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Magic Circle

Extract from How to Crochet • By Emma Varnam • Published by GMC Publications

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Time
5 mins

How to Crochet
In recent years, with the increasing interest in making amigurumi or crochet toys, the magic-circle (also known as the magic-ring) technique has become popular. This is a neat way of starting a circular piece of crochet while avoiding the unsightly hole that can be left in the centre when you join a ring the normal way. Magic circles are nearly always made with double-crochet stitches, as this creates a tight, dense crochet fabric suitable for toys and amigurumi objects.

Tip
When you first attempt a magic circle it can seem really fiddly, but it is a technique worth practising because when you pull the tail of the yarn tightly you can almost make the centre hole disappear.

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  • How to crochet a magic loop. Magic Circle - Step 1
    Step 1

    Pull a second loop through this first loop.

  • How to crochet a magic loop. Magic Circle - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pull up the loop and slip this loop onto your crochet hook.

  • How to crochet a magic loop. Magic Circle - Step 3
    Step 3

    Before you tighten the ring, yarn over the hook (outside the circle) and pull through to make the first chain.

  • How to crochet a magic loop. Magic Circle - Step 4
    Step 4

    Start by making a basic slip knot. Make a loop of yarn over two fingers.

  • How to crochet a magic loop. Magic Circle - Step 5
    Step 5

    Insert the hook into the ring, yarn over the hook and pull through the ring so there are two loops on the hook.

  • How to crochet a magic loop. Magic Circle - Step 6
    Step 6

    Yarn over the hook again (outside the circle) and pull through both loops.

  • How to crochet a magic loop. Magic Circle - Step 7
    Step 7

    You have made your first double-crochet stitch.

  • How to crochet a magic loop. Magic Circle - Step 8
    Step 8

    Continue to work like this for as many double-crochet stitches as are stated in the pattern instructions.

  • How to crochet a magic loop. Magic Circle - Step 9
    Step 9

    Pull the yarn tail to tighten the ring and then continue working in the round as usual.

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