The magic loop is a simple way to start any crochet project in a round, such as a granny square or pot holders. The adjustable center allows ample room to make your first round without having to guess your chain count.
Start with your yarn or thread wrapped twice around your fingers of your off hand. Right handers will wrap around their left hand fingers. Slip your hook under the threads and single crochet around the bundle. For a granny square chain three and then double crochet in the loop. Double crochet two more times, to make a set of four. Chain three then double crochet four. Repeat until you have four sets of four, finish by chaining three and attach to third chain of the first stitch. Tie off if you will be changing colors.
To close the magic loop, simply pull the tail of your original loop. Gently coax the loop closed. trim the end to two or three inches, then weave the ends into the stitches.
Using the magic loop allows easier access to the center while making your stitches, as well as giving a cleaner less bulky look. Try it the next time you begin a circular crochet project.
Check these local stores for yarn and thread:
Hobby Lobby, 2728 E. Colonial Drive
JoAnn's ETC Craft Store, 3562 E. Colonial Drive or 825 N Alafaya Drive
Michael's Craft Store, 1766 Sand Lake Road, 8081 Turkey Lake Road or 400 N Alafaya Trail