Thursday, 3 October 2013

Magic Ring Tutorial

Good morning all

I met a lovely fellow crafter in a shop the other day and we got chatting about crochet - she is fairly new to it and we happened to stumble upon the topic of the magic ring - she was saying that although she had tried it several times, she just couldn't quite get to grips with it. I have used this method for years and have to admit that it is a little tricky at first, but once you have got the knack, this is a great trick to know for when you want a solid middle to your squares

A lot of tutorials make them hard to follow, by instructing you to wind the yarn around several times to make the initial ring - and yes this may make the centre stronger, but if you don't pull the yarns in the right order or pull it too tight too quickly, it simply snags up and gets you all in a pickle

As I mentioned, I have been doing it as below for years and have never had a centre unravel or break on me yet so I have put together a simple guide on how I do it





First of all lay your yarn loosely over the palm of your hand with the end of the wool to the front at the bottom





Reach behind and pull the wool back over your palm starting from the bottom and then laying it over the top of your hand





Next, make a fist with your hand and trap the wool between your thumb and first finger - this is just to secure the yarn and stop it moving about






With your other hand, take the strand of wool that is attached to the ball and pull a loop under the other strand






The next steps are the tricky ones and it becomes a bit of a balancing act - do persevere though as it does get easier the more that you practise
Above is the stitch that will secure the start of the magic ring and it's done by inserting your hook through the loop (that you have just created), yarn over and pull hook back through to create a chain stitch - pull this one fairly taut, but not over tight






Keeping your work in your right hand work a further 3 chain - this will become the first treble of this round - If you are working double crochets in the ring then you only need to do a 1 or 2 chain here

Top Tip - Until you have mastered the magic ring, it may be easier for you to work double crochets into the centre when you are practising - the beauty of this method is, it doesn't really matter how many stitches you do in the centre as you will be pulling the yarn tight to close the hole







Lay your work down and tease the loose end out to the side as above, so that once you have finished your stitches, it will be easier to pull the hole closed






This is the bit that takes some juggling - you need to transfer the loop to your left hand now and keeping the ring open, you need to work your required amount of stitches in the centre of the ring - you may need to grasp the loose end with your right hand  - it sounds tricky but I promise it will get easier the more you do it

So - if you are working trebles, yarn over your hook, insert your hook into the ring, yarn over again and pull hook back, yarn over and pull hook back through first two loops, yarn over and pull hook back through remaining two loops 







I need 12 trebles for this pattern so have completed 12 into the ring as above - you will see that the ring doesn't much resemble a ring shape, but that's ok as long as you have worked the stitches around the yarn and through the centre






To close the ring, gently pull on the end of your yarn and you will see the stitches forming a circle shape






To close to circle and finish off your magic ring, work a slip stitch in the 3rd stitch of the chain you made at the beginning






Then just carry on with your pattern, but remember, that unless your secure the loose end, it will come undone. I always thread the loose end on a wool darning needle , catch it at the back through a couple of stitches, then wrap the yarn around my needle and pull it through to form a knot -  then I weave the yarn in and out of the stitches to neaten and cut close to my work so the end becomes hidden


I hope you have fun trying, although at first I'm sure the air may be a little blue and remember I'm always here to answer any questions that you may have

Happy Crocheting

Craftybarbxxx