The magic loop, sometimes known as the magic ring or magic circle, is a clever way to start your crochet projects that begin from the centre like amigurumi, hats, and mandalas.
Here’s how it’s done:
- Take the yarn and hold it between your fingers with the tail end facing down.
- Circle the working yarn around your fingers then bring up and cross from right to left over the top of your index finger and secure with your thumb.
- Turn your hand palm down and wrap the working yarn parallel to the first strand and pinch the end with your little finger.
- Insert your hook (tip facing down) under the first loop and over the second. Hook this second strand and pull it back under the first.
- Rotate your hook and place under the working yarn and pull through the loop on your hook (as though to ch1).
- Now, just crochet the number and type of stitches your pattern calls for into the circle, around the 2 strands of yarn.
- Once you're done with the stitches, simply pull on the yarn tail to close the loop. That's it!