Crochet for Beginners 3: Magic Ring

Learn the easier technique for starting crochet squares, circles and other motif patterns!

This technique replaces the string of chain stitches closed by a slip stitch to form your starter ring. The biggest advantage of this technique is that it is adjustable and therefore neater! It is also faster  to make and you do not have to pull your work to hide the unsightly bulge caused by the slip stich. Once you’ve learnt this technique it will be your go-to starter! This tutorial is for right-handed crocheters. Ready? Here we go:

1.    Place the yarn across your left hand like this:

2.    Hold the end with your left thumb and wrap the yarn around your index finger from the bottom  of your finger and across the yarn that is lying on top of your index finger:

3.   Use your crochet hook and put it under the bottom thread to hook the top thread and pull it through. Like this:

4. Pull the loop through and twist the hook into the loop (there is a bit of a wrist action to do this!)

5. Chain 3

6. Add trebles (UK terminology) and adjust the size of the ring by pulling the loose end.


7. Add as many trebles as the pattern requires and close the ring with a slip stitch.

 Magic ring 10

Weave away the loose end at the back. Also see the tutorials on Ending Off your work!