How to make a Magic Circle

Magic Circle:

The magic circle is a great little trick to know. It’s perfect for hats and Amigurumi alike, basically anytime you need to crochet in the round and do not want a hole in your piece.
I had struggled trying to learn this stupid thing and must have watched countless YouTube videos and read zillions of blogs ( seriously, zillions )! As with any thing though, I persisted and finally figured it out and am going to show you how. Hopefully this tutorial will be helpful. Once again as with all, it is extremely picture heavy.
Lets begin:

– loosely wrap yarn around your fingers. You want the tail in your palm and working piece behind your hand. The yarn is slightly crossed being held in place by the thumb:

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– Insert the hook through the loop behind your fingers. Catch the piece of working yarn with the hook, look at the picture, the hook is on TOP of the yarn, not below it:

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– Pull back through the main loop, you will now have a loop on your hook:

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– Gently remove your fingers from the main loop and grab the working yarn:

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– Yarn over hook and pull through the loop that is on the hook, you should have this knot:

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– Ok, now you’re ready to crochet, for this how-to I’m just using single crochet.
Insert the hook through the main loop front to back, yarn over the hook, pull through, you now have two loops. Yarn over the hook again and pull through both loops. You have completed one single crochet on your magic loop:

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– Continue single crochets based off pattern you are using.
Be sure to crochet around both the loop and tail.
When you have finished the required number of stitches you are ready to close your loop.
– To do this, you are going to grab hold of the tail and pull tight!

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– Tada! A finished magic circle, with no hole in the center:

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Keep practicing, the more you try it, the faster and smoother it will be to make.

The bobble stitch ( how to )

Here’s another tutorial for one of my favorite stitches, the bobble stitch. I love the texture it produces and it can give any project that little extra umph.
Ready to begin?

– Chain 3
– Yarn over hook, insert hook through stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch. You now have three loops on hook:

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– Yarn over hook, insert hook through same stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch. You now have five loops on hook:

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– Yarn over hook, insert hook through same stitch, yarn over hook, pull through stitch, you now have seven loops on hook:

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– Yarn over hook, pull through six loops, you now have two loops remaining on hook:

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– Yarn over hook, pull through remaining two loops, you now have one loop left:

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-Chain one, skip the next stitch, repeat above steps.

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Repeat the pattern as necessary. There you have it, the bobble.

New hat pattern coming up in the next day or two that requires this stitch! Try it out and start making some fun items!!

Invisible color changing ( tutorial )

I do a lot of color changing in my crochet projects, and nothing bothers me more than that jagged row where you can see the color switch. Particularly when you’re working in stripes…ugh!!
But worry no more, here’s how to avoid it and have perfect fluid switches without having to fasten off everytime!

Alright, here we go!
This is a hat pattern I’m working on for you all and I’m about to change colors.

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– First, pull the hook out of the loop, and insert into the next stitch, front to back:

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– Now slide the hook back through the original loop:

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– Ok, color change time. Take your new color and yarn over the hook:

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– Pull through both the loop and stitch:

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– Yarn over the hook and pull through:

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And there you have it. A perfectly smooth color change.
I’ll be posting a bobble stitch how to soon as well.
Following that a new hat pattern that requires both color changing and bobble stitches! Stay tuned and practice your color changes.

Tunisian Crochet ( a how to )

I love myself some Tunisian crochet. There’s something repetitive and calming about it and the finished product is just so lovely.
Tunisian or Afghan crochet is much easier than it looks, all you need is your favorite yarn and an afghan hook.

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As you can see, the hook is longer than your average hook and has a stopper on the end. This is to keep your stitches from falling off!
I suggest a worsted weight yarn to practice with. Once you get the hang of it, you can switch to a “fancier” yarn.

Ok, here we go!

*Step one:
-ch 15. Personal opinion here, it’s an easier number to work with.

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*Step two: starting in the second chain from the hook
-Insert hook through the ch, yarn over, pull through. You now have 2 loops on the hook.
-Insert the hook through the next ch, yarn over, pull through. You now have 3 loops on the hook.
-Continue in this manner for the entire chain.
-this is your foundation.

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*Step three: The beauty of Tunisian crochet, is there is NO turning of your piece! Here we go:
-yarn over the hook, pull through the first loop on hk.
-yarn over the hook, pull through the next two loops.
-yarn over the hook, pull through the next two loops.
-continue all the way across making sure to pull through two loops each time, until you have one loop remaining on hook.

See how it starts to “fall” off the hook.

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*Step four: you will notice vertical posts on your piece now, from this point on, you will work in these

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– insert hook through the second post, yarn over, pull through. You now have two loops on hook.
– continue in the same manner all the way across

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Step five: repeat step three!
– yarn over pull through first loop.
– yarn over pull through next two loops, etc.

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⬆️ there are your first two rows ⬆️
-remember to use the vertical posts.

*To finish a Tunisian crochet piece, you simply slip stitch across the row:
– You will be working from right to left, insert hook through post, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook. This leaves you one loop on hook.
– Continue across; insert hook through next post, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook, again you have one loop left on hook.

And that is the Tunisian crochet stitch, see easier than it looks! 😀

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Look how pretty the stitch looks!!