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How Do I Crochet: Magic Circle

Have you always wanted to learn how to crochet in the round? Now you can with this super helpful tutorial! Follow this tutorial and stop asking yourself "how do I crochet a magic circle?"

There are several ways to start a round. One of those ways is the magic circle. Follow this tutorial to learn this stitch.

When crocheting in the round, there are several ways to start.
You may chain 4, slip stitch to join and form a ring.
You may chain 3, and make double crochet stitches in the 3rd stitch from the hook
You may begin with the magic circle.
The first two methods will leave a hole in the center of your work.
The ‘Magic Circle’ will allow you to pull the hole closed.

To make the magic circle, first begin in the same manner as usual in crochet.

Make a loop.

Pick up the yarn.

Pull through the first loop.

Pick up the yarn again, to make a chain stitch.

Pull through the loop. (Chain stitch completed.)

Pick up the yarn again to begin a single crochet stitch.

Pull through the loop.

Pick up the yarn again, and finish the single crochet stitch.

Continue to make single crochet stitches in the main loop.

At the end of the round of single crochet stitches, pull on the yarn end to gather the hole closed, and continue with your pattern.

Photo below shows the magic circle finished, with the hole gathered closed.

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Gerry I'm 68 yrs. old. I've been crocheting since I was 19. I heard of the magic circle many yrs ago, but lost the pattern that someone gave me. Thank you for sharing this as It will keep me from leaving big holes in my work.

Gerry I'm 68 yrs old and have been crocheting since I was 19. I at some point remember a magic circle being shown me. BUT! I lost it and just now found it. It's a wonderful thing. Thank you for sharing it. Now i can get rid of the big hole that's left in many patterns.

I have been crocheting for 40 years and this is the first time I have read about the magic circle. Thanks for sharing!

I have been crocheting for years and when I stumbled upon this revelation, I was ecstatic, to say the least. It makes a huge difference. To not see a hole in the top of a hat was a thrill for me.

I use the magic circle all the time for doilies and crochet projects in the round. I dislike starter holes and this method is easy and attractive. It's worth the time and effort to practice and learn it. I can't recommend it enough!

Very easy and fast to learn. Great way to start doilies.


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