The Magic Ring – Starting Circles From the Center Out

I absolutely LOVE the Magic Ring. This technique allows you to create a very tight center opening for a hat, or anything else that you start working in the round from the center out.

Let’s learn how to do them!

1. Wrap the yarn around your fingers

Place the tail of the yarn across the front of your first 3 fingers, then wrap the yarn once around your fingers. Place the working yarn (the yarn that is coming from your skein) behind your hand The working yarn will fall to the back of your hand crossing over to land to the left side of your hand.

2. Pull a loop through

Loosen the loop from your fingers, keeping the working yarn behind the yarn tail. Use your crochet hook to pull up a loop from the working yarn.

3. Now you can start stitching

Now you can start working. Chain however many you need for your turning chain and then start working stitches in the loop. I work over the top of the tail, but you don’t have to!

4. Tighten the loop

Pull the tail yarn to close the ring. And look at that – NO HOLE!

5. Join with a slip stitch

Now slip stitch to join the round!

Isn’t that a piece of cake?


I have a video for you on how to do this!  Check it out.

I would LOVE to hear your comments and thoughts about this way to start circles. If you are struggling with it or have questions – Tell me about them here in the comments!

NOTE: I wanted to let you know that this originally was posted in my newsletter on July 19, 2019! My newsletter subscribers always the tips first so if you don’t want to wait 6 weeks to get the next tip, be sure to subscribe now!

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