Did you know that Crochetville’s very own Donna Hulka created one of the first magic adjustable ring tutorials back in 2005? She posted her instructions on the Crochet Me website on December 23, 2005. Now we’re pleased to (finally!) bring her instructions over to our own blog for your convenience!
Just What Is a Magic Adjustable Ring?
Have you ever fought and struggled and ripped and re-ripped both your yarn and hair, trying to make your starting round neat and tidy with a center hole as small as possible? Of course you have. And maybe, just maybe, that unsightly center hole has even kept you from crocheting in the round at all. Well, no more. Now you will be armed with the trusty (some might even say magic) adjustable ring and you will be dancing circles around those circles.
Be forewarned—once you have made an adjustable ring, you will never be the same. You may never go back to other ways of making a ring. I know I haven’t. There are a lot of photos. But don’t worry; you’ll be sailing through this in no time.
This tutorial assumes you know how to chain, slip stitch, and double crochet. For demonstration purposes, each of these three beginning rounds has 15 dcs worked into the center, plus the first ch-3 (which counts as the first dc) equals 16 dc.
Magic Adjustable Ring Instructions
US pattern notations used.
Make a large loop by putting the yarn tail behind the working yarn (the yarn coming from the skein) (Figures 1-2), leaving at least a six-inch tail until you become familiar with this method (Figure 3). Later, you may leave a shorter tail if desired.
With your hook, draw the working yarn through the loop, so you have one loop on the hook (Figures 4-6).
Ch 3 (counts as first dc) (Figure 7).
How you hold the loop while you work the stitches into it is personal preference, but I find it convenient to put both my pinky and ring finger inside the loop to hold it tight (Figure 8.)
Dc into the loop, crocheting over the tail (Figure 9). Continue to work as many dcs as needed for you pattern into the loop. (Don’t forget to keep crocheting over the tail.)
When you are finished working stitches into the loop, you will likely find that the tail has curled around the loop a few times (Figure 10).
To make it easier to draw the loop closed, first untwist the tail (Figure 11); then pull the tail to draw the loop closed. You can leave an open hole in the center (Figure 12) or draw it closed very tightly (Figure 13).