Sunday, February 26, 2012

Magic Circle Tutorial

Magic circle is one way of starting to crochet in round.
Its advantage is in smaller hole in the middle of your crochet item. Here's a quick tutorial:

Magic circle is not as scary and intimidating as some may think. In fact, this picture below is a magic circle:
Easy, right? There are plenty of tutorials out there for making a magic circle, but my way is a bit different, as hands confuse me :) And pictures of hands holding yarn confuse me as well. When I start my magic circle, I start by laying my yarn out on a table, remembering that short tail goes under the long yarn.

Insert hook into the loop.
Wrap the long tail around the hook.
Pull the loop through.
Wrap the long tail around the hook.
Pull the yarn through the loop you have on the hook.
Now you have your first chain and a magic loop ready to crochet into. The arrow points into the magic loop :)
Make 6 single crochet stitches into the magic loop:
Pull the short yarn tail, and this is where the magic happens, as the loop disappears!
Finish by joining the first round with a slip stitch:
Customize your magic loop by making more single crochet stitches into the magic loop, or making chain 3 and crocheting double crochet stitches into the magic loop.

Another way to start crocheting in circle is to simply make a starting chain (of 2, 3, or more) and make a certain amount of single crochet stitches (half double crochet stitches, double crochet stitches, etc) into the very first chain, as you can see on these few pictures below:

1 comment:

  1. Thanks. This does make more sense without the hands.