How to Crochet in Rounds to Make a Flat Circle

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How to Crochet in Rounds to Make a Flat Circle
Crocheting in rounds brings each rows' ends together. (Steve Mason/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The key to creating a shape with crochet is in the increase and decrease crochet stitches from one round to another. When crocheting in rounds, increasing and decreasing stitches can change the shape by defining the swatch into shapes that take three-dimensional forms, such as tubes or balls. Crocheting in rounds to create a flat shape involves increasing the number of stitches in each round to keep it from curling into a three-dimensional form.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Size H crochet hook

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Chain a ring of three stitches. To form the ring out of the chain, after the three stitches, slip-stitch to the end of the chain.

  2. 2

    Crochet round one. Chain one and continue to single crochet around the ring. After 10 single crochet stitches, join to the first single crochet with a slip stitch.

  3. 3

    Crochet round two. Chain two and half-double crochet two stitches in the same stitch that joins the beginning and end of round one. Continue to half-double crochet two stitches in each single crochet stitch. Not counting the first short chain, there should now be 20 half-double crochet stitches. Join to the first double crochet in this round with a slip stitch.

  4. 4

    Crochet round three. Chain two half-double crochet stitches in the same stitch that joins the beginning and end of round two. This time, as you half-double crochet your way around, switch between one half-double crochet stitch in two stitches, and two half-double crochet stitches in one stitch, starting with one half-double crochet stitch in the first stitch. Stop short of the last two stitches and half-double crochet once in those last two. The pattern in this round should look like this: 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1. If you were to count them you would find 30 half-double crochet stitches total. Join to the first double crochet in this round with a slip stitch.

  5. 5

    Crochet round four. Chain two and half-double crochet two stitches in the same stitch that joins the beginning and end of round three. As you half-double crochet your way around, switch between one half-double crochet stitch in three stitches and two half-double crochet stitches in one stitch, starting with one half double crochet stitch in the first stitch. Stop short of the last two stitches and half double crochet once in those last three. The pattern in this round should look like this: 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 1, 1. This makes 40 half double crochet stitches total. Join to the first double crochet in this round with a slip stitch.

  6. 6

    Continue using this pattern for as many rounds as you like. Essentially, you are adding 10 half-double crochet stitches to each round. In each round, start with a chain of two stitches and double-crochet twice in that same stitch. Subtract one from the round number you're working on, and this gives the number of half-double crochet stitches you make before making two half-double stitches in a single stitch. End each round by joining the last half-double crochet to the first with a slip stitch.

Tips and warnings

  • To ensure that your yarn is of the correct gauge, after the first four rounds, check to make sure that your circle measures three inches across.

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