There are so many neat tips and techniques out there!
I’ve been knitting and crocheting a long time and so don’t feel the need to change my technique very often. Preferences come with proficiency! I am always willing to try something new and finally got round to doing that with the “Magic Loop” for crochet. This technique is now my favourite for all the reasons you may have already read: it’s simple, clean and produces a very nice start to crocheting in the round.
There are lots of great tutorials out there and I’m adding a pictorial one here and you can find pictures and full text here: “MLCT By KeiB” – this will take you to the Flickr page for the tutorial. You’ll need to click each photo to read the written step-by-step instructions. I hope this will be handy for any of you who decide to make a KeiB Design that is or incorporates crochet. Hope you’ll find this helpful and straightforward 🙂
Magic Loop For Crochet Tutorial ~ MLCT By KeiB Start with your required yarn and appropriate sized hook. The tail end of the skein has a small knot to distinguish it, the working yarn is the skein end.
MLCT ~ Step One Begin by looping the yarn around your index and middle fingers. Have the tail hanging down on your palm side and the working yarn laying over and behind the loop on your fingers.
MLCT ~ Step Two Insert your crochet hook underneath the front loop and grab the working yarn strand that is behind it. I like to anchor my yarn with my thumb to keep it from coming unwound at this point.
MLCT ~ Step Three Pull up a loop of the working yarn strand from underneath the tail strand.
MLCT ~ Step Four Wool round hook (Yo, WRH, et al) and chain one (ch1) or as many starting chains as your pattern indicates. In this tutorial, the foundation round of my pattern calls for three chains (ch3) and then to work 15dc into the centre of my loop.
MLCT ~ Step Five This photo shows the ch3 and the first completed dc. I am still anchoring the loop and the tail strand between my thumb and index fingers, this is a preference and one I find useful until there are a few stitches worked over the strands of the magic loop.
MLCT ~ Step Six This is how the loop looks after 5dc have been completed. Continue around the circle, working over both strands until you have made the number of foundation stitches required. I like to snug up my centre a little by pulling the tail end of my yarn (the knotted end in the photo) every few stitches.
MLCT ~ Step Seven Almost done! The foundation stitches are complete, the round needs to be slip stitched closed to finish it and at that point, pull up on the tail end to close the centre and fasten securely.
MLCT ~ Step Eight This photo shows the completed foundation row. The centre hole has been snugged up by fulling gently on the tail, the round has been closed with a slip stitch and is ready for the next pattern round. You’re done – congratulations!