Lesson 5 – The Magic Circle, Working in the Round, and Invisible Seam

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A pattern will either call for you to use either of these methods to start your rounds:

(They are usually interchangeable but they DO make a different start.)

1. The chain 2 starting method- Chain 2 and make X amount of stitches into the second chain from the hook, making the first chain the beginning round.
2. The giant hole technique- Make X amount of chains, link them by joining to the first chain and then making X amount of stitches into the linked chain circle you created, making the stitches inside the linked chains your beginning round.
3. The Magic Circle- Start using a magic circle and making X amount of stitches into the magic circle to start your first round.


The reason that even when a pattern calls for either of these techniques, that I opt to use the magic circle is, it really is MAGIC!! When you do the chain 2 technique, or the giant hole technique they all leave one thing at the top of the hat or the center of the round… a GIANT HOLE! When using the magic circle technique, you create a circle to make your stitches around, then you pull it tight so that the hole closes completely.

So, if the pattern says either of these:

                -Ch 2, sc X in the second ch from the hook

                -Ch X, join to make a loop, sc X times in loop

Those are equal and can USUALLY be substituted for this:

                -X sc in a mc, join to top of first sc

     (You will also see hdc or dc or tc instead of just sc, but for the sake of learning I used sc.)

Magic Circle Video and Photo Tutorial

To Join or Not to Join:

Crocheting in the Round by MooglyBlog

Invisible seams and joins:

Invisible Seams by MooglyBlog

Invisible Seams/Joins by Looping with Love

  Finished? Move on to Lesson 6 – Gauge

 Need to take a step back? Move to

Lesson 4 – The Decrease Stitches



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