How to Crochet: The Magic Adjustable RingBy Alicia Kachmar – 59 Comments
One way of crocheting in the round is to chain 2 and then make a certain number of stitches into the 2nd chain from the hook (you can do so with any kind of crochet stitch–sc, hdc, dc, etc.–but for this tutorial, I’ll be using sc. This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. For left handed pictures, roll your mouse over the image and it will change for you. When you have the desired number of stitches and you join to the first single crochet, you’ll notice a little something–a hole! Right there in the middle. The way around this? The magic adjustable ring, a really simple technique that prevents a hole from appearing.
Making a magic adjustable ring only requires a few extra steps and will give your in-the-round projects a smooth start. For this one in particular, I’ll make a magic adjustable ring with 5 single crochet stitches.
With the yarn tail hanging for a few inches along the inside of your left hand, form a ring and rap around your index and middle fingers. The working yarn should be on the right if you’re right-handed, on the left if you’re left-handed.
Hold where both strands of yarn overlap along the ring, the working yarn behind the ring. Moving from front to back, insert your crochet hook into the ring and pull up a loop from the working yarn.
Ch 1 and insert your crochet hook into the ring; pull up a loop from the working yarn again, pulling it from front to back under around the tail and ring.
Now there are two loops on your crochet hook. Yarn over and pull through both, completing the single crochet.
Continue crocheting around both the tail and ring until you have the desired number of stitches. When you do, gently pull on the yarn tail to close up the ring. Ta-da! You just made a magic adjustable ring.
Do you have questions about making a magic adjustable ring? Leave me a comment!