How to Crochet Without Using a Chain Stitch to Make a Ring

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Crocheting a ring doesn't necessarily have to involve using a chain stitch if you don't want it to. Crochet without using a chain stitch to make a ring with help from a crochet expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Phyllis of Many Creative Gifts, and in this segment I want to show you how to start working in the round without having to do a slip stitch or a chain stitch to start your work. You're going to make a loop just as though you are going to make a slipknot but instead, you're going to just wrap around like this, take your hook, bring it through the loop and catch the yarn feeder yarn and bring it through the loop. Go ahead and consider that to be the loop on your hook and make your single crochet stitch or double crochet stitch as you normally would start. So I'm going to do single crochet. I'm going to chain one and then I'm going to work into my loop and bring it up. So chain one and then insert your hook into the loop, pull up a loop and finish your single crochet stitch. Do that all the way around usually when you are starting a hat or an Amagarumi doll. You're going to want to do eight single crochet stitches. I've got three, four, five, six, seven, and eight. Now the beauty of this magic circle is I'm going to be able to pull on the tail and bring everything together and create a circle of single crochets and when I pull on the tail some more, as you can see, the circle has disappeared. So you don't have a hole in the middle of your work. That's why this technique is so versatile and so helpful for when you are making hats and other items. So then you're going to just want to go ahead and start your second round of single crochet stitches. And that's the technique of using the magic circle to start your round work. I'm Phyllis of Many Creative Gifts and this segment was about using the magic circle to start your work in the round.

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