Ahhhh the Magic Circle. Once you try it, you’ll never go back to chaining and joining again. The Magic Circle helps to keep your starting circle tighter, more secure and it gives an overall professional look when working in the round. And it just might change your life forever. Or at least make it easier.
The Magic Circle is similar to a slip knot, except that you chain an extra chain stitch after pulling through.
How to Make a Magic Circle for Crocheting in the Round
To start, you’ll hold your yarn with your working hand and wrap over your index and middle fingers, forming an X. Take your hook and go under the first section of yarn to hook the second, and pull up a loop. Then make a chain and you’re all set to go! Yes, it really is that easy.
I do like to take the finished project and tighten up the circle a bit more by pulling it tight. Then I start a knot and insert my yarn needle so that I can work that knot as far down as possible (toward the finished piece). This helps to ensure that the circle does not come undone. Then, I weave the ends in to that first row in the pattern.
Watch the video below to get a grasp on this technique, and give it a go a few times. Before you know it you’ll be whipping out Magic Circles left and right, and you’ll love the end result, promise!
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