When you want a center ring that is open instead of closed like the magic ring, you start out with a ring of chain stitches, after which your first round is worked over the ring. Make a series of chain stitches as mentioned in the pattern, close with a slip stitch in the first chain to make a ring (1). Now insert your hook into the center of the ring, instead of into the chain stitch (2). Complete the stitch in the usual way. Follow the pattern instructions to determine how many stitches to work in the ring.
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