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Sliding Loop or Magic Ring

During crochet in round we often use initial ring, into it we making the first round of stitches. It can be to made of chain stitches or using Sliding Loop. In some sources sliding loop called as Magic Ring.

Sliding Loop allows to make invisible, dense and well adjustable ring. Sliding Loop you can be done in various ways. Let's consider the most simple and convenient ones.

Method #1 - Sliding Loop

Put the free end of the yarn on the left palm as shown in the photo. Wrap the working end of the yarn through the index finger.

How to make Sliding Loop Method 1, Step 1

Insert your hook from right to left under yarn which lies on the thumb.

How to make Sliding Loop Method 1, Step 2

Rotate the hook clockwise.

How to make Sliding Loop Method 1, Step 3

Grab the yarn and pull it through loop on hook.

How to make Sliding Loop Method 1, Step 4

We made the Sliding loop. Make necessary number of stitches (indicated in the diagram) into it, and then pull the free end of the yarn to tighten ring.

How to make Sliding Loop Method 1, Step 5

Method #2 - Sliding Loop

The first step is same as in method #1: put the free end of the yarn on the left palm and wrap it through the index finger.

Then wrap  the working yarn around the thumb from the bottom up.

How to make Sliding Loop Method 2, Step 1

In the formed loop insert the hook from the bottom up and grab the yarn.

How to make Sliding Loop Method 2, Step 2

Pull the yarn into loop and tighten the knot. You get the sliding loop.

How to make Sliding Loop Method 2, Step 3

Method #3 - Sliding Loop or Magic Ring

Wrap thread around index finger a twice.

How to make Sliding Loop or Magic Ring Method 3, Step 1

Take a formed ring off the finger and grab it with thumb and middle finger of the left hand. Grab the working yarn with the hook and pull it through ring.

How to make Sliding Loop or Magic Ring Method 3, Step 2

Again grab the working yarn and pull it through formed loop.

How to make Sliding Loop or Magic Ring Method 3, Step 3

Please note - in the first two cases the sliding loop is single, in the third - double.