The magic circle is quite simple once you get the hang of it, but it can be quite intimidating to some. My mother has been crocheting her whole life and just the mere mention of the magic circle makes her cringe. I personally love it; I think it really makes a project look complete and crisp.
There are a few different ways to complete the magic circle, the way I do it seems to be the simplest way to me, but it may not be your cup of tea. Give it a try with these few simple steps. I’ve included a few pictures for visual reference.
First, get your yarn and drape it over your hand. The tail end of your yarn should be on the front of your hand while the working end is hanging over the back (picture 1).
Secure the tail of your yarn between your thumb and the base of your pinky. Grab the working end of your yarn and pull it around your hand (picture 2) to meet the tail end of your yarn.
Tuck it under with your tail (picture 3).
Make sure they crisscross (picture 4).
Pull your working yarn back around the back of your hand (picture 5).
Tuck it in with the tail on the front of your hand (picture 6).
Get your crochet hook facing the back of your hand upwards. Place your hook between your middle finger and ring finger under the first yarn and over the second hook facing down (picture 7).
Pull the second yarn under the first yarn (picture 8).
Twist the hook until it’s side to side on your hand (picture 9-10).
Let the hook rest on the back of your hand while you grab the hook and yarn beneath it. Then slide it off your hand while continually holding the hook and yarn twist (picture 11).
Grab the yarn with the hand you usually hold it with (picture 12). Grab your hook and do a chain one (picture 13).
And congratulations! You have made a magic circle!
Start working your stitches through the circle and around the tail. When you have completed the number of stitches you require in the circle, pull the tail to close off.
Thank you for reading and please comment with any questions or remarks. Have a happy hippo day!