The following is a step by step tutorial for the “magic ring” or “magic circle” technique to begin crocheting in the round. This is the method of choice for beginning amigurumi projects. The advantage of this method is that it produces a tight, stable ring to begin crocheting, and unlike the chain/join method there is no hole in the center of the ring.
I have also created a PDF of this tutorial which includes some arrow notations in case you are having problems following the pictures. > Download PDF tutorial
Keep in mind that this is simply the way I find easiest to create the magic ring. When it comes to how to hold/manipulate the yarn, different people may prefer different methods, so do whatever is most comfortable for you.
1. Begin by wrapping the yarn around your fingers as pictured. For this tutorial, I am using a double wrap (we will be crocheting around two strands of yarn). Whether you crochet around a single strand or double strand of yarn is personal preference … I find that the double strand is a little easier to work with (more stable with less twisting).
5. At this point, I adjust my fingers within the loop to set myself up for crocheting around the ring: insert your thumb into the ring from the front, and your middle finger into the ring from the back. Apply opposing pressure using these two fingers to stretch the ring out from the center and pull it taut.
6. Next, yarn-over with the working yarn and pull up a loop (in other words, pull a loop back through/under the portion of the ring that is laying across your hook). You are now ready to begin crocheting your ring. At this stage (once you have the single loop on your hook) the ring should feel very stable as long as you continue applying pressure from the inside of the ring to keep everything stretched out nice and tight.
7. Begin your first single crochet (SC): insert the hook through the center of the ring (going underneath/into the double-strand ring held open by your fingers). Wrap the working yarn around your hook.
Finishing: You can now continue until you have the specified number of single crochet for your magic ring (typically 6). Once you have completed these stitches, you will close the ring by pulling on the tail end of the yarn. For a double stranded ring like the one in this tutorial, pull on the tail until one of the strands of the ring begins to move. Note which strand moves, and grasp this strand. Pull until tight (this will make the second strand disappear). You can now pull on the tail again to tighten the remaining strand (pull tightly and there will be no hole whatsoever in the center of your ring). Generally at this point I round off the ring by joining to the first single crochet with a slip stitch. You are now ready to continue your project and begin crocheting in the round. Good luck!