Over the last few years I’ve crocheted countless hats and dozens of beanies… They’re one of my favourite projects to work on (as they can be whipped up in an evening), and with time I’ve learned some handy little tricks to help create the perfect chilly-day accessory!
Today I’m excited to share one of those tips with you; Out of the numerous hats I’ve crocheted in my lifetime I’ve found that using the Magic Circle method never disappoints and always works best! Stay tuned to see why…
Learning a new crochet technique is always so exciting and fun, don’t you think?.. The Magic Circle (or loop as it’s commonly known), is used when crocheting in the round as a big advantage to starting any crochet project using this technique is that it leaves no opening in the centre of your work once it’s tightened.
This very reason is why it’s the ideal technique to use when crocheting cosy beanies, granny squares and a variety of other projects.
If you’re keen to challenge yourself one night this week, you’re in luck as this helpful step-by-step video tutorial will guide you through all the necessary steps needed to learn the “Magic Circle” method; In an easy to follow speed!
Stitches & Abbreviations
Step 1: Start by taking the loose end of the yarn, place it over your fingers (making sure it is at the top of your hand, and NOT at the back).
Step 2: Taking the working end of the yarn, wrap it around your index finger AND your middle finger. Then wrap it around the front of your fingers (in a “X” pattern). Taking the same working strand, wrap it around behind your fingers and pinch it between your ring finger AND your pinky finger.
Step 3: Turn your work the other way, and insert the crochet hook under that 1st loop, hook around that 2nd loop, and as you pull out the “2nd loop” underneath that 1st loop TWIST it in your direction (1 loop on hook).
Step 4: Yarn over with the working strand of yarn, and pull it through the loop on the hook. Gently take the “circle” off your fingers.
Step 5: To work into the magic circle, you’ll need to ch your desired length for the sts you’ll be working with.
Note: I chained 2 (as I was working with dc’s), then worked 11 dc into the magic circle for this tutorial.
Step 6: Once you’ve completed your desired amount of sts, take the loose end of the yarn and pull it as tight as you can, cinching in that circle. Sl st in the 1st st of the round.
Is there a specific crochet stitch or interesting technique you’d love to learn? I’m always open to new ideas and inspiration when it comes to sharing crochet with the world!
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Have a lovely day crocheting…