Magic Ring or Adjustable Ring
When you crochet a motif you want the center to look even and tidy.
One could start making a motif by crocheting a couple of chains and join these chains by a slip stitch. Then you work for example double crochets into your chains ancd create a circle. Crocheting that way your center will possibly look uneven or bigger as you want it to be.
The magic ring/adjustable ring is a technique, where you make the center hole in a motif as small and tidy as possible. (Or as big as you want it to be)
In the photo tutorial below I show you, how you can achieve this in a neat way with the magic circle/adjustable ring technique. In this example 14 double crochets are crocheted into the ring. You can make more or less stitches or replace the double crochets with another kind of stitch.
Make two loops with the yarn over your two left fingers. The tail of the yarn is hanging down at the right side of my fingers:
Put the hook beneath the 2 loops on your fingers. Yarn over hook:
Pull the yarn through both loops:
Yarn over again:
Pull yarn through loop:
You have now made the magical ring and can continue crocheting stitches into your ring.
Work 14 double crochets into ring. While you do this crochet both threads together:
Hold work with one hand and pull one tail and then the other tail of the yarn, so the center ring closes nicely. You might have to try a couple of times which tail to pull first:
Close the ring with one slip stitch in beginning chain’s 3′rd chain:
Your center looks tidy and not crooked at all. In this example I use a rather thick, mercerized cotton yarn. If you choose a thinner yarn, your inner circle will become almost invisible.
You can make the center hole smaller or larger as you please.