It’s been quite a while since I added to my ‘How to Crochet’ tutorials. I thought it was about time to add one for a magic ring! This technique eliminates the center hole from your starting round. The following is the method I use, taught to me by my mother.
Start by holding the yarn tail in your non-dominant hand between your thumb, pinky, and ring finger. (Since I’m right-handed, that’s the way I’ll be showing it…sorry, lefties!)
Wrap it over your index and middle fingers. Then bring it around the back as above.
Cross the yarn back over itself so it forms an X.
Then bring it down the back of your fingers, parallel to where you wrapped it before, and hold it with the yarn tail. (Sorry about the out-of-focus picture.)
Turn your hand over and locate the two yarn strands.
Stick the crochet hook under the one on the right and over the one on the left.
Pull the left loop part of the way through the right loop, like this.
Start twisting the crochet hook clockwise like so. It needs to get far enough so that you can …
… yarn over with the working yarn and pull through, forming a chain stitch that will secure the magic ring.
Grab the magic ring by the chain stitch and pull it carefully off your fingers.
The yarn tail will be twisted around in the ring like so.
Grab it and untwist it, as shown.
Now we can start crocheting into the ring! First chain as many stitches as required for your first round. Remember, we’ve already done one. Insert the hook into the ring, going under the yarn tail, to make your stitches (as in the photo above.)
Here I’ve made 7 single crochets. Now the magic part – tightening the ring! Grab the stitches with one hand and the tail with the other, then pull the tail to tighten the ring.
Don’t be afraid to give it a good yank – the worst that can happen is that the yarn will break, and you can always redo this round.
Ta-dah! No center hole!
I hope this tutorial was helpful! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, there are only a few days left until I draw the winners. Also, I’ll be posting another pattern in a few days (involving the Magic Ring), so keep an eye out.
Happy Magic Ring-ing 😉