How to crochet the magic ring / adjustable loop

The magic ring (also known as the adjustable loop or magic circle) is one of those “crochet moves” that if you’ve mastered it, you probably use it all the time. But if you haven’t, it can seem really fiddly and intimidating. The magic ring really is a wonderful little thing and it is absolutely essential for crocheting in the round and crocheting amigurumi. So I’m going to show you how to crochet the magic ring!

Why do you need to know how to do the magic ring? Why can’t you use a slip knot, or a series of chains formed into a loop and just work your crochet stitches directly into that? If you use those methods, you’ll end up with a hole in the centre of your work. If you are making granny squares, that’s not a problem. But if you are making a soft toy that needs to be stuffed, you really don’t want a hole where all the stuffing will poke through. The beauty of the magic ring is that you can work as many or as few stitches as you like into the ring and still cinch the ring completely closed.

HOW TO CROCHET THE MAGIC RING

The magic ring is worked in two stages. First, the foundation ring / loop, followed by whatever stitches your pattern calls for. There are lots of different ways to do the magic ring, but I find this the most comfortable as you can easily adjust the tension of your yarn to match your crochet style.

STEP 1: Loop the end of your yarn over the back of your forefinger

How to crochet the adjustable loop

STEP 2: Wrap the loose end around your finger to form an open loop. I like to hold the leading thread (i.e. not the loose end) with my other fingers so that the loop remains snug around my forefinger. If it’s too loose it might slip off.

How to crochet the magic loop

How to crochet the magic loop

STEP 3: Insert your hook under the loop on your finger and pull the leading yarn through

How to crochet the magic loop

How to crochet the magic loop

Crocheting the magic loop

Crochet the magic loop

STEP 4: Yarn over and pull the yarn through the loop on your hook. Congratulations! You have made a magic ring! You are now ready to work any stitches into the ring. Once you have completed the set of stitches into the ring, pull the loose end to cinch your magic ring together.

crochet the adjustable ring

Crochet the magic adjustable ring

As I said, there are lots of methods for how to crochet the magic ring. I like to loop my yarn over my finger so that I have good control of it (I find my stitches tend to slip all over the place otherwise). However, if you find it too fiddly holding all the bits of yarn as I’ve shown in the pictures above, then simply lay your yarn flat and follow the same set of instructions for the placement of your yarn. Don’t worry if it all seems a bit floppy – you can tighten the ring at any time simply by pulling on the yarn tail. That’s the beauty of the magic ring!

Ready to put your new skills to the test? Here are some free patterns for you to try out.

Bunny ears egg cosy
Carrot top egg cosy
Christmas wreath decoration
Crochet toy basket

Yours in craft,

Caitie x

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