As soon as someone knows that I crochet the first thing they say is, "that is so hard". You know I used to be one of those people. I started crocheting, or what I thought was crocheting, when my Grandma Jacobson showed me how to chain around the age of 10. And you know what...I could chain with the best of them. I didn't realize til much later that there was a lot more to crocheting than I originally thought.
Wanting to actually make something (like hats) I knew I would have to learn how to crochet. One of the best resources I found was YouTube. There is nothing like a video to show you exactly what you need to be doing. Especially since my wonderfully talented Grandma is no longer around to show me.
Many years and video's later there are still some things that I struggle with. One was the "Magic Ring", "Adjustable Ring" or "Magic Loop". 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? Well I 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. I found this video and it literally changed my life. It's short and to the point and will have you re-thinking the start of every "in the round" project.