How to Crochet the Magic Circle or Finger Wrap

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How to Crochet the Magic Circle or Finger Wrap

Have you ever run across a pattern that asked you to start with a “magic circle” or “finger wrap”? I’ll be it was a pattern that was going to be worked in the round and where you needed to have a very small hole at the beginning. When I first came across instructions to do the magic circle I was completely confused. I think the first time I just ended up working in the second chain of a chain 2 chain instead (that worked by the way, but not as well as the magic circle). Then I learned the magic circle and understood the hype! It’s not that hard, and it makes for a very tight and beautiful finish (or beginning) to a piece worked in the round.

This quick 3 minute tutorial will get you going!


Do you use the Magic Circle or Finger Wrap in your crochet work? If not, what do you use to make tight in-the-round circles? Leave a comment here or come over to the Facebook Page where we’re always talking yarn!

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  1. Love the “finger wrap” (aka magic circle). The only problem I have is over time, use and washings, the “tail” loosens up. I make coasters, wash cloths and dish rags so the items are used a lot. Any suggestion as to keeping the “tail” from loosening up?? Thanks Paula

    • sedruola says:

      Hey Paula, thanks for your comment. Yes, I would suggest weaving the tail back around the first stitches made so it can stay tight. Having a longer tail and just wrapping it several times around the first stitches on the wrong side should help with the loosening. 🙂

  2. Cameron says:

    This looks exactly like a tatted ring. Same principle: stitch around an adjustable ring that can be tightened. Nice tip.

    It’s also easier to attach a tassel or pom-pom tightly this way so it doesn’t flop or look off-center.

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