I figure I better put something helpful on this blog once in awhile. So I'm starting a new regular series called Sunday Secrets where share helpful tips and tricks to doing...well...something!
This week I have some step by step pictures of how to start crocheting in the round starting with the magic circle. It's a different way to start crocheting in the round, that won't leave you with the hole at the center of your work you get when you crochet into a chain.
How to Start Crocheting in the Round Using the Magic Circle
Make a loop with the loose end to the left, and on top of the back string.
Reach into the center of the loop from front to back and pull the working end through to the front of the loop.
With that loop on the hook, yarn over and pull through the loop on the hook.
Essentially chaining one to secure the loop from unraveling.
Insert your hook through the center of the secured circle, under both the string that makes the circle, and the loose end, and draw up a loop. This is single crocheting around both strings.
Two loops on your hook.
Yarn over and draw through both loops on hook. One single crochet made in the magic circle!
Continue to crochet over both strings (the one that makes the loop, and the loose end) for desired number of single crochets in your first round.
This is why it's called magic...now pull gently on the loose end being careful not to let your single crochets twist. And you'll get a nice, tight first round with no hole on the center!
Now you can continue to work in spirals, or just slip stitch into the first sc and continue working in rounds. Magic!