All of my first crochet hats were topped with pom poms or
braids. When beginning hats from the crown down, I usually used slip stitch to
join chain into a circle and then worked round one into the circle or worked
the stitches of round one into a single chain. Both of these methods leave a "hole"
at the center of your work. Sometimes this can be used as a design element, but
sometimes a hat, home decor piece, amigurumi, or motif would be better without
This is where the magic loop comes in. Sometimes called the
magic ring, adjustable loop, magic loop, or adjustable ring, this crochet
technique allows you to work in the round and eliminate that hole. With
step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions, this method is relatively
easy to understand. And with a little bit of practice, you will be able to
create the magic ring in your sleep.
In our newest free eBook, The Magic Loop Method: Free Crochet Magic Ring Instructions and Patterns,
we have created an in-depth tutorial that will teach you to work both the basic
magic ring as well as a double magic ring that is ideal for projects that will
see heavy use.