How to crochet a Magic Circle

Published

September 11, 2020

Updated

January 2, 2024

Can't Crochet A Magic Circle?
Learn How To Crochet A Magic Circle Now!

Crocheting a Magic Circle (also referred to as a Magic Ring or Magic Loop), is much simpler than it seems to be at first. With a simple mind shift, you'll be able to do it in a snap!

The easiest way to think about it is that you're making a slip knot, but you're not pulling it closed right away (as you would if you were starting to crochet a chain).

Once you've created your unfinished slip knot, you hold that circle with your fingers and chain one to set it in place.

Once you've done that, you can crochet as many stitches as your pattern requires into that circle you just created.

When you begin crocheting your round project this way, and finish crocheting the number of stitches you need for Round 1, you'll be able to pull the loop tight so that you don't have a gap in the center of your project

If you're just starting out with crochet, you might want to check out these beginner tutorials first. Learn the Single Crochet Stitch, then the Double Crochet Stitch.

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Sometimes, YouTube can feel like a wilderness you're navigating without a compass!

There are literally thousands of YouTube videos out there! But how do you choose the best ones without actually watching them all? ... sometimes only to find out they're not quite what you expected!

To save you time, I've put together a handy guide you can use to filter out some of the best crochet YouTube video tutorials on how to crochet a Magic Circle.


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The Woobles Crochet Kits for Beginners

Are you just learning how to crochet? Have a look at these best-seller crochet kits that are perfect for beginners! And guess what! The Magic Circle is pre-made for you!!!
I wrote a first-hand review so you can check out the pros & cons before buying.

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What is a Magic circle or Magic Ring?

A magic circle (sometimes called magic ring, magic loop or adjustable circle) is a type of adjustable loop for starting to crochet in the round.

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How do you crochet a Magic Circle/Magic Ring for Beginners?

The best way to learn a new stitch is to watch someone else do it slowly and clearly in front of you.

If you don't have someone to teach you in person, YouTube videos are the next best deal.

So what makes YouTube crochet tutorials so great? You can watch the videos, repeat them several times or even slow them down as you try out the stitches for yourself.

Many beginner crocheters get frustrated when trying to figure out new stitches.  This is absolutely normal and it's important to understand that his happens to just about everyone.

The only thing that will make you advance with your crocheting skills is to just keep trying, have patience and practice, practice, practice.

If you feel you're getting too frustrated, just put down your work and come back to it later when you feel like trying again.

Once you 'get it', it'll come naturally to you and you'll be well on your way to crocheting the most amazing projects for yourself or to give as gifts to your loved ones.

You'll find it so much fun and will enjoy it immensely!


The Best YouTube Video Tutorials On How To Crochet A Magic Circle/Magic Ring

To conquer the magic circle, keep your frustration level down to a minimum and to save you a ton of time searching and navigating through YouTube to find video tutorials that are clear enough, concise enough and go straight to the point without too much chatter, I've put together a list of the top tutorials that teach you how to make a magic circle/magic ring.

The list is in alphabetical order to be fair.

If you have suggestions of great channels to add to the directory, then please suggest them in the comments below.

And before you start watching, here's a quick tip for you:


Crochet Magic Circle Tutorials in Slow Motion

If the tutorial you are watching is going too fast for you, you can slow down the video by clicking on the configuration button, you'll see a "speed" option. Click on the arrow and you'll see a few options. Choose a lower number than one and the video will slow down in speed.

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#1

5/5

This video by Justine T. from The Woobles is perfect if you're a complete beginner at crochet.


Time/Duration: 10.05

Terms: US

Right & Left Handed

Background Music: No

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#2

5/5

Bella Coco: How To Crochet A Magic Circle

You can't go wrong with Bella Jayne's tutorial of how to make a magic circle.  Her video is clear and concise, slow moving with great explanation.


Time/Duration: 3:44

Terms: UK

Right Handed

Background Music: No

#3

5/5

Blossom Crochet: Absolute Beginner Crochet Series - Magic Circle

This video also shows very clearly and slowly how to make a magic circle, although it assumes you know how to make a single crochet stitch (US)/double crochet stitch.  So if you know how to make these basic crochet stitches, then this tutorial is for you!

Time/Duration: 5:30

Terms: UK

Right Handed 

Background Music: No

#4

5/5

Fiber Flux: Magic Ring / Magic Circle

Jennifer from Fiber Flux is a superb teacher! She patiently goes through the steps required to make a magic circle and you'll find you've mastered this technique in no time at all.


Time/Duration: 6:44

Terms: US

Right Handed

Background Music: No

#5

5/5

MJ Carlos: Magic Ring Tutorial

MJ Carlos shows 2 different methods to create a crochet magic circle. The instructional video is easy to follow, perfect for beginners.


Time/Duration: 6:14

Terms: US

Right Handed

Background Music: Yes

#6

5/5

Planet June: Magic Ring For Crochet (Left Handed)

June's tutorial offers clear visual and verbal instruction. This video is also NOT intended to be the first tutorial for a new crocheter; it assumes you already know how to make single crochet stitches.


Time/Duration: 3:24

Terms: US

Left Handed

Background Music: No

So now that you've figured out this neat little way of starting your crochet projects in the round without having a gap in the middle, you're ready to start crocheting some lovely gifts to give away to your loved ones!

Give these easy crochet Worry Worms a try to perfect your Magic Circle technique.

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Try one of the suggestions below, or choose a pattern for baby hats in this blog post.

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Have you started several crochet projects and are worried you won't remember your hook size, the yarn you used or which pattern you were following? Download this Free Crochet Project Tracker and keep it in your projects folder.

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Keep track of your crochet projects with these printable sheets.

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Crochet Items You Can Crochet In The Round

So now that you know how to start your round projects with a magic circle, you're ready to learn how to crochet a circle. To keep your circle flat, you'll need to follow this formula below for increasing the number of stitches to get the perfect flat circle. 

Crochet-Circle-Pattern-Stitch-Count-Formula

Once you get a hang of crocheting in the round, you can start making all of these lovely projects:

The Woobles Crochet Kits

The easiest way to start with Amigurumi (crocheted toys) is by starting with a pre-packaged crochet kit from the Woobles.

These crochet kits are specially designed for beginner crocheters and have everything you need to crochet a plushie for the very first time.

Each plushie pattern comes with all the tools you need and a video tutorial to walk you through the exact steps. 

Choose your favorite plushie and put in your oder today!

If you want to know more about The Woobles Crochet Kits, I wrote up a personal review on them that will hopefully answer all your questions.

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Need Some Inspiration?

 Here are a couple of beginner crochet projects that start with magic circles/rings/loops and are worked in the round.

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Want to Simplify Your Crochet Experience?

I've designed many printables you can download for FREE that'll help you with your crocheting. You'll find simple sizing templates, project trackers, free gift tags, crochet terms explained and much more. Head on over to the Start Crochet's Printables Page and download what you need. 

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Well, I hope you're able to start crocheting in the round using the Magic Circle now! But no worries if you haven't got a hang of it just yet!! There are several other methods to start working in the round. You can have a look at these here in this blog post:

Why Bother With A Magic CIrcle? How-To-Crochet-A-Baby-Hat-WITHOUT-A-Magic-Circle-Start-Croche

Want To Improve Your Crochet Skills Fast?

The best way to start crocheting all the beautiful items you're seeing on Pinterest with minimal frustration, is to take crochet courses given by professionals. They explain in step-by-step detail everything you need to know and there are hundreds of excellent classes to choose from.

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So there you have it!! You'll surely feel really proud of yourself having finally figured out the Crochet Magic Circle!!

Now go ahead and start your first project in the round (without having an ugly hole right at the start of your project!) 🙂

Happy crocheting!

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