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 friend 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.

Let me know in the comments below if you like this Magic Circle technique.

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 mostly likely connected to a ball or skein of yarn is called you working yarn.

Video Tutorial

Magic Circle Tutorial (Single Crochet)

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

magic circle tutorial

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

Magic Circle tutorial

Treat that circle like a stitch and insert you 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 you 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 you 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 if you share your thoughts in the comments below. Check out more of my tutorials while you are here.

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34 Comments

  1. Marcia Peterson

    January 31, 2019 at 1:46 am

    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.

  2. Eva

    January 31, 2019 at 1:54 am

    This is amazing! It reminds me of the long-tail cast-on in knitting. Thank you so much!!!

  3. Cynthia S

    January 31, 2019 at 10:08 am

    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!

    1. Lindsey

      February 1, 2019 at 3:57 am

      The group has been so valuable to me. I do plan to make a video this weekend, especially to make it easier for the left handers.

  4. Debby T

    January 31, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    I’m loving this…I like to pull my circles tight and this way seems to hold the shape better. Thanks!

  5. Jess

    January 31, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    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!

  6. Ellen

    February 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Certainly an easy way to make one. I might even remember it , it’s so easy.

  7. Marilyn Bradel

    February 1, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    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.

  8. Tracy King

    February 1, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    This does look a lot easier! Thank you ?

  9. Christine Woodall

    February 1, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    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.

  10. Kate

    February 1, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    This is brilliant – thank you so much!!

  11. Evelyn O.

    February 1, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    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!

  12. Kim Carey

    February 1, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks so much…I have mastered the magic circle. Your method is much easier. Thanks again❤❤❤❤❤

  13. Shirley

    February 1, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    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.

  14. Diana

    February 1, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    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.

  15. Sue

    February 1, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    So much easier! I make quite a lot of amigurumi, and this will help a lot, thank you so much!

  16. Gail

    February 2, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Thank you for sharing your magic circle. I understand your explanation and pictures!

  17. TERRY

    February 2, 2019 at 5:13 am

    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.

  18. Leana

    February 2, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you so much for the explanation !! It’s super easy the way you explained , I love it
    Have a blessing day !!

  19. Beverly

    February 4, 2019 at 1:26 am

    I’ve always done it your way.

    1. Lindsey

      February 4, 2019 at 3:11 am

      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.

  20. Connie

    February 5, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    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! ❤❤❤

  21. zofia szabo

    February 6, 2019 at 8:47 am

    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 🙂

  22. Ellen C Williams

    February 13, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    It is much easier this way. Thank you for sharing it.

  23. Brenda J Meck

    February 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    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!!!

  24. Kimberly Mason

    March 4, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Thank you. I have used the magic circle many times. Your method is a nice alternative.

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