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 it.
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.
|Then put your new skills to use with three fun projects. First there are the Play Time spheres by Kim Werker. These balls are perfect for juggling or hacky sack. The magic ring allows you to completely close up both ends of the spheres. This is perfect for crochet projects you are going to stuff.|
|The Sisal Spiral Rug by Julie Armstrong Holetz explodes a doily worked in sisal twine to create a great indoor/outdoor rug. The magic ring means there is no negative space at the center of the rug and creates a more visually pleasing spiral.|
But the magic ring really shines in the crochet hat. The Lil' Vampire Hat by Brenda K. B. Anderson-from her latest book Beasty Crochet-begins with a magic ring at the crown. Earflaps and wee fangs make this hat both warm and fun.
Download your free copy of The Magic Loop Method: Free Crochet Magic Ring Instructions and Patterns today. Then forward this link to your crochet friends!