I know what you are thinking. Easiest Magic Circle with Crochet? Yeah, right! How could that possible be?
As you know, my patterns never used the magic circle before. Why? Well I wasn’t really into making it. It always seemed pretty hard to me. HA! Was I wrong! This method of starting is actually really easy. So if I can figure it out, I know you can. 🙂 Besides I’m here to guide you through it. And when I was learning, I went through so many different methods and then just decided to figure out the how it actually worked to see how I would naturally do it. That’s right! It wasn’t natural to me at first either. I tried and failed so many times, but then kept trying and trying. Eventually, I got it on my own. OFC you’ve got a bit of my help now. Tehehehe Let’s check it out! I’ve got video tutorials for right and left handed, plus a right handed photo tutorial.
BTW you can find me on Instagram @AshleyDylanLife.
Here’s the video to help you out
And for lefty’s
Magic circle photo tutorial
First, you will use three fingers. Have the short end at the bottom, and the long end draping over your fingers as shown below.
Second, pull the yarn around to make a X on the inside of your hand.
Next, take your crochet hook. On the top part of the X, go under the first string. Grab onto the far string.
Then, pull the crochet hook toward your fingertips. You should be pulling the crochet hook back under the first string as shown in the photo below.
Okay. You got this far! You can do it! Twist the crochet hook as shown in the photo below.
Now. Make a slip stitch. Yup! That simple. This will not be counted as a chain at all. This is only securing your work.
Awesome job! You did it! Now make the amount of chain you need.
And make the amount of stitches your pattern calls for.
You are on fire! Yeah! Can you believe you actually did it?!?! Now this is what is so magic about it. That short end hanging from the middle. Yup. That one. Grab it. Now pull. Notice you have no hole in the center now? Uh, that’s what makes this so cool and very very helpful! 🙂
It has come to my attention that sometimes when using the magic circle, you just cut the yarn off without weaving in ends because you assume it is secure enough. Well, I am here to say, don’t assume. I know you do fabulous work, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. So this is how I secure the magic circle. Actually, this is how I secure any circle, even if I chain instead of using the magic circle.
So you’ve completed your project, and it’s time to finish off. First I put the yarn needle on the end of yarn.
Then I insert the yarn needle through the first half of the stitches as shown above.
After that, I go through the other half of stitches. You should have gone through every stitch in the magic circle at this point.
Now just to be sure, I’m going to take the yarn needle through the first few stitches again.
Wait for it… This is where you pull on the end of yarn to tighten it a bit more.
Alright, now I start climbing up the stitch (this is a double crochet) with the yarn needle…
…and I continue climbing up the stitch with my yarn needle.
And I finish climbing up the stitch, into the next row. Now I’m going to continue weaving the yarn end in as usual.
Once I have completed weaving in the end, I will cut the end off with my fabric scissors.
This is what the back of the magic circle will look like.
And this is what the front of the magic circle will look like. Congrats! You have officially finished your magic circle!!! <3
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Did you love this method as much as I do?
Or do you like using a different method? If so, what method do you like using more?
And before I completely forget, I know sometimes you need some extra help with something. Well since I'm really busy, it can take me a day or 2 before I can get back to you. The thing is, I feel REALLY bad about that. So I created the Ultimate Knit and Crochet Facebook group. It's got some really awesome women that love to share their projects, help out and get inspired from your cool adventures. But if you'd rather wait, you can always DM me on Insta for a lil extra help. :) All good?
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