Magic Ring for Crochet (right-handed version)

[music] Hi. This is June from PlanetJune, and today
I’m going to show you how to make a magic ring. The magic ring is an essential technique for
crocheting in the round if you want to avoid the hole you get from
working into a starting chain. I’m going to demonstrate the magic ring using
single crochet, as it’s most often used for amigurumi, but you can also use it for other projects
by substituting a taller chain for the ch 1 at the beginning. To start making a magic ring, lay the yarn
over the fingers of your left hand, and wrap it loosely around the first two fingers, holding it in place with your thumb. Insert your hook into the ring, behind your
fingers, and draw up a loop of the working yarn. Carefully remove your fingers from the loop, and pick up the yarn as you normally do for
crocheting, making sure the loop doesn’t come undone where
you were holding it with your thumb. Now hold the ring together and chain 1. Now we can begin to crochet the stitches of
Round 1, working into the ring. The important thing to remember is that we
work over both the ring and the starting yarn tail at once, to make
each stitch. So, to begin Round 1, I’m going to insert
my hook into the ring, so it goes underneath the ring and the starting
yarn tail, yarn over and draw up a loop, then from outside the ring, yarn over, and
draw through to complete the first single crochet stitch. Now we can work the rest of the stitches of
Round 1 into the ring as well, again working over the ring and the yarn tail
with each stitch. (I’m going to make 6 single crochet stitches
in total.) I’m working over both the ring and the tail
with each stitch. Now I have 6 single crochet stitches, the
ring is ready to be closed. So take the starting tail, hold onto the last
stitch you just made (loosely) and then firmly pull the starting tail to
close the ring. Now my tip here is that it’s actually quite
difficult to pull that ring completely closed at this stage, and if you do that it also
makes it more difficult to work the first stitch of Round 2, so I leave a small hole like this for now,
and continue with Round 2. You do have to remember that the ‘chain 1’
doesn’t count as a stitch, so ignore that little bump there and work
straight into the first stitch of Round 1, to begin Round 2. (I’m just going to make 2 stitches into each
stitch around.) Now I’ve completed Round 2 and we still have
that hole in the middle which has opened up again, so now I can close it properly. Just grasp your work and take the yarn tail, and now you can pull it really tight. If you pull it closed, a little, like this, it looks pretty good, but it will open up
again, so you have to really yank very hard. [slight ‘clunk’ noise] Depending on the yarn you use, you can normally
actually hear that noise when you pull it tight, and that noise means it’s not
ever going to come undone again. So now you can see you have a beautiful start
with no hole at all in the middle. And that’s the beauty of the magic ring!

99 thoughts on “Magic Ring for Crochet (right-handed version)

  • THANK YOU!!! I'm a visual learner, so word instructions and even photographs haven't helped me, but this video is fantastic!!! I was able to do it with you!!! Thank you so much!!!

  • Thank you for finally making a tutorial that made sense, and that was visually easy to follow! The others I've found have either gone too fast or not shown the work clearly enough.

  • The best tutorial by far. I'm having a problem where whenever I let go of the loop so I can pick up the working yarn (the step at 3:24)my loop distends and everything falls apart. What am I doing wrong?

  • This is the most easiest video tutorial of how to make a magic ring,its clear and June goes slow enough for us noobies too lol Many thanks :-))

  • Thanks June- very clear- glad I saw your tutorial first, judging from the other comments – or I might have given up.

  • For those of you struggling, (I sure did, for a full half hour honestly) try watching how she holds the yarn with her fingers when she does each stitch. Try to copy it, because the moment I did my circle got significantly better.
    This is an excellent tutorial. Thank you for making it! It helped me loads!

  • Dear June, You are gifted.I have watched 10,000 videos (ok, slight exaggeration 🙂 to learn the magic ring but after (about) 50 rewinds of your video, I finally got it. Kudos to you for taking the time show me something, that you probably think is very easy, that has been very hard for me to grasp the concept. That time has past. It's a wrap. I CAN DO IT. thanks again, pat v

  • Thank you so much for making this video. I've been trying to perfect this magic ring technique for a long time. Other videos are clear as mud, so they say. I've watched your video and been able to do it twice! Your explanation is great. Thank you!

  • Thank you so much for this video. I have been crocheting for a few years……. but, I always put off the magic ring… it looked so complicated. Oh my.. just watched your video today… it is so blooming simple!!!! I will NEVER chain again for my circles…… Thank you againxx

  • She gives the explanation ! Some people talk talk talk… she goes straight to the point, now I got it!, thanks a lot

  • Great video. I've crocheted for many years but I'm just starting amigurumi and your video is very clear and simple on how to make the magic ring. Well done.

  • "Make a magic ring" was in a pattern that I have but no explanation of what it is. Thank you for your clear tutorial. I know what it is and I can do it.

  • Thank you for the invaluable video tutorials, June. I reviewed many crochet tutorials on YouTube before I found yours, and now they are the only ones I use to learn. Through your site, I've already learned how to do a really nice, tight, uniform single crochet stitch, and now my magic circle is coming along nicely. My goal, my holy grail, is to create adorable, perfect amigurumi. I also just purchased your book, Idiot's Guide to Amigurumi, which I recommend to everyone here. It is the perfect tool to augment the info you have online. I have sticky bookmarks all throughout!

    To all my friends here, if you want to learn to do Ami like I do, definitely buy June's book- it is like peanut butter to jelly! Definitely NOT repetitive. (No, I'm not a paid spokesperson, lol!) Next step for me is one of June's simplest Ami patterns- the hamster. Wish me luck!!

  • I've been trying to make a magic ring .. I understand how to do it, its just actually doing it is the hard part . I'm just here fumbling around like a Cat with yarn lol

  • THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.  Somehow your video was the only thing that made it click for me.  I've tried it a gazillion times and I finally got it!

  • Your explanation is the 5th video I've watched AND this is the first time I've actually been able to accomplish it!!! Thank you! Thank you!


  • I'm a beginner crocheter. I can knit almost anything, but crocheting is definitely a learning curve! I must have watched a dozen videos on how to crochet a magic circle, and yours was the magic key for me! Thank you so much for the simplistic instructions and taking it step by step slowly! 🙂

  • My advice to those having difficulty is to watch other videos and/or look at pictures. The way people explain how to do this is all different and some may work for other people. Don't give up hope. I've been crocheting for a year and this was hard for me to learn just now. A chain link into a ring is easier than this, in my opinion, if you just want to get started on something round.
    Other than that, my personal advice would be to try using a bigger hook or yarn. Slow down the video. The transition between 1:04 – 1:07 is what confused me and I realized that the video makes it look like the loop is tight. It's still pretty loose and you just have to hold it until you get the first couple sc in.

  • This is the best and easiest video on how to properly make a magic ring. Other video's were way too confusing. Thank you for the video and really keeping it simple. Saving your vid for future use!!

  • I started learning to crochet to make a 20-sided dice bag today, and I was able to follow this with a little trial and error. The one thing that wasn't super obvious was that you wind around your fingers such that the second round over your fingers is behind the first. I'm kinda proud of myself, and thank you for making this.

  • Thank you so so much for this tutorial! I’ve been unable to do the magic ring since forever until you came around!

  • I'm just starting to crochet and your video helps. Particularly the part where you say you go inside the circle once and outside the circle once.

  • I watched one other one and the instructions on it were a litle harder. You took your time and the instructions were better. I definitely plan on picking crocheting back up. Glad I found your website. 🙂


  • Your videos are the best ones. I tried several ways and none of them made sense I kept getting the lobby end of yarn Tangled in circle at end or a second ring that doesn't tighten and just dangles in the circle when I tighten. Thank you so much I got it first try when following you. What do I do now that I made my magic circle and have to start a second round? Where do I start? Do I go over the first crochet that's a little ways over?

  • I was lucky enough to find your video on how to make my first magic ring and now I feel confident to continue with my amigurami sun! Thank you

  • Hello ma'am, I am a fan of your work and you did such an amazing job making your series.
    I want to ask if someone ask to make a crochet items (dolls, and scarf and etc.) from you, how would you price your work? Is it per hour or the finished product?

  • The video was really good and helped me learn how to make a manifest ring. But the music in the start is really bad. I almost stopped the video before it started 🙁

  • Thank you so much for your video! I’m a total beginner and I just couldn’t grasp like 1 or 2 steps from watching other videos because they would use a lot of jargon or wouldn’t show certain moves. Thank you for being so clear, now I can try amigurumi 🙂

  • Thank you! You refreshed my memory. I love to knit, and crochet for some reason baffles me, so I can use all the help I can get. This was clear and concise. Much appreciated!

  • With every new crochet project I do, there's some new thing. This time it was "make a magic ring, then chain 4 yaddiyadda". I was like… …? But fortunately this video made it clear for me. It's a fiddly fiddly thing to get right, but I find every single crochet beginning is fiddly, so I don't mind having to try something 5-10 times before it's right. A good foundation makes for a good finish I think.

    Thanks for the help 🙂

  • I still dont understand. Maybe im stupid and this isnt meant for me because i cant even do a sc so that tells me im just dumb i give up

  • Best magic circle method ever! I think I’ve tried them all and this one is the one easiest for me. Thank you so much!!!

  • I was making cream balls with a crochet kit.
    It wasn’t beginner friendly AT ALL!! It said random stuff like:
    Crochet 6 sc into a mr = 6sts

    Wth does that means?

  • I was getting frustrated with the other tutorials, but this one really helped make things more clear for me. I still have a bit of an issue at the end though, when starting the next circle in the row by inserting through the first chain, I can't really tell where it begins.

  • Thank you! This is the best video on starting the magic circle. I’m a long-time crafter and sewer, but new to crochet. Thanks again!

  • LOVE this!! I am a first time crocheter and totally learning from video tutorials. YOURS are the best I have found!! Wishing you had more on basic crochet stitches etc because you are an amazing and effective teacher!! Thank you!!

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