The magic loop, or ring method, is used for beginning a crochet project worked in rounds and produces a small neatly closed hole in the center of the first round. This method can be used for beginning hats, doilies, amigurumi and other projects worked in rounds.
Instructions might say, “ch 5, join with sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, 8 sc in ring.” Working the first round in this manner can often create a large, unsightly open center hole. To eliminate that, you can substitute the magic loop, working the 8 sc in the loop as shown below and then pulling the yarn end to close the hole. Remaining rounds are worked as written in the project instructions.
To practice making the Magic Loop, follow these simple instructions: