How to make a magic loop

The magic loop is a popular way to begin amigurumi because it’s the only method to begin a round piece that guarantees no hole. It’s also known as the magic ring, magic circle, adjustable ring, or adjustable loop.

start magic loop with X around fingers

1. Wrap the yarn around your index and middle fingers in an X, so that the working yarn is on top of the tail.

grab top left side of X from under the top right side of the X

2. Put the hook under the top-right part of the X, and grab the other side of the X.

pull yarn through to make small loop

3. Pull it through the magic loop, and twist it to make a small loop around the hook.

hold intersection of all yarn

4. Take the magic loop off of your hand, taking care to hold it where the yarn overlaps.

hold crochet hook and yarn like normal and chain 1

5. Now hold the hook and yarn as you normally would, keeping the tail against the magic loop, to the left of your stitches. Chain 1.

magic loop with chain stitch

6. This chain doesn’t count as one of the stitches in the magic loop.

yarn over under magic loop

7. Now you’ll make your first single crochet stitch. Insert the hook through the magic loop from the front to the back, under both the magic loop and the tail, and yarn over.

2 loops on crochet hook

8. Pull the yarn through the magic loop, under both the tail and the magic loop. The hook should have 2 loops, and be in front of the magic loop.

1 single crochet stitch in magic loop

9. Yarn over, and pull through both loops on the hook. This completes your first single crochet in the magic loop!

multiple single crochet stitches in magic loop

10. Repeat steps #7-9 until you have as many stitches as the pattern calls for.

tug on magic loop tail to close hole

11. Tug on the tail to close the hole in the middle of the work. Just like magic 🔮

finished crochet magic loop

12. This is an example of a magic loop with 6 single crochets in it.


💡As you single crochet, it’s important to hold onto the tail and magic loop as close to the stitch as possible. This makes it easier to control the yarn and hook, and keeps your stitches even and correctly oriented.

💡If you’re having trouble pulling on the tail to close the hole, your stitches might be twisted. Make sure the horizontal V’s consistently face outwards like in step #12 by following the previous tip.