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

by ArticlesofaDomesticGoddess | January 18, 2015 5:43 am

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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[1]


To Join or Not to Join:

Crocheting in the Round by MooglyBlog[2]


Invisible seams and joins:

Invisible Seams by MooglyBlog[3]

Invisible Seams/Joins by Looping with Love[4]


  Finished? Move on to Lesson 6 – Gauge[5]


 Need to take a step back? Move to [6]

Lesson 4 – The Decrease Stitches[7]


 

 

 

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Endnotes:
  1. Magic Circle Video and Photo Tutorial: http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/magic-circle-tutorial/
  2. Crocheting in the Round by MooglyBlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LADVC0Hc_Y
  3. Invisible Seams by MooglyBlog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdWgcR6nlWQ
  4. Invisible Seams/Joins by Looping with Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXLWbPHfE68&feature=youtu.be
  5. Finished? Move on to Lesson 6 – Gauge: http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/lesson-6-gauge/
  6.  Need to take a step back? Move to : http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/lesson-4-the-decrease-stitches/
  7. Lesson 4 – The Decrease Stitches: http://articlesofadomesticgoddess.com/lesson-4-the-decrease-stitches/

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