How to Make a Magic Ring Photo Tutorial

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This tutorial has been updated with additional resources (video tutorials) for the Magic Ring and even more information about how to start your crochet project in the round. Let me help you master this essential crochet skill!

For the purposes of this tutorial I will refer to the Magic Ring but you can use any of these terms interchangeably with it:

  • magic loop,
  • adjustable ring,
  • adjustable loop,
  • adjustable magic loop
  • adjustable magic ring
  • magic adjustable ring

They all ‘mean’ the same thing.

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Magic Ring Photo Tutorial

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Magic Ring Photo Tutorial

There are many different ways to start your crochet projects when they are worked in the round, or in spirals.

You can begin with:

  • chain a specified number of stitches and then slip stitch to the 1st st to join to form a loop
  • chain 2 stitches and then work your first round of stitches into the 2nd chain from the hook
  • magic ring
  • 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’

Each one is effective – although I prefer to use the Magic Ring  (or the slip knot option).

UPDATE: My NEW preferred way to begin projects in the round is with a Double Magic Ring. Intrigued? Watch this video that demonstrates how to make your double magic ring. It truly is the MOST secure way to start your projects that are worked in the round. Check out the full post here.

Here is how I make my Magic Ring:

1. Leave a 6-inch tail of yarn and then wrap the yarn around your hand (or fingers) once. Cross the yarn end over the working yarn (from the ball of yarn).

2.  You will want to put your thumb on the bit that crosses over itself (where the working yarn and yarn end are crossed) to hold the loop in place. I have moved mine out of the way so you can see what I am doing in this image. Insert your hook into the loop you have created (remember your thumb is holding the crossed bit down so it doesn’t move!).

magic ring tutorial 1

3. You will want to make your loop a little bit easier to work with so you can tighten it by holding the crossed strands and then pulling the tail of the yarn slightly. This will close the loop as much (or as little) as you want.

Magic Ring Tutorial 2

4. With your hook still inserted into the loop, yarn over the hook.

5. Pull up 1 loop – remember not to let go of the crossed strands!!

Magic Ring Tutorial 3

6. Chain 1.

7.  Now you will begin to work your stitches into your magic ring – so for this example we are going to be working some single crochet stitches. Insert your hook into the centre of your magic loop and under the tail of your yarn.

8.  Yarn over the hook – see how you are working over the 2 strands – this is correct and this will secure your yarn tail (less things to weave in later!)

Magic Ring Tutorial

9. Pull up 1 loop. You now have 2 loops on your hook.

10. Yarn over the hook.

Magic Ring Tutorial step 9

11. Pull the yarn through both loops on your hook. Single crochet complete.

12. Let’s make another sc stitch in the magic loop. Insert your hook into the magic loop and under the yarn tail.

Magic Loop Tutorial 11 12

13.  Yarn over the hook.

14. Pull up 1 loop. You now have 2 loops on your hook.

Magic Loop Tutorial 13 and 14

15. Yarn over the hook.

16. Pull the yarn through both loops on the hook. Single crochet made.

Magic Ring Tutorial 15 and 16

Now you will repeat the process to create 4 more single crochet stitches in the magic ring. For a total of 6 single crochet stitches. Repeat steps 12-16, 4 more times.

17. Now you can put your work down and take a look – you will see (hopefully) something similar to image 17 below. Take note of your yarn tail and working yarn strands.

18. Hold your work and pull the yarn tail to tighten the ring to close it completely.

Magic Ring Tutorial 17 18

19. You have now finished the first round of your magic ring ! Now depending on the instructions given by the specific Designer you will either need to:

  • slip stitch to join your magic ring before beginning your next round
  • begin your next round in the first stitch of your last round and use a stitch marker to mark your place (this is my preferred method as it eliminates the nasty seam in my projects!)

In this photo example I show you how I worked the first stitch of my 2nd round into the first stitch of my first round. So 1 sc has been worked into the first sc of our project. When I use my stitch markers I always mark my first stitch – so I know when I get to the very end of my round. Some people prefer to mark the last stitch of their rounds instead. This is totally up to you 🙂

Magic Ring Tutorial Final

Another way to mark your place in your rounds is using a running stitch marker – a technique which I learned from my friend Dedri.

You can read about it her post here: How to Crochet in the Round

Watch the Video Tutorial for the Magic Ring here:

Try the Magic Ring with one of these Free Patterns:

20 Free Magical Mandala Patterns(Opens in a new browser tab)

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  1. Thank you so much 🙂 I’m happy to help and relieved my instructions were simple 🙂 Have a lovely week, Rhondda

  2. Other ppl you’ve recommended do a terrible job of explaining – thank you for your great descriptions and pics and keeping it simple!!!

  3. Hi Joanne, yes you can start projects in the round with a slip knot instead if you’d like. Depending on how many stitches are worked into the Magic Ring and the height of the stitches, you may need to add an extra chain or two to make this work but I used to use this methods:

    Option 1: Chain 3 and slip stitch to the first chain. This forms a ring. Then if you are working half double crochet stitches or double crochet stitches, chain 2 (for hdc) or chain 3 (for dc) to begin and work number of stitches indicated in the pattern into the slip stitch ring.

    Option 2: Chain 3 and then work the number of stitches indicated in the pattern into the 3rd chain from the hook. I recommend you leave a substantial tail of yarn for this method because it needs to be worked into the finished project to secure it.

    Have you watched my Double Magic Ring Video? It is about 3 minutes long and I find it the most secure – the extra wrap of yarn tends to make it easier to hold onto and work around too.

    If it doesn’t work for you though you can try one of the other methods 🙂 They do work they may leave a small gap at the top (not quite as tight) and they may work loose a bit quicker (so be sure to weave the yarn end in securely).

    All the best,

  4. You crochet hat pattern looks perfect but I can’t make a magic circle
    I’ve tried many many times
    Is there a way to start this pattern with a slip knot?

    Thanks for any information you can send me

  5. Hi Noreen, No I just worked a hdc right away. You close the Magic Ring with a chain stitch – that secures the magic ring so I went straight into hdc stitches after that. Hope this helps! Rhondda

  6. On your basic beanie 2014/09 hat you suggest doing 8 hdc in loop of tin… how did you start fist hdc? Did you ch 2 to start or what?

  7. At last! Since reading your tutorial on how to use a magic ring I have used it exclusively! Thanks to the magic ring, my crochet work looks nicer, and there is no more trying to stuff 12 sc in a 4 chain loop and winding up with an ugly hole to boot! Thank you, Rhondda!

  8. This is a great tutorial! I’m always scared to do a magic ring to begin projects. Thanks for such a detailed explanation. The numerous photos really help me understand what’s going on better!