This technique – I think I may use it more often than any other technique. Ever.
If you ever crochet in the round, this is a technique you need to know! The beginning of your project will look so neat and tidy, you’ll never use another technique again.
How to Create the Magic Ring
Start by placing the working yarn over the palm of your hand, the end of the yarn pointing towards the top of your hand. I suggest using your non-dominant hand for this because you’ll need to use the crochet hook in your dominant hand later.
Next, bring the yarn down across the back of two of your fingers, as pictured.
Wrap the yarn up again, going across the front of your fingers and then down again, going across the back. Do this again, once more. You should have something that looks like what’s pictured below.
Then, slide your hook under the loops on your fingers, as shown.
Yarn over and pull the yarn through all loops.
Now, we’re going to chain one stitch to hold everything in place. Yarn over and pull through the loop on the hook.
For this tutorial, I’m going to be single crocheting into the magic ring, so I’ll be chaining two for my starting chain. I like to think of that first chain we made as sort of a slip stitch to hold everything together, so I don’t count it as part of the starting chain.
Now we’re just going to start crocheting as normal! BUT, instead of crocheting into a chain or into another stitch, we’re going to put our hook directly into the ring that we’ve made and
- Put your hook through the magic ring
- Yarn over
- Pull yarn through the magic ring
- Yarn over
- Pull yarn through the two loops on your hook
I typically place six single crochets in the magic ring (counting the starting chain) because I’ve found that to be a good base for increasing, but you can play with the number to find what you need.
Next, we have to close the ring. This can be a little tricky. The easiest way to do this is to pull gently on the yarn end until one of the two loops begins to move and get smaller. Once you see which one is moving, pull tightly on that loop until the ring closes.
You’ll be left with just one loop hanging loose. Pull on the yarn end once more and this loop will disappear.
What you should have now is a tight, neat base for your project that’s ready to be crocheted into!
At this point, you can either single crochet into the first stitch to begin crocheting in the round in a spiral, or you can do as I do below and slip stitch into the first stitch, chain two, and then begin to crochet.
As you can see below, we now have a perfect circle! So satisfying!
Well, there you have it! This takes all of (literally) ten seconds to do and sets you up for such great success with your project. Who wouldn’t want that?
What projects will you be incorporating this technique into? Show us by using the hashtag #createdmakers!