how to make a magic circle: crochet tutorial

 
crochet tutorial: how to make a magic circle - darling be brave
 

Back to basics my friends.  Let's learn how to make a magic circle!  They are seriously so easy and useful.

It's called a magic circle because when you are crocheting in the round, you can put all your stitches into an adjustable loop with a cute little tail that you can pull on, tightening the loop and ultimately leaving little to no hole in the center of your work.  I use magic circles with every basket I make, coasters, my little crochet stars, and so much more.

If you've always wanted to learn how to make one, today's the day!  They are super fun and I'm a big fan of anything magical so let's do this.

 

Okay all you need is:

your yarn

your crochet hook

& your two beautiful hands

 

Take the yarn in your left hand like so with the end of the tail toward your pinky and the part still attached to the skein toward your thumb.

 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darlingbebrave
 

Grab the tail with your pinky and ring finger while keeping your other two fingers somewhat pointed.

 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darlingbebrave
 

Grab the section of yarn that's attached to the skein in your right hand and wrap it across your two pointed fingers.

 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darlingbebrave
 

Hold the newly wrapped yarn with your thumb. 

 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darling be brave
 

Then grab your crochet hook and place it under the loops and grab ahold of the yarn that's being held by your thumb and pull it under the other strand.

 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darling be brave
 
 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darling be brave
 
 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darling be brave
 

And that's it.  Taa daa!  Congrautlations!  You've just made a magic circle!

 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darling be brave
 

See I told you it was easy. 

Go ahead and show all your friends how cool you are.

 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darling be brave
 

So now that you've got your magic circle, whenever you are working on a project, just grab ahold of that loop and crochet inside that circle for whatever your project calls for.  When you are finished and ready to join to the beginning stitch just pull on the tail and tighten the loop.

 

Just to show you what I mean, I chained two and crochet eight half double crochets in the center.  Then before I slipped stitched into my beginning half double crochet, I tightened the string a bit and watched the circle shrink!!

 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darling be brave
 
 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darling be brave
 

Then I slip stitched and tightened a little more and man that's a nice circle.

 
magic circle crochet tutorial - darling be brave
 

 

Hope you guys found this little tutorial helpful!  If there's any other tutorials you'd like me to make, go ahead and let me know in the comments.

xoxo

 
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