Magic Circle aka Adjustable Ring, how to

How to make a Magic Circle/Adjustable Ring

I start almost all of the hats I make with a magic circle.  It’s a fantastic way to start anything that is worked in the round if you want to be able to control the amount of “holey space” in the middle.  With the magic ring, you can pull the hole as tight as you physically can leaving no gaping hole in the middle of your hat.  If a pattern suggests you chain 2 then work a round in the second chain, replace it with the magic ring and you’ll be real pleased with the results.

I’ve seen this method called the magic ring, adjustable circle, magic loop and many other similar combinations.  Whatever you want to call it, it is a great way to start a hat or any other item that is worked in the round.

step1 (300x300)1)Create ring and position with working yarn on top.





step2A (550x550)step2B (550x550)

2) Insert hook into ring and pull up a loop.




step3 (550x550)
3) Secure with a chain stitch.





step4A (550x550)step4B (550x550)4) Work stitches of 1st round (sc here) over both BOTH strands of yarn and pull tight with the END strand.

5) Continue with pattern.


Oink! Oink! Piglet, Piggy

Crazy for Earflap Hats!

Are  you CRAZY for EARFLAP hats?  I am!

When I started making them, I wasn’t sure how to attach the braids just right.  It took a lot of practice but I believe I have perfected the look.  Follow the tutorial below and you can too.

Tutorial-earflap braid

Tip-When I complete the earflap, I leave a long tail and rather than work the ends in, I work it into the braid.  Two less ends to work in!

RS=Right Side      WS = Wrong Side

1)            For 10” braids, cut 11, 22” pieces of yarn.  Fold in half.Insert hook from WS to RS of earflap and pull the yarn through.  (I find it easiest to use a large hook, size J or larger)

2)            Pull the ends of yarn through the loop and tighten.  Make sure you even out and tidy up any loose strands.

3)            Braid, tie off and trim ends.  Repeat on opposite side making sure braids are the same length.


Candy Corn Earflap Hat,
Crochet by Darleen Hopkins