When starting a crochet project, the first step is usually to make a chain and work into it. However, this can result in a small hole in the center of your work. An alternative method is to begin with a magic circle, also known as a magic ring. In this tutorial, we will show you how to begin your crochet with the magic circle.
Materials You'll Need
Worsted weight yarn
Crochet hook (size H/5mm)
Follow these steps to begin your crochet with the magic circle:
Hold the end of the yarn in your left hand and drape the yarn over your left index and middle fingers, with the working end on the back of your hand.
Wrap the yarn over your fingers from front to back, then back to front again, creating a loop around your fingers.
Insert the crochet hook under the first strand of yarn, then over the second strand.
Hook the second strand and pull it under the first strand, creating a loop on the hook.
Chain one, then make the desired number of stitches into the loop, holding the tail of the yarn to keep the loop tight.
Once you have completed the desired number of stitches, gently pull the tail of the yarn to close the center of the circle.
Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Use a tapestry needle to weave the tail through the stitches and secure the end.
Using the magic circle technique to begin your crochet can result in a tighter and neater center. It is particularly useful for projects such as hats, amigurumi, or anything that requires a closed center. With a little bit of practice, you'll be able to master this technique and create beautiful projects. So grab your yarn and hook and give the magic circle a try!