The Magic Loop (which is also called a Drawstring Ring, Drawstring loop, Crochet Magic Circle or Magic Ring) is a popular starting method when working amigurumi. With circular crochet, you will often make an amount of chains and join with a slip stitch to make a ring, but this can leave an unsightly hole – the magic ring allows you to close this hole creating a perfect circle! We’ve also included instructions for left-handed crocheters too, and if you need any more help check out our video tutorial:
How to crochet a magic loop
Follow our step-by-step guide to crochet a magic ring (photo’s for left-handed crocheters can be found further down this post)
To start a Magic Loop, don’t make a slipknot. Instead, make a loop with the yarn, leaving a tail around 10cm long. Make sure the tail end is on the bottom.
Now insert your hook into the loop, from front to back. Wrap the working yarn around the hook anticlockwise and pull the yarn through the Magic Loop.
Now make a turning chain, the correct length for the stitches you want to work. In the example above, we’ve worked double crochet stitches, so we’ve made one chain for the turning chain.
Now work your stitches into the Magic Loop, making sure all the stitches are worked over both the loop itself and the tail end (so two strands of yarn).
Once you’ve worked the number of stitches you need, simply pull the tail end of the yarn to draw up the ring – magic!
Close round with a slip stitch as usual.
Left Handed Step-By-Step Magic Loop Crochet Tutorial
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