Adjustable Loop

The Adjustable Loop is a wonderfully easy way to start a crocheted square or circle like our Granny Circle Placemats pictured above. It's much neater than the traditional slip knot and chain and will start your crochet project off right!

To begin, loop the end of the yarn (the "tail") behind the yarn coming from the skein (the "main yarn") to form a circle like this:

Hold the loop where the yarns cross, like this:

Bring the hook through the front of the loop to grab the main yarn:

Pull the stitch through to the front of the loop:

Now chain the number of stitches you need to start your pattern (in this case 3 chain stitches will form the first double crochet):

Continue to work into the loop, crocheting over the tail, until according to your pattern, you have finished the round:

At some point, you can pull the tail nice and tight, and the center ring will close together beautifully!

Make sure to weave the center tail in very thoroughly to secure your loop!

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11 Responses to Adjustable Loop

  1. justjayma says:

    Do you have a tutorial/pattern for this pretty circle that you share here?

  2. purl bee says:

    Hi Justjayma-

    The free pattern for these placemats can be found here:

    Thank you for your question!

  3. justjayma says:

    Those are the same pattern? WOW! They look so different when the get that large! Thank you for your response!

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Again Justjayma-

    This is just the tutorial on how to start a circular crochet pattern. For the full pattern on how to make the placemats please go to the link in our previous comment. Thanks again for the comment!

  5. Isabella says:

    Wow!! This is so beautiful! Are you single or double crocheting??
    By the way, I adore your blog!

  6. purl bee says:

    Hi Isabella,

    Here we're working double crochets into the adjustable loop, but single crochets would work just as well!

    Thanks for asking!

  7. Dolly says:

    In step 2 you have join MC into any chain 1 space. Where are you getting the ch 1 sps?

  8. Dolly says:

    In step 2 you have join MC into any chain 1 space. Where are you getting the ch 1 sps?

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Dolly,

    I'd love to help you, but I'm not sure what step 2 you are referring to, or what chain 1 space. Does your question have to do with the adjustable loop tutorial or some other project?

    Please let us know so we can get to the bottom of your question!


  10. Cindy says:

    This is impossible!! How can you do that???

  11. LitlBits2013 says:

    I've watched videos of this technique and some of them seem so confusing! Your explanation is as easy as can be – thank you so much for "unraveling" what some have made so very confusing!
    So much easier………….

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