When Jennifer of Jaybird Designs e-mailed asking to include my adjustable ring tutorial as her favorite tip/trick in a newsletter she was guest authoring, I was flattered and my answer was, “Absolutely!” The adjustable ring is a method of beginning crochet in the round so that the starting tail can be used to pull the center hole tightly closed (or pulled to leave an opening of any size you want). I’m as thrilled about this technique now as I was the day I discovered it four years ago. I wanted to grab every crocheter I could find and say, “Do you know about this? You need to know about this!” And so I submitted it to the then online magazine (since turned online community), Crochet Me, and it was published in the December 2004/January 2005 issue. I titled it The Magic Adjustable Ring: A Better Way to Begin Crochet in the Round because to me, it really was magic, changing my whole outlook on crocheting anything that started as a circle.
The newsletter Jennifer guest authored this month (July 2008) was Yarn Can Make This! from the web site YouCanMakeThis.com. Although the web site recently turned two years old, this was the first issue of Yarn Can Make This!, a newcomer in addition to their other two newsletters, You Can Make This! and You Can Sew This! If you’re a subscriber to the newsletter, I hope you enjoyed my adjustable ring tutorial! If you’re not (yet!), you can see the archived issue online.
Two other methods of forming a ring include joining a chain and crocheting into the first chain (see my tutorial). These have their uses, of course, but I hope some day all crocheters will have the adjustable ring in their repertoire. I include it in nearly every round pattern I design for publication, hoping the editor will have it illustrated for the the how-to section of the book.* I’m on a mission, folks! ;-)
*One of the places you can see the adjustable ring illustrated is in Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution by Kim Werker (page 130). My design in that book is the Circle Rug, made of 60 circle motifs joined in a unique and sturdy fashion (page 125).