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TUTORIAL: Start crocheting in round with a "Magic ring"

A magic ring or a magic circle is a way to begin crocheting in round by crocheting the first round into an adjustable loop and then pulling the loop tight. This is great way to start crocheting your toys, because you can pull the loop very tight so you won't have a hole in the middle of your first round.

Alternatively you can chain 2 and then crochet the first round into the second chain from hook.

Amigurumi pieces usually start with six single crochet stitches, so this is what I'm using as an example here.

1. Make a loop so the working yarn goes over the yarn end.

magic ring tutorial

2. Grab the join between your thumb and forefinger. Insert the hook through the loop, grab the yarn and draw up a loop.

start crocheting with an adjustable loop

3. Yarn over and draw through the loop on the hook.

magic ring photo tutorial

4. Pull the stitch tight. This does not count as the first single crochet stitch.

how to make a magic ring

5. Start your first single crochet stitch. Insert the hook through the loop, yarn over and draw up a loop.

magic ring photo tutorial

6. Yarn over and draw through both loops on the hook, completing your first single crochet stitch.

how to start crocheting in round

7. Continue crocheting through the loop and over the yarn tail until you have six single crochet stitches.

magic ring step by step tutorial

8. Grab the yarn tail and pull the center tightly closed.

step by step photo tuorial

9. And done! You can now continue with the second round.

magic ring


If you do not see the videos properly, head over to YouTube.

Right-handed version


Left-handed version


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below, I am always happy to help.


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  • Kristi Tullus on

    Hi Marry,

    Take a look at the video, it’s easier to understand that way – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSk7BwpIfQ4

    Or just do a search on YouTube, maybe someone else’s explanation clicks more with you. It’s a technique used by many toy makers and there are so many tutorials out there now.

  • marry on

    im new and 11 i odnt understand the magic sercle is there any way u can post this a litle bit better

  • Kristi Tullus on

    Hi Marji,

    *2dc, 2dc in next st; repeat from * to end (24 Sts) means you crochet 2 dc in every third stitch, so you start with one dc in the first two stitches, then 2 dc in the next stitch. And then you should have 24 stitches.

  • Marji on

    Great, this was so helpful to me, I have found it very complicated recently.

    I have made my adjustable ring now, thank you. I am crocheting the rounds now,
    Finished 2nd row and have 18 stitches, my next row 3rd says *2dc, 2dc in next st; repeat from * to end (24 Sts) . I take this to mean 2dc in every stitch to end, but I am getting far more Sts than 24. 2 dc in every stitch would make 36 sts.??Where am I going wrong. Can you help mw. Many thanks. Marji

  • Rita on

    Thanks for your help!

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