Magic Circle Crochet Tutorial:
Step 1: Hold the yarn end with your non-dominant hand, leaving a tail about 6 inches long. This tail will be used to tighten the circle later.
Step 2: Make a loop with the working yarn, crossing it over the tail end.
Step 3: Insert your hook through the loop from front to back, then yarn over and pull up a loop. You now have two loops on your hook.
Step 4: Chain 1 to secure the loop. This will act as the starting chain.
Step 5: Make the required number of stitches for your first round (e.g., single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet) directly into the loop, holding onto the tail end to keep the loop from loosening.
Step 6: Once you’ve completed the required stitches, gently pull the tail end to close the loop, creating a tight circle.
Magic Circle Crochet Pattern – Simple Circle:
Now let’s use the magic circle technique to create a simple circle:
- Worsted weight yarn
- Appropriate crochet hook size for your yarn
- sc: single crochet
- st: stitch
- Create a magic circle.
- Chain 1 (this counts as your first single crochet).
- Make 6 single crochet stitches into the magic circle.
- Pull the tail end to tighten the circle.
- Slip stitch to the first single crochet to join. (6 stitches)
- Chain 1.
- Make 2 single crochet stitches in each stitch around.
- Slip stitch to the first single crochet to join. (12 stitches)
- Chain 1.
- Make 1 single crochet in the next stitch, then 2 single crochet in the following stitch. Repeat from * to * around.
- Slip stitch to the first single crochet to join. (18 stitches)
- Chain 1.
- Make 1 single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, then 2 single crochet in the following stitch. Repeat from * to * around.
- Slip stitch to the first single crochet to join. (24 stitches)
Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.
Feel free to customize the pattern by adding more rounds and using different stitch combinations. This simple circle pattern can be the foundation for various projects, such as coasters, appliqués, or even as the start of an amigurumi project. Remember to adjust the stitch counts and increases according to your desired size and outcome. Happy crocheting!