Learning how to start your crochet with a magic adjustable ring is a great tool to have in your amigurumi crochet toolkit. Anything that is worked in rounds can start with a magic adjustable ring. It enables you to create a solid piece of fabric from the start, without the inevitable hole is formed when you start from a chain. I find that there is already enough sewing when it comes to creating cute little stuffed characters, who needs to have an extra hole to sew!
Yes, it can be a bit tricky to master but with practice you will become an expert at it in no time. Then you can sit back and feel proud, as your amigurumi look even better than before. It has many names: magic adjustable ring, magic ring, magic circle, magic loop, however they are all made the same way. Let me know in the comments if you find any other names for it and I can update my post.
All of my ad-free printer-friendly patterns come complete with this ‘how to crochet a magic adjustable ring’ step-by-step photo tutorial.
1. Hold the yarn with the yarn tail in front of your fingers and pointing towards the ground and the working yarn (the yarn attached to the main ball) hanging behind your fingers.
2. Make a loop with the yarn around your fingers by bringing the working yarn behind and under your fingers, and then up and over. The working yarn should cross in front of the yarn tail.
3. Insert your crochet hook under the top part of the yarn tail, ready to catch hold of the working yarn. Use your thumb to hold where the yarn overlaps.
4. Bring through a loop of the working yarn, there is now one loop on the hook.
5. Refer to your instructions, if your pattern is asking you to dc (UK) or sc (US) in the magic adjustable ring, then chain 1. Taller stitches will need more chains.
6. Continue to refer to your instructions and complete the appropriate number of dc (UK) or sc (US). Do not count your chain as part of the stitch count. Make sure your dc (UK) or sc (US) is made around the loop and the yarn tail. Once you have made the appropriate numbers of stitches, pull on the yarn tail to close and tighten the loop.
Congratulations you’ve mastered how to create a magic adjustable ring! Try one of my free amigurumi patterns to practice your new skill and let me know how it went!