Another photo tutorial for you… I like writing step-by-step guides!
I’m about to add a free crochet pattern which uses the magic ring technique, so I hope this tutorial will help if you haven’t tried it before. Using a magic ring can be a bit fiddly, but it helps to avoid that irritating hole that appears in the middle of your work when crocheting in the round.
Here’s how it works:
1 Create a ring with your yarn, making sure that the end that leads to your ball of yarn is on top of the yarn that leads to the cut end
2 Use the hook to reach through the ring and pick up the yarn
3 Pull the yarn back into the centre of the ring
4 Pull the yarn through, up and away from the centre of the ring
5 Yarn over hook…
6 …and pull through the stitch on the hook
7 You can now work your first stitch (eg, double crochet) into the ring – if you are using ‘tall’ stitches such as trebles you might want to create a chain of a few stitches first
8 Continue working stitches…
9 …until you have the number you need for the first round
10 Pull the cut end of the yarn (gently!) – the ring should close in and pull the stitches into a neat circle
11 Add a slip stitch to close the round of stitches