How To Work And Secure The Magic Circle.

Worked stitches in a magic circle

The magic circle is a crochet technique that is very efficient if you don’t want a hole in the center of your round, especially when making hats, amigurumi and even granny squares!

A poorly secured magic circle can cause your work to come undone from the middle.  I’ve managed to prevent that with my makes by using the triple tuck method to secure it. But first, let’s make a magic circle.


For this tutorial I used:

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn
  • Darning needle

1.) How To Work The Magic Circle.

To start off, twist your yarn in the shape of the number ‘6’ making sure the working yarn is at the top of the ‘6’. Hold where the 2 yarn have intersected.

Insert your crochet hook into the loop and pull up the working yarn. Yarn over and chain 1. Work a total of 6 single crochet into the ring.

Pull the end of the yarn tail to close off the hole. You’ll have an even longer tail end. Don’t cut this off. We’ll be using it to secure the magic circle later.

tail has been pulled tto close the magic circke

2. How To Secure The Magic Circle.

I usually work 3 rows of the pattern I’m using before I stop and secure the magic circle. This is the fun part. I use a method I like to call the Triple Tuck Method. Take your darning needle and thread the long tail end. If you hadn’t closed off your circle tight enough, now is the time to do it. Once you pull it tightly, the first tuck goes in row 1 in the opposite direction to the yarn end. Skip 1 stitch and insert your needle through the next couple of stitches, pull. Second tuck, goes in row 2 in the opposite direction of the first tuck and third tuck is still on the same row but in the opposite direction. Skip 1 stitch and insert through a couple of the next stitches and pull through.

Go Forth And Tuck!!!

Just remember that every tuck goes in the opposite direction of the previous one and to skip a stitch before a tuck. And that’s it, simple but a project saving formula. Using the triple tuck method ensures that the magic circle is as tight as can be. Above all, it secures the circle in such a way that it won’t stretch and open up either immediately or over time. In addition to securing the circle, this method is also great for weaving in your ends!

Please leave a comment or send me an email if you have any questions about this technique.

Until next post, go forth and tuck my friends!

I’d love to know if you used this method in your makes! Tag me on Instagram @morines_shop or use #morinesshop

Other Crochet Tutorials:

1. How to crochet a basic solid hexagon.

2. How to size your crochet hats like a pro.

3. How to crochet the classic granny square.

Projects To Try Out The Magic Circle:

1. Peas in a pod beanie.

2. Heimlich the bee.

3. Kookie the biscuit.

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