Follow these simple steps and master the double magic ring. You will never want to start a project that is crocheted in the round, any other way!
This technique is the most secure way to start your projects in the round and it works for all yarn types, including thread!
I have included a step-by-step photo tutorial and a video tutorial below!
You can use the double magic ring to start any of your projects that are worked in the round, or in spirals, including:
Double Magic Ring Tutorial
When you begin your projects in the round and use the double magic ring, the top of your project will remain strong and secure. The beginning opening (the hole) at the top will be closed tightly and it will not slide back open over time. This technique even works well with slippery fibers and yarns!
Double Magic Ring Photo Tutorial
1. Leave a 4 to 6 inch tail of yarn and then wrap the yarn around your hand (or fingers) twice.
2. You will want to press your thumb on the 2 strands of yarn that you wrapped around your hand, to hold them in place. Insert your hook under the 2 strands of yarn and pull the third strand (the working yarn) of yarn beneath the 2 strands that are held in place by your thumb, to pull up 1 loop.
3. Chain 1.
4. Now we will begin to work our stitches into your double magic ring – so for this example we are going to be working some single crochet stitches. Insert your hook into the center of your double magic ring and under the tail of your yarn. So beneath all 3 strands of yarn.
5. Yarn over the hook and pull that loop beneath all 3 strands of yarn (the yarn tail and the 2 strands from the double magic ring).
6. You now have 2 loops on your hook.
7. Yarn over the hook and pull through both loops on your hook. This completes your first single crochet.
8. Work 7 more single crochets into the double magic ring and around the yarn tail.
9. Now pull the yarn tail to see which strand of the double magic ring moves and in what direction.
10. Once we determine which strand moves and in which direction, we pull that same strand but on the opposite end of the strand. So if the strand moved downwards like in the example below (see the arrows and my finger), we would pull the other end of that same strand (big blue arrow) to tighten and close the first ring of the double magic ring.
11. Pull the end slowly and firmly to close the first ring.
12. To pull the second ring closed, pull the yarn tail.
Double Magic Ring Video Tutorial
Other Options to Begin Your Projects in the Round
If you do not want to use the double magic ring to begin your projects in the round, there are other options you can use instead.
How to Start Projects Worked in the Round:
- chain a specified number of stitches and then slip stitch to the 1st st to join to form a loop (depending on the stitch you will be using, you may need to chain more chains in order for them all to sit flat within the loop you create)
- chain 2 stitches and then work your first round of single crochet stitches into the 2nd chain from the hook
- chain 3 stitches and then work your first round of half double crochet stitches into the 3rd chain from the hook
- chain 4 stitches and then work your first round of double crochet stitches into the 4th chain from the hook
- chain 5 stitches and then work your first round treble crochet stitches into the 5th chain from your hook
- magic ring (adjustable loop, magic adjustable ring, adjustable ring or magic circle) – magic ring photo tutorial
- place a slip knot on your hook and then expand that slip knot into a loop, insert your hook into this loop and begin working your first round of stitches around this preformed ‘ring’