Crochet magic ring tutorial

Mmm… happy colours! Ok, so there’s a granny triangle tutorial in the works, but first I’m going to show you how to make a magic ring. This is a very handy thing to know how to make. Not just for granny triangles! Why is it handy? Because it can make centres of your work look a lot better. You’re basically crocheting over an adjustable ring which you can pull tight. By the way, this is the yarn I use.

And despite its name, there is actually no magic involved whatsoever. I am sorry to disappoint you!

July 2012 – Please note: my interests have changed and I do very little crochet these days. I’m sorry I do not have the time to answer emails about help with crochet. Try the Ravelry site for help instead. Thank you for understanding. :-)

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Por favor, respeta mis derechos de autor. Por favor no copies y pongas este tutorial y mensaje en tu blog en ningun formato. Esto incluye traducciones del tutorial. Por favor, respeta el tiempo y esfuerzo puesto en escribir y fotografiar este tutorial. Si ves este tutorial en cualquier tipo de formato en alguna pagina o blog, por favor, dimelo. Gracias. Felices creaciones. :-)

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Ok, grab your yarn and we’ll do this!

1: wind yarn around your fingers like you are going to make a slip knot. Make sure that you have a few inches of yarn hanging from your fingers – the end that isn’t attached to your ball of yarn
2: pull a loop of yarn through the yarn on your fingers. The yarn you pull through must be the end still attached to your ball of yarn
3: remove the yarn from your fingers and insert your hook in the loop

4: yarn over and pull through
5: with the loop still on the hook, insert the hook in the ring itself, yarn over, then pull through the ring
6: you should now have two loops on your hook

7: pull the latest loop through the other one, so you only have one loop on the hook
8: now chain 3, this will count as the first dc

If you are working on a project that has sc or tdc in the first round, adjust the length of your chain accordingly.

You now have your magic ring ready to go. There should be a bit of yarn hanging from the ring. Do not pull this until you have worked the first round of your project. Unless your ring is very loose, in that case, do tighten it a bit so it is easier to work with.

Stay tuned for the granny square tutorial very soon!

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Did you find this tutorial useful? :-)


  1. July 14, 2010 / 1:40 am

    Thanks for the tutorial Carina. I used it to try this method for starting my granny square – although I only have 9 squares left to do. I have wanted to use this method to see if it makes nicer circles with the yarn and I think it does.

  2. July 14, 2010 / 2:29 pm

    I positively LOVE!! the colors you have happening on your blog. I will definitely be visiting during the winter for a deep breath of sun and freshness. And my fingers are beginning to itch and twitch to do some needlework again. Absolutely beautiful!

  3. July 14, 2010 / 10:19 pm

    Thank you both very much! :-)

  4. July 18, 2010 / 10:22 pm

    What a lovely post! The tutorial photos are very clear and if it weren't for the fact that every time i even get close to a crochet needle I grow two extra, unruly fingers on each hand, I would be so tempted to give it a shot!

    Are you the influence that is responsible for that huge pile of granny squares on Diane's coffee table?

    It is the strangest thing, she is drawn to crochet and I am drawn to knitting!

  5. July 19, 2010 / 7:18 pm

    Thank you very much, Pam!

    I am not sure if I am the inspiration for Diane's pile of squares… :-)

    My mum is the knitter too; I can barely manage knit and purl! :-)

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