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How to Crochet a Magic Circle for beginners!

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What is a Magic Circle in Crochet?

Even the name the 'Magic Circle' sounds intriguing and illusive, and it can be when you're a beginner and learning to crochet!  Here you'll learn how to crochet a magic circle, or magic ring. This is a popular way of starting a project that you're crocheting in the round, and it is used to begin most amigurumi crochet projects.

It involves creating a loop with your yarn, and then working stitches into the loop, to create your magic circle.

There are several different ways of doing this technique, but I'm going to show you my favourite method for a very neat magic circle method, and also a cheat method, which is perfect for beginners! The second 'Cheat Magic Circle' is easier, and starts with chaining 2 stitches. This method isn't quite as neat and leaves a small hole, but is great for beginners, and anyone who is struggling with the Magic Circle.  

While this may seem like a challenging technique to learn at first, even as a beginner it can be done, it just takes practice.

Magic Circle Tutorials

From experience, we've found the easiest way to learn to crochet is by watching, so we've created video tutorials for both methods, so grab your yarn and hook, and a cup of tea, and let's get started!

The Magic Circle Video Tutorial

The Cheat Magic Circle

 

How to Crochet a Magic Circle

If you prefer to learn with images, find a step by step guide below!  Do have patience as learning the Magic Circle is tricky, and people often need to practice lots of times before it clicks!

Step 1. Wrap the end of the yarn over the back of your dominant hand

How to Crochet a Magic Circle - Step 1. Wrap the end of the yarn over the back of your dominant hand

 

Step 2. Wrap the end twice up and over the back of your middle and index fingers. 

 How to Crochet a Magic Circle - Step 2. Wrap the end twice up and over the back of your middle and index fingers.

 

Step 3. Insert your crochet hook underneath the two loops which are around your fingers. Use your thumb to hold the wool leading to the ball. You will feel a little like an octopus, until you get used to holding everything in place!

Step 3 - Insert your crochet hook underneath the two loops which are around your fingers. Use your thumb to hold the wool leading to the ball. You will feel a little like an octopus, until you get used to holding everything in place!

 

Step 4. Hook the strand that leads to your ball of wool. Use your little finger if needed to hold this strand to keep it from moving around. Pull the strand you've hooked through underneath the two loops.

Step 4. Hook the strand that leads to your ball of wool. Use your little finger if needed to hold this strand to keep it from moving around. Pull the strand you've hooked through underneath the two loops.

 

Step 5.  This time putting your hook aver the top of the 2 loops, hook the strand that leads to your ball of yarn.

Step 5.  This time putting your hook aver the top of the 2 loops, hook the strand that leads to your ball of yarn

 

Step 6.  Pull the hooked strand through the loop which is on your hook. 

Step 6.  Pull the hooked strand through the loop which is on your hook.

 

Step 7. This is the completed slip knot which holds your loops in place, it does not count as a stitch. You are now ready to begin adding your stitches into the Magic Circle. 

Step 7. This is the completed slip knot which holds your loops in place, it does not count as a stitch. You are now ready to begin adding your stitches into the Magic Circle.

 

Step 8.  Use your fingers to keep everything held securely (this will get easier with practice I promise!) Put your hook underneath the 2 loops again, grab the working yarn and pull it underneath the loops (the working yarn means the strand that leads to the ball). You will now have 2 loops on your crochet hook.

Use your fingers to keep everything held securely (this will get easier with practice I promise!) Put your hook underneath the 2 loops again, grab the working yarn and pull it underneath the loops (the working yarn means the strand that leads to the ball). You will now have 2 loops on your crochet hook.

 

Step 9: Now go over the top of the loops with your hook, grab the yarn and pull it through the 2 loops on your hoop. Angle the hook facing downwards, so that it doesn't catch and split the loops when pulling it through. Getting the correct angle will get easier with practice.

Step 9: Now go over the top of the loops with your hook, grab the yarn and pull it through the 2 loops on your hoop. Angle the hook facing downwards, so that it doesn't catch and split the loops when pulling it through. Getting the correct angle will get easier with practice.

 

Step 10. You have now completed your first Double Crochet (DC) stitch!  It looks like a small V shape, as you can see below.

You have now completed your first Double Crochet (DC) stitch!  It looks like a small V shape, as you can see below.

 

Step 11. Now repeat steps 8 to 10 five more times. You will now have a slip knot and 6 DC stitches, which look like 6 clearly defined Vs.  If your pattern calls for a different number of DC stitches, simply create the number required. We have shown 6 stitches, as this is the usual number for starting most Wee Woolly Wonderfuls crochet patterns for beginners.

You have now completed your first Double Crochet (DC) stitch!  It looks like a small V shape, as you can see below.

 

Step 12. Now you will see that you have a strand leading from the base of your Magic Circle, and 2 loops. 

Step 12. Now you will see that you have a strand leading from the base of your Magic Circle, and 2 loops.

 

Step 13. Firmly grip the bottom of the Magic Circle with your thumb and forefinger.  Tug on each loop one at a time. One will not budge and the other will. Pull the loop of the one that will move until the other loop disappears.

Step 13. Firmly grip the bottom of the Magic Circle with your thumb and forefinger.  Tug on each loop one at a time. One will not budge and the other will. Pull the loop of the one that will move until the other loop disappears.

 

Step 14. Next grasp the end of the yarn that dangles from the bottom, and pull it firmly. It will pull through and the large loop you created in Step 13 will completely disappear.

Step 14. Next grasp the end of the yarn that dangles from the bottom, and pull it firmly. It will pull through and the large loop you created in Step 13 will completely disappear.

 

Step 15. Well done - you have created your first Magic Circle!  

Step 15. Well done - you have created your first Magic Circle!

 

Close up image of the completed Magic Circle.

Close up image of the completed Magic Circle.
It's helpful to add a stitch marker onto the last DC as shown below, and this will show you where the end of your round is. You can now continue with your pattern.
TOP CROCHET TIP! 
Always count the stitches at the end of every round to make sure you are on track, and have not gained or lost any stitches. To do this count the full clear Vs, each one is one stich. Do not count the small slip knot underneath, as this is not a stitch.
crochet a Magic Circle loop ring for beginners step by step photo tutorials
We hope that you have enjoyed this photo tutorial showing you how to crochet a Magic Circle. Like with learning anything new, it will take practice to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it will take your under a minute and will be easy to do! 

Get Help and Support

We even have a Facebook Group full of help and support for crochet lovers, so you can ask questions if you get stuck. It's fun and friendly, and you can share photos and 'meet' other crochet lovers! 
Request to join here, or search Facebook for 'Wee Woolly Wonderfuls - community of Woolly friends'. It's an all-inclusive crochet community - we look forward to seeing you. Have fun crocheting! 

 

Want to learn how to Crochet the easy way?

If you want to learn amigurumi crochet, and are looking for a step by step and easy way of doing it, why not check out our Crochet Kits for Beginners? The kits contain everything you need to make your first amigurumi crochet project including step by step video crochet tutorials to take you through the whole process painlessly.  You'll be a crochet addict on no time! 

You'll find the video Tutorials on our YouTube Channel!