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How to Crochet Magic Ring The EASIEST Way [Video Tutorials]

If you want to learn crocheting in the round, mastering the crochet magic ring is a must! Whether you’re an amigurumi enthusiast or would like to make a stunning snowflake ornament, this technique will help you achieve a neat starting point for your rounds or spirals.

What is a Magic Ring

A magic ring is usually marked with the abbreviation MR and is also known as a magic circle or adjustable loop. When following a crochet diagram (chart), a magic ring is usually marked by a large closed circle or a spiral. 

How to Crochet Magic Ring | The Easiest Method

Here is the easiest method I know to make a magic ring, and I call it a double loop method.

Video Tutorial for Right-Handed Crocheters

Video Tutorial for Left-Handed Crocheters

The magic loop is one of the methods for starting off a crochet project in the shape of a circle. This technique allows us to create an attractive center for the piece without leaving an unsightly hole. In contrast to a ring created by chain stitches, with a magic ring we can draw it tight and close the center. This is very important in projects such as hats or toys, in which the accuracy of the stitch is crucial.

Step-by-step Instructions

Take a close look at each step here:

  1. Grab the yarn in such a way that your working yarn is on the left, and the yarn end is on the right.
  2. Make the simplest knot, but don’t tighten it yet.
  3. Insert the yarn end once again through the loop.
  4. Find the first “loop” counting from the working yarn.

5. Insert the hook front to back through this loop.

6. Grab the working yarn with your hook and make a stitch. Now you can proceed with the rest of the stitches.

7. Work the stitches through the big loop, paying attention to the yarn end – we don’t want it to unravel. Make as many stitches as your pattern suggests.

8. Grab the yarn end and pull it, so that the loop closes. You can close the round by working a slip stitch, or proceed working spirally.

I firmly believe that this foolproof method is the easiest one out there, because it’s impossible to forget it. Let me know in the comments if you agree!

My Free Patterns that include Magic Ring

If you want to learn more, read my articles, check out my Recommendation Series, or try my Free Crochet Patterns and Stitch Tutorials!


Can I use a magic ring for all crochet patterns?

You can use it for most crochet patterns that require working in the round, but not all. The adjustable loop technique creates a very tight center, which may not be good for every project.

For example, a granny square needs a chain loop, which we cannot substitute for a magic ring. If the pattern calls for a particular number of chains, you shouldn’t change it to adjustable ring.

What are the benefits of using a magic ring?

The main benefit is a tight center, which is especially useful in amigurumi projects. It keeps the stuffing inside, creating a nicely closed center. You can tighten it throughout the work according to your needs.

Is mastering a magic ring hard?

The first try may be confusing, but it becomes a go-to method once you understand how it works. Make sure to see the easiest method for magic ring in my video.

Can you use a magic ring for making flat crochet items?

Yes, flat projects may also require this kind of center. In the section above I listed some free crochet patterns from my library that use a magic ring. Many are flat, such as crochet snowflakes, triangular shawls, or squares with floral centers.

Can you use a magic ring for making stuffed amigurumi toys?

Yes, it’s the most popular technique among amigurumi projects, because it creates a tight center. It’s especially important if you add stuffing and want it to stay hidden among tightly packed single crochet stitches.


Now you are ready to tackle some in-the-round crochet projects. Put my method for the magic ring into practice and share it with your friends.

That’s all for today, but I’ll be back with much more inspiring and informative content. If you want to learn more, read my articles, check out my Recommendation Series, or try my Free Crochet Patterns and Stitch Tutorials! Like, share, and subscribe if you like what you see.


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  1. Hi

    I am from PR. I would like to know how can I buy your patterns? Unfortunately, the copy paste doesn’t work in the MAC computer. It copies ads and other things that have nothing to do with the crochet pattern I want to have.

    Thank you

    1. hi Maria! unfortunately it’s not yet possible to buy my patterns in PDF format, but I have it in my plans. For now, free patterns are only available on my website.

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