The magic loop, magic circle or magic ring method, is used for beginning a crochet project worked in rounds and produces a small neatly closed hole in the center of the first round. This crocheting method can be used for beginning hats, doilies, amigurumi and other crochet projects worked in rounds.
The crochet instructions for your project might
say, “ch 5, join with sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, 8 sc in ring.” Working the first round in this manner can often create a large, unsightly open center hole. To eliminate that, you can substitute by crocheting a magic loop, magic circle or magic ring, working the 8 sc in the loop as shown below and then pulling the yarn end to close the hole. Remaining rounds are crocheted as written in the project instructions.
To practice crocheting the Magic Loop, Magic Circle or Magic Ring, follow these simple instructions:
Wrap yarn around the index finger of your left hand as shown.
Holding crochet hook in your right hand, insert hook under the two yarn loops and hook the yarn coming from the skein or ball,
Pull loop through with crochet hook.
Yarn over hook and pull loop through loop on crochet hook.
Insert crochet hook in ring, yarn over and pull up loop,
Yarn over crochet hook and pull through 2 loops on hook.
Single crochet made.
Work steps F-H for each additional single crochet.
Pull yarn tail to close magic ring or magic circle.