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Magic ring tutorial - The picture shows the different between starting a round in one stitch in a chain (left) and the magic ring which you can cinch tight and get rid of that little gap in the middle!

#Crochet #Tutorial - Chain Two 2 Method - Alternative to the Magic Loop / Ring. I have always used this method and find it much neater and easier than the magic loop. There's no hole in the middle when you pull the thread end to close it up!

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Crochet: Magic Ring (Adjustable Ring for Amigurumi)

The Magic Ring (or Adjustable Ring) is used when crocheting in rounds.The advantages of using the Magic Ring, is that once tightened, it leaves no hole in the center of your work. It replaces the step of Ch 2 and single crochet x in the 2nd chain from the hook, which is the first step in many crochet projects.

Step-by-step instructions: How To Make A Crochet Magic Ring. There is definitely a benefit to using a magic ring, or magic circle, over the traditional beginning chain that you slip stitch into a ring. What is it? There will be no space in the center of your project. It will completely “seal” and leave no hole!