Amigurumi basics – how to start the piece with magic ring?

This is an amigurumi magic ring tutorial. It`s also called adjustable loop or magic circle. Magic ring is something you`ll need when crocheting in the round, for example when making amigurumi toys or starting a hat at the top of the head. It`s a way to start the pieces with the best quality and perfection, without leaving a hole on the top of the piece. I´ll show you a way to achieve it.

magic ring crochet amigurumi

1. Make a loop at about 10 cm from the end of the yarn so that the shorter yarn tail runs underneath the longer one.

magic ring tutorial

2.Insert the crochet hook through the loop, from front to back. Grab the longer yarn tail and bring back through the loop.

magic ring tutorial
magic ring tutorial

3. Make 1 chain stitch.

magic ring tutorial

4. You are now ready to crochet the stitches of the first round. In amigurumi it`s usually 6 single crochet. Crochet the stitches into the ring.

magic ring tutorial
magic ring tutorial
1 single crochet made into the ring
magic ring tutorial
6 single crochet made into the ring

5. After finishing the stitches of the first round grab the shorter yarn tail and pull the ring tightly together.

magic ring tutorial
amigurumi magic ring tutorial

And the magic has happened! You`ll have the perfect start for the piece.


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10 thoughts on “Amigurumi basics – how to start the piece with magic ring?

  1. Rikki Leigh Greco says:

    Hi.. the kit is amazing and adorable and very well communicative, however, IM the problem lol ijust cannot make the magic ring! SOS send help poop there’s a cute little cat waiting to be made ! Thanks in advance! Can’t wait to buy more

    P.s this is my first time crocheting

  2. Sue says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial on how to do the magic ring. After watching numerous YouTube tutorials on this subject I tried making magic rings with no success. I purchased your pattern for the Ballerina Mouse which included the link to your home page & I’m now able to make the magic ring without any problems. As this is my first attempt at an Amigurumi toy I appreciate all the tips & tutorials you’ve created and I’ve learned so much.

  3. Carla Abreau says:

    I love your projects and I am sort of new to Knit/Crochet. I am attempting to make your cute “funny Bunny” for my grand daughter. After I have made a magic ring (6 sc) do I slip stitch to the first stitch to connect the rows or always chain 1 at the finish of the round? I apologize if this is an obvious question, I really want to learn this. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and allowing us to use your patterns.

    • lilleliis says:

      Hello, Carla! It`s wonderful to meet you here.
      In amigurumi we work in the round so you don`t need to join rows or chain in the beginning of the new one. Start the new round without doing anything!

  4. Dee Stallcup says:

    This is an amazing little trick! I am so excited about beginning my very first amigurumi project. I am crocheting your Sofia doll for my great granddaughter for her 4th birthday. I love, love, love your work. It is awesome & the pattern is so detailed. Thank you for sharing your creativity with the world! Dee Stallcup

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