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How to make a magic loop?

A magic loop, also known as a magic ring, magic circle, adjustable ring, or adjustable loop, stands as the preferred method for initiating round crochet projects. Its allure lies in the absence of a hole in the resulting piece.

Nevertheless, mastering the magic loop can be challenging, so if you encounter significant difficulties, you have the option to commence a round piece with a chain instead.

HOW TO CROCHET AN INCREASE STITCH (STEP-BY-STEP WITH PHOTOS)

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

1. Rotate your left palm to face you. Grasp the yarn tail with your right hand and position the yarn in front of your left palm.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

2. Encircle the working yarn around your pinky once, ensuring that the yarn tail concludes behind your hand.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

3. Elevate the yarn tail along the back of your hand until you can drape it over your pointer finger.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

4. Encircle it once around your pointer finger, creating a cross in front of your finger.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

5. Secure the intersection with your left thumb and gently slide the loop off your finger using your right hand.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

6. Insert the crochet hook through the center of the loop, moving from the front to the back.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

7. Rotate the crochet hook, positioning the tip away from you, and grasp the working yarn.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

8. Draw the working yarn back through the loop by pulling, while rotating the hook to bring the tip facing you again, forming a loop. If additional tension in the working yarn is required, shift your middle finger away from you.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

9. Complete the stitching of the magic ring

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

10. The crochet is in front of the work yarn

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

11. Yarn over. Draw the yarn through the loop on the hook. There should be a single loop remaining on the hook.

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In step 10, you have just created a chain stitch. This does not qualify as a single crochet in the magic loop.

If you can release the magic loop without anything unraveling, you have executed it correctly. Huzzah!

SINGLE CROCHET IN A MAGIC RING (STEP-BY-STEP WITH PHOTOS)

Now that you have a secure magic loop, feel free to adjust your grip to your usual yarn-holding position.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

1. Using your left hand, grasp both the left and right sides of the magic loop along with the yarn tail. Ensure the yarn tail remains on the left side of the magic loop.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

2. Insert the crochet hook through the center of the loop, moving from the front to the back. The hook should appear positioned beneath the left side of the loop and the yarn tail.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

3. Yarn over. Draw the yarn back through the loop, passing under both the left side of the loop and the yarn tail, to create a loop.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

4. There should be two loops present on the hook.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

5. Yarn over. Pull through both loops on the hook. There should be a single loop remaining on the hook. This concludes one single crochet.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

6. Complete the first SC of the magic ring

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

7. Repeat steps 2–5 until you have achieved the required number of single crochet stitches as per the pattern.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

8. Once finished, place the crochet hook down. Using your right hand, grasp the top loops of the recently crafted stitches. With your left hand, pull on the yarn tail until the magic loop vanishes.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LOOP

9. To initiate the next round, position the hook beneath the top loops of the stitch to the left.

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Facilitate locating the first stitch of the magic loop later by promptly placing a stitch marker beneath the top loops of this initial stitch as you create it.

Still have questions?

What’s a magic loop in crochet?

A magic loop in crochet, alternatively referred to as a magic circle or magic ring, serves as a technique for generating a small, customizable loop of yarn, serving as an alternative to the traditional chain loop. The magic loop is a favored method for commencing amigurumi projects, as it is the sole approach to initiate a round piece while ensuring the absence of any hole.

Can you start a magic loop in double crochet?

Certainly, you have the option to initiate a magic loop and incorporate double crochet stitches into it. Begin by forming a loop around your fingers in the usual manner. Once you've created a circle, instead of chaining 1 as you would in a single crochet magic circle, chain 3. This chain-3 serves as your initial double crochet. Following this, proceed to double crochet into the circle until you achieve the desired stitch count.

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