The Two Most Common Ways to Start a Crochet Square

Are you here because you want to learn how to start a crochet square correctly? If so, then you are in the right place. Whether you’re dreaming of crocheting cozy blankets, granny bags, or anything in between, getting your square started right is key.

Today, we’ll explore the two most common methods to start a crochet square: the Chain Loop and the Magic Ring.

Chain Loop Method

Chain Loop (aka chain ring) Starting Method

What It Is

The Chain Loop method is like the “classic rock” of crochet beginnings. If you’ve been crocheting for a minute, you’ve probably used this technique before.

How to Do It

  1. Chain Stitches: Start by chaining a certain number of stitches. Usually, it’s about 4 to 6.
  2. Join: Slip stitch into the first chain to form a loop.
  3. Start Crocheting: Work your first round of stitches into the loop.

Pros & Cons

  • Pros: Easy to learn and perfect for beginners.
  • Cons: The hole in the center can be a bit large, which may not be ideal for all projects.

I used the chain loop method in our basic granny square tutorial and our granny square chart guide too. The chart is a free printable, so if you want to make a granny square after you learn about these starting methods, you will be ready!

Magic Ring Method

Magic Circle Starting Method

What It Is

Ah, the Magic Ring—a game changer for those who like their centers nice and tight. It’s more modern, which is perfect for squares and projects like amigurumi.

How to Do It

  1. Create a Loop: Make a loop with your yarn, making sure the tail end is under the working yarn.
  2. Insert Hook: Put your crochet hook through the loop and hook the working yarn.
  3. Start Crocheting: Work your first round of stitches around both the loop and the yarn tail.
    • The instructions above are just a summary, so be sure to check out the magic circle (magic ring) guide below!

New to the Magic Ring? You may want to learn more about how to make a magic ring with this step-by-step guide.

Pros & Cons

  • Pros: Creates a tight center. Ideal for projects where a hole in the middle is a no-go.
  • Cons: Takes a little practice to master, but it’s worth it.

So, which method should you use? If you’re new, or you’re fine with a looser center, the Chain Loop is a good choice. But if you want a snug-as-a-bug center, the Magic Ring is your best bet. Either way, happy crocheting!

You are welcome to share your favorite method in the comments below!

Free Crochet Square Patterns

Use the two different square starting methods you learn about above on one of our crochet square patterns.

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