Creating the Circle Rug Using the Magic Ring

Nov 7, 2011

Looking around my bedroom this morning, I realized something was missing-crochet! Despite my passion for the craft, there isn't a single piece of crocheted home decor in my bedroom. Now I have found the perfect piece in Kim Werker's book Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution.

I love the Circle Rug for several reasons. First, it works up very quickly. And the bulky yarn allows the texture of the crochet stitches to take center stage. You can play with the placement of the colors, creating deliberate or seemingly random patterns. You could even expand the pattern to create an even larger rug. Or, in a lighter weight yarn, you can make a large afghan. The individual circle motifs are worked separately before joining them with a slip-stitch border, making them the perfect travel project, and I already have hours of holiday travel in my future.

But my favorite thing about this rug is the circles. Circles are such a simple, comforting shape. The circles that make up this rug start with the adjustable-ring technique, also called the magic ring or adjustable loop. This technique eliminates the hole that other methods leave in the center of a circle.

Donna Hulka, the designer of the Circle Rug, says, "I've always loved circles, but I wasn't wild about crocheting them until I discovered the adjustable ring. It allows the center hole to be pulled tightly closed. Now I've gone crazy and this rug is one of the happy results."

I love this tutorial, included with the Circle Rug, on working the magic ring or adjustable ring. 
  Leaving a 6" (15 cm) tail, make a ring by placing the tail end of yarn behind the working yarn.
  Insert your hook from front to back through the center of the ring, yo with the working yarn, and pull up a lp. Ch 1 (this assumes you'll be making sc sts. Ch the appropriate number if you'll be making hdc, dc, etc.).
  Continuing to hold the ring closed with your nondominant hand, work several sc sts into the ring, covering the tail.

Pull the yarn tail to tighten the ring. Presto! No hole in the center of your work. Continue to work in the round as usual.

The magic ring is a great way to create perfect and easy circles. Order and immediately download your copy of Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution and add a little crochet to your house. Plus check out the other great home decor, accessory, and garment patterns. 

Best wishes,

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Flowergirl@2 wrote
on Nov 7, 2011 9:20 AM

I have always done circles that way (I'm 65) ...and thought I was cheating because it wasn't in any book. Haha  But it worked for me! :)

Beth Lee wrote
on Nov 7, 2011 11:55 AM

HELP - I've developed some Arthritis in the thumb on my right hand (I'm right handed) and was wondering if anyone had any ideas about how to help that with my crocheting...I'm SO upset and have several projects that I've fallen behind in doing because of that!!  Thanks, Beth

kperaki wrote
on Nov 8, 2011 6:07 AM

I always make a double ring with the yarn, so I can cut it and it doesn't open!

Suzzie Que wrote
on Nov 15, 2011 1:20 PM

I am so pleased to learn about how to eliminate the hole in the center of a crocheted article.  In all my years (40+ years) of crocheting I had never seen this particular instruction.  Thanks for giving me the details.

on May 1, 2013 3:50 AM

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Black Pearl wrote
on Feb 27, 2014 8:38 PM

This is how I start a knitted circle too, eg, if 8sts need to be cast on, say for a beanie worked from the top, then I use the magic ring and work 8 sc into it (they're double crochet in Australia!). This provides the foundation to pick up 8 sts across 4 needles, then tighten the loop. But maybe that's all common knowledge... Not much is truly new in these arts!