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How to Crochet a Magic Circle

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By far, the most common question I get when I publish a new pattern that’s worked in the round is,

“What is a magic circle?”

I’ve been wanting to make this tutorial for a long time, and I’ve finally got it ready for you! A magic circle really is a simple concept. Instead of beginning your patterns-in-the-round with a CH4 (or how ever many the pattern says to chain), you start them with this handy technique that allows you to completely close up that center hole. And it’s not difficult to learn. Take a look!


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  • Jenny Way July 5, 2015, 12:55 am

    Thankyou for that I am only learning and cant wait to try that. Have you got any tips for the tension please I wind the wool around my little finger but I dont know how tight to pull it x

    • Rebecca July 8, 2015, 11:54 am

      Finding the right tension for you is really something that comes with practice 🙂

  • Cynthia Clouser July 5, 2015, 10:55 pm

    Thank You. This is one of the clearest explainations I’ve seen so far.

  • Carol July 7, 2015, 12:30 pm

    Thank you for an excellent training tutorial.

  • Kathy July 9, 2015, 9:49 am

    This is a great video! I have seen others explain this and they do not know how to make the way it begins understandable. Your description of the “x” was perfect!! TFS

  • Robin Summers July 9, 2015, 2:31 pm

    Rebecca, thank you so much for the video. I have always had a hard time with the circle. I still have to research it before I start an in the round project.

  • Cathy July 9, 2015, 5:48 pm

    That may work even better than the way I do it. I generally do all of my stitches into the first chain (knot end) and pull to tighten. It works great as well. But I am sure going to give your method a try – it’s a bit neater. Thanks. CathyJ

  • Mildred Winters July 9, 2015, 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the Magic Circle tutorial. I have tried so many ways to get that open space in the middle to close up with no success. This is great and I will employ these instructions in my next project.

  • Shirley Degan July 12, 2015, 6:42 pm

    I’ve been crocheting for over 60 years and you always come up with some thing that still make,s it fun, easy and interesting ,, Thank You.

  • Lyn September 11, 2015, 3:23 am

    I am left handed and I have tried to make a magic ring a few times and not worked it out but seeing the video I am sure I will be able to make it now

  • jackie September 11, 2015, 7:17 pm

    Really easy to follow

  • Nicole S January 13, 2016, 11:00 am

    Easy, helpful video. Thanks for posting. I am sure I will refer back often! I am looking forward to future videos as well.

  • Loveday Phillips May 25, 2016, 1:29 am

    Hello Rebecca, I’ve just come across your wonderful website and EXCELLENT tutorials – yours was the best one at explaining FDC – the photo clinched it – and how to EASILY do the magic circle. Many thanks from a crochet newbie!!!

  • Marie simons June 18, 2016, 5:33 am

    I would like to join

  • TRUDY HERRMANN August 6, 2016, 3:08 pm

    Hi Rebecca: Have so far made 2 of your Huntley Gift Bags – thank you for this lovely pattern (it is written well and produced exactly as shown). Will make another using 100% cotton only, as that will provide the stability needed around the area of the handles; keep up the good work, and Thank You!!!!!!
    P.S.The picture of you in this blog shows you wearing an interesting cowl – is that pattern available to your fans?

  • Mary September 10, 2016, 9:50 am

    Hi Rebbeca,
    I am a newbie crocheter and am just getting into making little beanie hats for my 2 month old granddaughter. I never could figure out how to do the Magic Ring even after watching other video tutorials. However after watching your tutorial, I now understand how to do it. Thank you for your excellent instructions and also for posting patterns for different sizes as I can now make hats for my older granddaughters.

  • Sandi Sunflower October 29, 2016, 5:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve always wanted to learn an easier way to start a crochet in the round. This makes me excited because I’ve never had anyone to actually SHOW me how it is supposed to be done. I’ve only ever seen the finished product. Now I have another something to add to my crochet stitching-starting repertoire. Thank you again for such a cool easy to follow crochet in the round tutorial!!! You are fabulous!

    Lady Basile

  • Betty Stasny September 23, 2017, 3:45 pm

    Thank you so much for explaining the magic circle, NOW, I think I can do it.

  • Alice Tinney October 15, 2017, 7:16 pm

    Thank you for teaching the magic circle. I look forward to making a lot of crochet for my new grandson.

  • Jill Burk October 26, 2017, 12:14 am

    This was a very nice, clear explanation…thank you!

  • Connie Riley October 30, 2017, 12:42 am

    Could you do this Malia Slouch or Beanie in a #5 Bulky yarn such as Charisma or will this totally throw off pattern for sizing & everything?

    Also what would you recommend as the very softest yarn you’ve used without wool?

    • Rebecca October 30, 2017, 9:21 pm

      The hat would definitely turn out huge with a bulky weight yarn. As far as soft non-wools… I’d probably go with I Love This Yarn (Hobby Lobby) or some type of alpaca.

  • Constance October 30, 2017, 11:11 pm

    Thank you for your advice ??

  • June Phillips December 5, 2017, 1:42 pm

    Thanks for the starting circle demo. They help a lot.

  • Chris Windham December 7, 2017, 11:36 am

    Thank you so much enjoyed this so easy to follow your instructions. I would like to know if this pattern is in a new born to toddler size.
    Thanks Chris

  • hwmendoza May 7, 2018, 7:14 pm

    Your demo/instructions was the easiest to follow compared to others I’ve viewed. Much thank you.

  • hwmendoza May 7, 2018, 7:16 pm

    your demo/instructions….”the best” compared to others I’ve viewed.
    So easy and clearly demonstrated. Thank you.

  • Jan Freeman August 31, 2018, 5:42 pm

    Thank you for the free baby beanie pattern and the tutorial on how to make a “magic circle.” I have just begun to crochet and you make it look really simple. I am anxious to try it out.
    Thanks, Jan

  • Anne Austin October 16, 2018, 11:35 pm

    Hi, I am trying to look at this from a left handed persons perspective but I just cant seem to get it to work. Can you help 🙂