A magic ring is the ideal way to start crocheting in the round. You start crocheting over an adjustable loop and finally pull the loop tight when you have finished the required number of stitches. The advantage of this method is that there's no hole left in the middle of your starting round.
Start with the yarn crossed to form a circle (1). Draw up a loop with your hook but don't pull it tight (2). Hold the circle with your index finger and thumb, and wrap the working yarn over your middle finger (3). Make one chain stitch by wrapping the yarn over the hook and pulling it through the loop on your hook (4). Now insert your hook into the loop and underneath the tail. Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw up a loop (6). Wrap the yarn over the hook again and draw it through both loops on your hook (7). You have now completed your first single crochet (8). Continue to crochet until you have the required number of stitches as mentioned in the pattern. Now grab the yarn tail and pull to draw the centre of the ring tightly closed (9). You can now begin your second round by crocheting into the first stitch of the first round. You can use a stitch marker to remember where you started.
If you do not prefer this technique, you can start each piece using the following technique: ch 2, x sc into the second chain from the hook - where x is the number of sc stitches you would make in your magic ring.
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