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Learn to Crochet: How to Make a Magic Circle (or Magic Ring)

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A magic circle is a great technique to use when you’re crocheting in the round. Although the magic circle is more of a technique than an actual crochet stitch, it’s a great skill to master for all those crocheted beanies, baskets, doilies and granny square projects!

Learn to Crochet the Magic Circle by The Birch Cottage

In this tenth post in my learn to crochet series, we’re going to learn how to make a magic circle! We’ve already learned:

  1. Crochet Terms and Abbreviations (a free printable chart)
  2. Basic Supplies Needed to Crochet
  3. How to Hold a Crochet Hook
  4. How to Make a Slip Knot
  5. How to Hold Crochet Yarn
  6. How to Crochet a Chain
  7. How to Single Crochet
  8. How to Double Crochet
  9. How to Half Double Crochet

Materials Used in this Tutorial

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Before we begin, you’ll want to make sure you have the following supplies on hand so you can follow along with this crochet tutorial:

  • Yarn – Any yarn will do, but I’ve found the easiest to work with, especially for beginners, is worsted weight yarns like Wool-Ease. You may also want to choose a light color as it is harder to see your stitches with dark yarns. At least for learning, you’ll want to choose a light colored yarn.

  • Crochet Hook – If you’re just starting out, it may be easier for you to learn to crochet using a larger hook. I recommend learning with a size H (5.0mm) crochet hook, like this ergonomic hook from Clover. This hook is large enough that you can see the individual stitches.

  • Scissors – You’ll find that having a small pair of scissors on hand will be an essential tool as you begin to work on crochet projects. I usually just have a little 5″ pair of these Fiskars scissors on hand, but any small pair will work just fine!


You can purchase yarn, crochet hooks and scissors at your local craft store or online from Amazon, Craftsy, Yarnspirations or even Etsy, to mention a few.

The Magic Circle (or Magic Ring)

Learn to Crochet the Magic Circle by The Birch Cottage

As the name implies, this is a circle that is magical! It’s magical because the center of the circle (the little hole) just seems to disappear. The magic circle is sometimes referred to as a Magic Ring. They are the same thing. I don’t know if there is a correct reference or name for this technique, but I typically refer to it as a magic circle. So, that’s what we’re going to learn today!

The magic circle is more of a technique than an actual stitch. Although, it can be used in place of a starting chain when crocheting with amigurumi patterns, granny squares and other patterns that work in crochet rounds. You actually work your first row of stitches in the magic ring instead of a ring of chains. It just really makes for a nicer, neater and tighter center when working in a round.

There are two types of magic circles: a single loop and a double loop or what is referred to as a Magic Loop and a Double Magic Loop. The only difference is you wrap the yarn around your fingers twice instead of once. As you can imagine, the Double Magic Loop forms a more secure loop.

How to Make a Magic Circle:

Learn to Crochet the Magic Circle by The Birch Cottage

Step 1: Take the tail end of the yarn (leaving a couple of inches for the tail) and grab it between your thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand.
Step 2: Wrap yarn once around two fingers and cross over the yarn on top of your forefinger.
Step 3: The working end of the yarn should be hanging behind the loop you just made.
Step 4: Carefully slide your middle finger out of the loop. While still grasping the yarn with your thumb and forefinger, insert your crochet hook through the loop.
Step 5: Pull up the working end of the yarn through the circle.
Step 6: You should have one loop on the hook.
Step 7: Grasp the circle between your thumb and forefinger, close to the hook.
Step 8: Wrap yarn around hook (yarn over).
Step 9: Pull yarn through loop – chain made.

Video

To make it easy to learn, here’s a video tutorial on how to make a magic circle:

That seems pretty easy, right?!

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Learn to Crochet the Magic Circle by The Birch Cottage

We are really making progress in this learn to crochet journey. I hope you’re feeling good about your progress! You’ve, hopefully, already  armed yourself with your crochet terms printable cheat sheet, have your basic crochet supplies purchased, have learned how to hold a crochet hook, how to hold crochet yarn and how to make a slip knot. Plus, you’ve now learned how to crochet a chain, how to single, double and half double crochet. See, I told you that you’d be crocheting up a storm in no time!

Learn to Crochet the Magic Circle by The Birch Cottage

By the way, if you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. I’ll be glad to try to answer and assist you in your crochet journey!

Happy crocheting…

Pam from The Birch Cottage

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