Crochet beginners (and some of us old-timers too), often have trouble crocheting a perfect circle. Most instructions call for chaining two or three stitches and then putting a number of stitches in the first stitch. Quite often the circle comes out lopsided or more oval than circle and often leaves a large hole in the center.
The magic ring technique is a sneaky technique to crochet the perfect circle. I can’t lay claim on figuring this out, but I will claim that I explain the magic ring better than most. Once you get the basic idea down, you will most likely find a different way to do this. My original instructions proved to require too much wrist twisting for my pattern tester’s arthritic hands. She found this magic ring technique more gentle on her hands and easier to follow but quickly began adapting the technique to her own; creating a third possible way to use the magic ring to crochet a perfect circle.
I have little doubt once you understand the basics, you too will come up with a magic circle technique that works best for you.
NOTE: This magic ring crochet tutorial is fully-illustrated and may take a moment or two to fully load.
Why the Magic Circle Fails
Before we begin, I want to share the biggest problem folks run into when using this technique – their magic circle unravels. As you make your first circle using this technique, pay attention to how the yarn is forming the circle – there’s no knots.
If you simply cut the tail of the yarn, without securely weaving it in the the second and/or third rows first; your circle will stretch and potentially come apart completely.
So, if you don’t want all of your hard work to fall apart, weave the tail into your stitches before trimming it.
How to Crochet a Perfect Circle Using the Magic Ring
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 1:Wrap the yarn around your fingers as shown to the left and secure the yarn with your thumb.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 2:Slide working end to the base of your pinky, make sure the tail hangs free. Bend pinky finger around working end to maintain tension.Make sure yarn is snug around your middle and ring fingers; you may need to split them slightly to do this.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 3:Tilt your hand so that your pinky faces the floor.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 4:Insert your crochet hook under the loop on top of your middle finger.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 5:Slide crochet hook and yarn looped over your index finger so that the hook is over the loop on your index finger.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 6:Twist crochet hook to grab working yarn on your index finger…|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 7:…and pull under the loop that goes around your middle and ring fingers – this will create a loop on the crochet hook.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 8:Make a single crochet using the working yarn and the loop you just put on your crochet hook.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 9:You should have a single stitch on the ring and your hook should be outside of the circle at this point.This stitch is going to anchor your threads to create your adjustable ring. Most pattern designers know that the anchor is too tight to ever hope to poke your hook back through and do not count it in their instructions. When you join the loop and pull it tight, the anchor generally tucks under the other stitches and remains hidden from view.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 10:Insert your crochet hook through the loop/circle on your middle finger. Be sure to have your crochet hook positioned under the tail.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 11:Grab the working thread from your index finger with your crochet hook and slide the hook through the loop/circle.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 12:You should now have two loops on your crochet hook.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 13:Wrap working yarn around your crochet hook and pull the yarn through both of the loops on your crochet hook.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 14:You now have made the first counted stitch of your circle.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 15:Repeat steps 10-13 to create the desired number of stitches for your circle.|
|Magic Crochet Circle – Step 16:While holding the stitches in your right hand, gently pull the tail to tighten the circle and bring the stitches together.It will look something like a kidney bean at this point.
Slide the crochet hook into the first real stitch you made and bring the working yarn through that stitch and the loop on your crochet hook to finish your circle.
If you are making an Amigurumi or other project that is worked in spiral rings rather than rows, use a regular stitch to join your ring. Check the pattern you are working from as they may require no join, the use of a slip stitch or even turning the piece without joining.
After you have made a few stitches on the second row, pull the tail to make your crochet circle even neater and tighter.
Circle Crochet with Tall Stitches
This technique will also work for a central crochet circle using one of the tall stitches like double, half-double or triple crochet.
Once you complete step 9, you will need to make 2 (for half-double crochet), 3 (for double) or 4 (for treble crochet) chain stitches. This chain will not count in your total stitch count for your circle.
Yarn over hook as you would when making one of these tall stitches and make the stitch normally inserting the hook into the center of the circle. Continue making the tall crochet stitch around the ring for the appropriate number of times called for by the pattern you are following.
Pull the sting to tighten the circle as shown in step 16. Slip stitch into the first tall stitch on your ring to close the circle.
If you have any questions…just ask and I’ll try to help.
Please let me know if you found my magic circle tutorial useful.