Introduction: Crochet: Magic Ring (Adjustable Ring for Amigurumi)

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The Magic Ring (or Adjustable Ring) is used when crocheting in rounds, and should be used for Amigurumi projects. The advantages of using the Magic Ring, is that once tightened, it leaves no hole in the center of your work. It replaces the step of "Ch 2 and single crochet x in the 2nd chain from the hook", which is the first step in many crochet projects.

If you refer to the main photo, you will see the old method in green, and the Magic Ring in blue.
(Notice there's no hole in the middle of the Magic Ring).

To make the Magic Ring continue on to the next step.

For more crochet instructions, how to read patterns, choose tools & materials, and make a variety of stitches, read my Instructable on How to Crochet: Amigurumi Basics

Step 1: Making the Magic Ring: Steps 1 - 4

Picture of Making the Magic Ring: Steps 1 - 4

To make the Magic Ring, refer to the photos.

Step 1: Begin by wrapping the yarn around your fingers, like shown.

Step 2: Put your crochet hook through the center of the loops, like shown.

Step 3: Pull the yarn (that comes from the ball) through the center of the loops, like shown.

Step 4: Hook the yarn (that comes from the ball), like shown, and pull the yarn through the loop on the crochet hook.

The start of the Magic Ring should now look like Photo 2.

Proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Making the Magic Ring: Steps 5 - 8

Picture of Making the Magic Ring: Steps 5 - 8

(Refer to the photos).

Step 5: Put crochet hook through the center of loops, like shown.

Step 6: Hook the yarn (that comes from the ball), like shown.

Step 7: Pull the yarn through the center of the loops, like shown.

Step 8: Hook the yarn from above, like shown, and pull the yarn through BOTH the loops on the crochet hook.

You have now created your first single crochet (sc) on your Magic Ring. It should look like Photo 2.

Repeat steps 5 - 8 to complete the number of single crochets (in your pattern), and then proceed to the final step.

Step 3: Finishing the Magic Ring

Picture of Finishing the Magic Ring

After creating the number of single crochets (indicated in your pattern), you should have something like photo 1. (I've made 8 sc's).

To complete the Magic Ring, pull on the short yarn end until the stitches form a ring and the center hole disappears (like photo 2).

The benefit to making the Magic Ring (instead of "ch 2, single crochet x in the second ch"), is that you end up with NO visible center hole in the end.

When your project is completed, you can easily retighten the Magic Ring and hide the yarn end with a yarn needle.

For more crochet instructions, how to read patterns, choose tools & materials, and make a variety of stitches, read my Instructable on How to Crochet: Amigurumi Basics


mazzy mitchell (author)2015-06-15

Please help me! I've tried about a zillion times to do this, but it isn't working! :(

me to!!!!?

Hi mazzy mitchell, I apologize for not replying sooner. Were you able to get the Magic Ring working for you? If not, I'd be happy to try and help you. Just let me know (I'm getting emails now for comments).

Wonder_Craft 22 (author)2016-01-24

Thanks for the very helpful instuctions even my grandma learned how to do it!

You're so welcome! Glad that I could help you both. :)

MyLittleZombie (author)2016-01-23

Perfect instructions, thank you!

You're welcome. Glad I could help. :)

SarahS112 (author)2015-11-19


AllBlack4Eva (author)2015-05-27

hi can you tell me how to do a slip stitch at the end of the magic circle please??

canucksgirl (author)AllBlack4Eva2015-11-13

Hi AllBlack4Eva, I'm sorry I didn't get your question sooner. In case you still need the help... after you complete your last stitch in the magic ring, pull the ring closed so the first stitch meets the last stitch made; then insert your crochet hook in the first stitch completed, yarn over and pull through stitch and the loop on your hook. That completes a slip stitch. Again, I'm sorry for not getting your question sooner, but I'm getting emails now for comments etc, so if you need further help, please let me know.

nancyjohns (author)2015-10-31

Very helpful, thanks.

canucksgirl (author)nancyjohns2015-11-13

You're welcome! Thanks for the comment.

MillieLillie (author)2015-04-09

I'd like to know about the word AMIGURUMI and if this crochet differs from any other crochet?

Thank you for the very helpful tutorials.


canucksgirl (author)MillieLillie2015-04-09

Hello MaryJane,

Amigurumi originated in Japan; "ami" meaning crocheted or knitted and "nuigurumi" meaning stuffed doll. It has evolved into a very popular hobby of creating small stuffed animals, toys and unique creatures.

The tutorials I have posted for The Magic Ring, and How to Crochet can be used both for Amigurumi creations as well as an introduction to traditional crochet and the basic stitches.

Thanks for your question. :-)

InkyIsis (author)2015-02-04

Still completely and utterly confused.

canucksgirl (author)InkyIsis2015-02-04

Let me know where you're having trouble and I'll try and clarify the instructions for you. :)

mslaynie (author)2014-06-19

I find the magic ring to be incredibly fussy to actually do, but the end result is so worth it. I just end up swearing a LOT before I'm finished with it!

Instructablonian (author)2012-05-13

I'm confused... Could you post a video????? It would totally help! Thanks!!! :P

Basically it's a loose slip knot

sunshiine (author)sunshiine2012-06-16

I found this link that might help. Hope it does!

canucksgirl (author)sunshiine2012-06-17

Thanks sunshiine. That looks like it should help Instructablonian.

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-06-17

Your welcome! I hope it does help!

Unfortunately, I don't have a video handy.

What you want to do is wrap the thread around your fingers (like shown in step 1) to make a large loop. Then insert your hook into the center of the large loop of yarn and pull the thread through, and then take the thread from the top and pull it through the yarn on your hook. Essentially, you are making a slip knot with the thread wrapped around your fingers.

The next step is to make a traditional single crochet as many times as your pattern indicates. Normally, a single crochet is done in a stitch. Consider the yarn looped around your fingers as one BIG stitch. On step 2 the images show you how to single crochet. When you've completed the number of single crochets as your pattern indicates, you'll have what looks like the image in step 3. Note that the single crochet stitches were done around the loop of yarn (that was on your fingers).

At this point, the only thing you need to do is grab the short yarn end and pull. It "magically" pulls your single crochets into a closed ring, and the center hole pretty much disappears. The advantage to that is when you're done your project, you don't have this unsightly hole.

If you still need help, please let me know.

Also, refer to my Instructable on How to Crochet: Amigurumi Basics.

TheDiyFan (author)2013-05-17

Ooooh thanks so much it just clicked in my mind how to do it! Thanks so much!!

cluelessrebel76 (author)2013-04-09

Thank you for this! My mom taught me the basics of crocheting and helps when I get stuck, but doesn't know how to do a magic ring. I'm new to the amigurumi and was O lost on how to do the magic ring. I have a new project I want to start today that calls for the magic ring and I'm going to try your instructions. :)

dylanrichards (author)2012-04-12


aaaaaaah. :)

enuscher (author)2012-04-11

Hmm, that's definitely one way to do it. I've been crocheting amigurumi for such a long time that magic rings became so natural to me, I can never explain how to do it to someone else! :P

canucksgirl (author)enuscher2012-04-11

I know what you mean. Doing something isn't always the same thing as trying to show someone how. It took me a while to do it, but it seemed needed. (I couldn't find one done here yet).

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