If you haven't learned how to do the magic circle yet, you need to. The magic circle is an easy way to start off a project in the round without having to worry about the original circle being too big. It is a way for you to make sure there are no more ugly, bulbous, loopy holes in the beginning of your work. It's heaven sent and so easy to do. The great part is you can use it with any size yarn and hook! I start off most of my circular this way, unless it's a more complex pattern that calls for a certain size beginning hole. Many of the patterns I have to share coming up this month involve using the magic circle, sometimes called the magic loop, so I thought now would be the perfect time to teach you how to do it. Without further ado, here is the magic circle tutorial:
Step 1: Take your yarn an form a loop with the tail end crossing over on top. Laying it down flat might help to visualize which end is which.
Step 2: Insert your hook into the loop with the tail end on top.
Step 3: Using the working yarn, yarn over and chain 1 into the loop.
Step 4: Chain 2 more to form your first stitch in the work.
Step 5: Double crochet, or use your preferred stitch, into the loop the number of times the pattern calls for. Here I double crocheted 5.
Step 6: Pull the tail tight, closing up the circle.
Step 7: Slip stitch into the beginning chain 2 to close off the circle. You could skip this step if you prefer to work continuously without ending your row each time around.
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