • linda sencenbaugh said

      Thank You so much I love your work

  37. Wai Sam said

    Hi June thanks for the tutorial. I have made my own Magic adjustable ring tutorial too! It took me one full day to take and edit the pictures. Kudos to you for making the tutorial. XoXo

  38. Mary said

    Love this! Is there a printable version available? I need to carry with me in case I get stuck when I am at appointments & waiting. Like to carry small projects with me to keep busy 🙂 Thanks so much!!!!

  39. Mary said

    Love the tutorial with the pictures! I really would love to share this with an older friend that doesn’t have internent. Is there any way to print this so I can share with her? Tried to highlight & print, but that doesn’t give but one picture. Thanks so much!

  40. Ashley Carlson said

    Hello! I am a new to crochet but quickly came across this tutorial and the video. Unfortunately after the 5th or 6th beanie, this is still SO very difficult for me!! I am not sure if I am doing this correctly and the tops of my beanies just seem to be a big circle of thrown together yarn!! They sort of make sense around row 3-4. How many sc do I do into the ring before I pull tight? Is it always the same or does it depend on the pattern?

    Thank you!

    • June said

      Ashley, the stitches you make into the ring are the stitches of Rnd 1 of your pattern, so yes, the number does vary. If you’re still having difficulties, I suggest you watch my video tutorial too, to make sure you’re doing it right!

  41. Julia said

    I don’t understand how you got your loop to stay and still have your circle. following your directions, it did NOT work for me.

  42. RoseOniel said

    wow…. that is confusing lol…. But i will try… I just started doing crochet.. i know how to stitch but making loops and rounds is still a little hard for me but your pictures and distributions help :).

  43. Amy said

    Hello and thank you for your tutorial. I have achieved the magic ring, however I was wondering how to secure it? If I just pull closed, then it opens back up ever so slightly as I am crocheting other rows, so my question is this, do I need to tie a knot to secure once pulled close? If so when, a couple rows in or when the project (a hat for now) is done? I would greatly appreciate your help, and thank you!

    • June said

      That probably means you haven’t pulled it tightly enough, Amy. See my Magic Ring video for exactly how I do it. If you can’t pull it that tightly, there’s no harm in making a knot. You can tie the knot at any point after pulling it tight.

  44. sandra bolser said

    thank you so much for showing how to make the magic ring!

  45. Anna said

    I was looking to make, by crotchet, some tiny, tiny five petal flowerettes to salvage my daughter’s expensive, moth eaten, fine woollen jacket but couldn’t make the first ring tidy enough for the quality of the item.
    I have tried your ‘magic ring’ method with great success. Using a very fine cotton sheen, like sewing thread, and the finest crotchet hook I could find in my rummage box. I am so very pleased with the finish and I’m sure the eccentric placement of the moth larvae holes (only on the two front panels) will add to the quality look of the garment.
    Many thank for posting these clear and easy to follow instructions with pictures. I like pictures!

    • Birdie said

      How nice! ;D I am sure it is a lovely sweater now! :):)

  46. dotb said

    Thank you! Will try it soon!

  47. Thanks! Very simple directions… just what I was looking for!

  48. Ada said

    Hi June

    This is my first time on your site, I just saw your video on how to do a loop stitch (crochet), and I found it very helpful. I have this project that reguires a double loop stitch (crochet) and double-loop-st2tog and I can’t find a video on it any where, I was hoping you could help.

    • June said

      Hi Ada! I create my videos to support my own patterns. Each one takes me several hours to film and edit, and nobody pays me to make them – I just create them as a service to help my customers. I’m afraid I only have time to make videos that demonstrate the techniques I use in my designs – I’m very sorry I can’t help you.

  49. misty hernandez said

    Glad i ran across this site very helpful. Thanks

  50. Liz said

    Is the first single crochet tougher to find than the others, or am I doing something wrong?

    • June said

      Liz, the first stitch of Rnd 2 is always hard to work back into, but especially so if you

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