Crochet Basics: Working in Rounds & When to Use the Magic Ring
Let's talk about the magic ring!
Something I hear all the time... "I don't know how to do the magic ring. That's too hard." I totally agree that the magic ring is a difficult skill to master. However, you can master it. Before the end of this post, you will know how.
Once you know how to do it, you will be addicted and want to use it on everything that requires working in rounds - hats, amigurumi, granny squares, etc. However, as with everything, there is a right time to use the magic ring and a right time to go a different route, namely, the chain.
When you are working in rounds, you want to consider what type of project you are making. Most of the time, when we are reading patterns, the pattern's author makes the decision for us. Authors usually get it right, but at the same time, we should think critically about what stitch is the best stitch for the type of project we are doing.
Amigurumi, for example, is a great option for the magic ring because you can tighten the ring and it will usually not work itself open. There are likely other projects that would work well with the magic ring, but amigurumi is my favorite project that uses the magic ring well.
Chaining is better for clothing, blankets, and granny squares because of the movement involved. The items will be worn or snuggled up under and chaining gives the item more stability.