Magic Circle Tutorial: A New Method

This Crochet Magic Circle Tutorial will show you a different way to make a Magic Circle. The Magic Circle or Magic Ring technique is a very useful skill to know. It can be used to in place of crocheting into a chain and will result in a closed ring at the bottom of your work.

The Magic Circle is often used to begin Amigurumi and other crochet stuffed animals. I use this technique in my Quick and Easy Bowl Cozies, Easter Egg Cozies, Sturdy Bottom Basket, and the On-The-Go Bottle Carrier.

One day I was talking with some friends in the Our Crochet Journey Facebook Group and they were telling me that just never understood how to make a Magic circle. This confused me because the technique was so easy.

I hunted down some Youtube Videos to see what the matter was, and I discovered I have a  different method when making the Magic Circle. So I am going to show you how I do it. This  Magic Circle Tutorial is different than the common technique but hopefully, you will find it easier.

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The Traditional Magic Circle

The traditional way or common way to make a magic circle is to wrap the yarn in a spiral then use your hook to grab a certain thread, pull it up and make a slip stitch, then chain and work into the magic circle. Once you work your first row you pull your tail end and it pulls the center of the circle tight.

You do not make a slip knot in this method.

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The Alternative Magic Circle (New Method)

I am not sure where I learned to make a magic circle, but the photos below show how I have always made a magic circle and I find this way very easy. The main difference between this method and the common method is that I start with a slip knot and with the yarn on my hook.

For this Magic Circle Tutorial you will need to know the difference between the yarn tail and your working yarn. When you make a slip knot you will have yarn on each side of the slip knot.

The shorter side is the yarn tail. The longer side that is most likely connected to a ball or skein of yarn is called your working yarn.

Video Tutorial

Magic Circle Tutorial (Single Crochet)

Start the Magic Circle by making a slip knot and putting it on your hook.

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Take your yarn tail and make a circle like the photo below.

Magic Circle tutorial

Treat that circle like a stitch and insert your hook into it. You want to make sure your hook goes under two strands of yarn.

Magic Circle tutorial

Yarn over your hook and pull a loop back through your circle.

Magic Circle tutorial

Yarn over once more and pull it through the two loops on the hook. This completes our first Single Crochet.

Magic Circle tutorial

Work 5 more Single Crochets exactly the same way. (Or however many single crochets your pattern calls for.) Once all the Single Crochets are complete, pull on the yarn tail and it will tighten up the Magic Circle leaving you with little to no gap in the center of you Single Crochet.

Magic Circle tutorial

From here you can either slip stitch to the first Single crochet or continue working in the round. This will depend on your pattern.

Magic Circle Tutorial for Half Double and Double Crochet

The Half Double Crochet and the Double Crochet Magic Circle are worked the same. For most Half Double Crochet patterns you will start with 9 Half Double Crochet in the first row and 12 stitches in the first row when using Double Crochet.

The only difference between this and the tutorial above is that you will Chain 2 before working into the circle.

Make a slip knot and put it on your hook. Chain 2, make a circle with the yarn tail.

Magic Circle tutorial

Yarn over, insert your hook in the circle, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over once more and pull that loop through all other loops on the hook. Your first Half Double Crochet it made.

Magic Circle tutorial

Work a total of 9 Half Double Crochet into the Circle. (Or as many as your pattern calls for.)

Magic Circle tutorial

Pull the yarn tail until your circle is closed tight. Slip stitch to the first Half Double crochet or follow your pattern as directed.

Magic Circle tutorial

For a Double Crochet circle, you will Chain 2 at the beginning just like the Half Double Crochet Magic Circle Tutorial. You will just work 12 Double Crochet into the circle instead of the 9 Half Double Crochet.

And that is it. That is my technique for making the Magic Circle. I have been doing it this way since I first learned to crochet.

Did you like this new way to make a magic circle? Was it easier or harder than the other way? I would love it if you share your thoughts in the comments below. Check out more of my tutorials while you are here.

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121 thoughts on “Magic Circle Tutorial: A New Method”

  1. Never saw it done this way before, but I’ll give it a try next time I need to make a magic circle. Looks easy enough.

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  2. It took me a long time to finally find a YouTube video that I could follow, and finally understand just how to make the magic circle (ring). Your way is so much easier, plus I learned just what it is I am doing when I make the magic circle. I finally figured it out, but I sure wish I had your explanation back then! Proof that your method is easier, you can explain how to make the magic circle, and the reader can follow you. You can’t explain how to make the magic circle, without the aide of a video, using the other method.
    I love your group too! Thanks for taking such an active role in it!

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  3. This looks so much easier, and how I kept trying to do the magic circle (but the tutorial pictures confuzzled me, so I gave up). Thank you!

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  4. I love this. It is so easy and simple. Thanks for explaining it so clearly. I always got confused with the other method. I’ll do it like this from now on.

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  5. Like this way better as starts with the slip knot which helps secure the end as well. I always start with a slip knot except in changing yarns in c2c.

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  6. This is a new way for me so I’m definitely going to give it a try. I always have to watch a magic circle video to get started but this way looks much easier and I think I’ll be able to remember it!! Thanks for sharing and for all your tips and patterns. Appreciate you!

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  7. This is how I also make mine except I wrap the yarn around my two left hand fingers to make the loop and then I insert and pull the yarn through and proceed like you.

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  8. Wow I love your method so easy. It took me ages to get my head around the magic circle utube method. This is a breeze. Cheers.
    Thanks for sharing. Happing crocheting.

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  9. THANK YOU I WILL GIVE IT A TRY BECAUSE EVERY TIME I GO TO MAKE A MAGIC CIRCLE I START WITH A SLIP KNOT I HAVE TO PULL IT OUT ANS START ALL OVER TO WRAP IT AROUND MY FINGERS AND THEN I HAVE TROUBLE GETTING IT RIGHT. YOUR WAY SEEMS A LOT EASIER, THEREFORE THANK YOU.

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    • Great minds think alike. I thought this was the common way to do it, then I started watching video tutorials and found out that I was wrong. So I thought I would share this way since I find it easier.

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  10. This has changed my crocheting life! I have always had to watch a video each time I had to make a magic circle… You are a genius! ❤❤❤

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  11. omg thank you so much i have been struggling with the magic circle so proud of myself i did it your way and it was so much easier,i cant thank you enough 🙂

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  12. Your Magic Circle method is so much easier with same result. After viewing tons of You Tube videos, I will be using your method. Not sure why viewed videos made this more difficult than necessary ;( Thank you!!!

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  13. I have tried everything until your way saved my life. I now know how to do this skill. Magic ! Well now I know I am not crazy. Thank you. I have vision problems, but my craft keeps me going. Bless you. I am 73 but not in body, just need to learn new things.

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  14. You have no idea how many Magic Circle videos I’ve watched, trying to find the easiest one for me. I’ve been semi-successful (sometimes) lol, and can’t wait to try your method! It looks easier to me! I taught myself to crochet quite a while ago using thread and tiny steel crochet hooks. No one used a Magic Circle back then as we all crocheted with thread. Good thing my eyes were so sharp back then and that I was so very determined to learn to crochet (doilies)! Thank you so much for sharing your Magic Circle method with us. It’s really unique!

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    • I think you will like this method. I too like to find the easiest way to do something. When I find an easy way to do something you can trust that I will share it!

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  15. Absolutely love your Magic circle video..So much easier to do than any other I have tried. Thank you so much for sharing😀

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  16. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this easy way to crochet a magic circle. I’ve tried over and over again to do it the other way and I just can’t manage to do it. I did it your way on my first try. 🤗

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  17. I always appreciate new ways of learning a technique, but still find that just wrapping the yarn around my first two fingers and then working my stitches into that loop is easier, for me at least. Keep them coming though, they are much appreciated.

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    • If the original method works for you that is great. I just thought I would share my version for the people who get confused by how to make the slipknot by looping the yarn around their fingers.

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  18. Wow, I could never get my circles to close. Now I can! Thanks so much for this simple and clear explanation. What happens to the tail end? I’m concerned that if I cut it too short, it will come undone. Do I just keep crocheting over it until it disappears?

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  19. Hi Kathie. I love your method for making the Magic Circle. I have a question. I would like to know if the pattern states “chain 4 and slip stitch to form a ring” which stitch do I use in your method? I have several patterns that call for this method. Thank you. I have joined your group and I look forward to making many of your designs.

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    • If it says Chain 4 then slip stitch to create a ring. You will need to look at Row 1 of your pattern to see if they are using Single Crochet, Half double crochet or double crochet. What ever they are using in row one is what you will follow for the magic ring.

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  20. Thank you for the tutorial. I have been making the magic circle the other way with difficulty each time. Your way does seem to be much easier. I will try it. Does it matter whether the tail is over the circle or under the circle. I see it both ways in your tutorial. Thank You.

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing your method! Every time I’ve started a pattern with a magic circle I’d find myself staring at YouTube for an hour trying to figure out just what was so dang magical about this pain of a crochet circle! Your method makes sense in my head. Now when I need to make a magic circle I can just proceed without first spending a frustrating hour with YouTube! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Now this makes a lot more sense. I got it the first time. Thank you so much. I know longer am stressed out when I need to make a magic circle.

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  23. I love your method but still have trouble with the loop loosening and the circle getting bigger as I work on my project!! Do you secure it somehow to keep it from becoming a large circle?

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    • When you are done with the project, or once you are a few rows in, you can weave in your starting tail. I will weave it one way, then back the other way, then back the first way. This three way weave never seems to fail me.

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  24. Geesh! When you got it, you got it!! This way is so simple and easy to understand (finally!). Thanks so much for taking the time to show us how to make this “simple” thing. Goes to show that when you are well taught, it’s so much easier to learn! I’m glad you don’t assume that all of us know each tiny step to some patterns. Things like this, etc. are wonderful and us old-timers can use a few new tricks to learn as well! Bravo!! An angel halo to you and some wings to match!! You deserve them both!

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  25. Thank you so so much! I have struggled with this for years. Now I have a beautiful circle to work with. I want to cry with happiness.

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  26. Thank you so much it does seem to be sooooo much easier and I saved it to Pinterest so a lot of people can see it and spread it all around n give u the credit u so deserve.
    Thanks
    Merry

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  27. When I first saw the magic ring I tried it, found it wasn’t too successful, so adapted it to suit myself. Guess what……..it’s the same way you do it! Great mind and all that!
    Just as a matter of interest, have you ever seen how to decrease without leaving holes? If not, check out the Wee Bee doll.

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    • Yes, I never watched a video on how to make the magic circle. I thought I was doing it the same way until recently. I just did it the way that made sense to me. Great minds do think alike.

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  28. Beginning again with crochet and rheumatoid arthritis. The other version is not possible for me. This way makes sense and I can start my own projects instead of waiting for help. now if someone could come up with a way to make crocheting in a chain a little easier I would be extremely happy. Thank you you can get the money anyway

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  29. This is basically what I do except I make the circle with both the tail and the working yarn because that was all I could figure out from the original magic ring! 😄I will try this way next time and see if I like it better, thank you!

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  30. Thank you for sharing this. There are several crocheters that come into our yarn shop that struggle with the traditional magic circle technique. I will refer them to your video & blog. One question… Does it matter if the tail crosses over or under the working yarn when you make the circle? I noticed in your photos it is shown both ways.

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  31. Thank you for the tutorial. I have been doing my circle a little differently but your’s is much easier.
    I will start using your method from now on.

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  32. WOW, I DID IT!!! I have never been able to do the magic circle the other way. I am so so thankful for your help, I can’t believe how easy you make it. Best gift ever. Bless you.

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  33. I 💖this method. I’ve been getting so frustrated with the other method. I am so klutzy I just haven’t done a good job. Many thanks for breaking it down to something that I can handle.

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  34. Thank you for sharing this method. I have tried and tried the other way and failed. I tried your way and was able to do it the first time. Now I can work on projects that need a six-stitch magic circle.

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  35. Wish I could print this photo tutorial out. I’m a very visual senior with limited internet and a print copy would be awesome!

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    • The best way to do it would be to just print the website, BUT when you print you have the option to just print certain pages. So I would just print the pages with the photo tutorial.

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  36. I think I do it like you. I had noticed that the regular way of doing it felt “off” to me, so I adjusted. Glad to know O am not a weirdo. 😂

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    • Great minds think alike! Basically all the stuff at the beginning of the other version is just making a slipknot around the loops but it is a bit hard to understand for some people. So we just make a slip knot then make a loop.

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  37. Thank You SO much for this! I’ve never really liked doing magic circles. It was awkward and they looked kind of wonky. I’ll be using your method from now on. I appreciate the time you took to do the video.

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  38. I have 2 questions for you.
    1. Can you please make the beautiful planner in the personal tn size 3.75 x 6.75, please?
    2. How can I get this in printable form?

    Kind Regards,
    Bobbie

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    • The printable journal is available to newsletter subscribers. The pages are roughly 5.5 by 4.25 but they have margins on the edges and can be trimmed down. You will just have to print a page and see if it works for you.

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  39. Wow….
    Thank You So Very Much Lindsey….
    I’m so happy I came across your Pinterest page.. Your tutorial is the easiest/best one in showing us how to make one…

    Greatly Appreciated,
    Alaskan Crocheter

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