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Beginner Crochet: Circles

crochet circle feature_edited-1When I wanted information on how to crochet a flat circle, I turned to YouTube. The videos that I watched explained how a flat circle is made by crocheting concentric rows or rounds. Each round is increased by the number of stitches that are in the beginning round. This sounds confusing, but is really very simple once you get started.

Single Crochet Circle.  I found two videos that show different methods for creating a single crochet circle. The first is Catherine Hirst’s How to Do a Crochet Circle (Click on title to link to the video. In the video, Catherine mistakenly says she is double crocheting but actually she is single crocheting).

pin in first stitch

Following Catherine’s video, I formed the center of the circle by single crocheting into the starting chain stitch.  Then I crocheted continuous rounds using a safety pin to mark the first stich in each round. Moving the safety pin up with each row, made it easy to tell when I came to the end of a row. I could easily count the number of stitches in each row. It was simple to follow Catherine’s clear instructions on  how to increase the stitches with each round. The first round increases with every stitch, the second round every other stitch, the third round every third stitch, the fourth round every fourth stitch, and so on. I liked Catherine’s method  because there is no seam where the rounds are joined. However, with Catherine’s method of increasing the stitches the circle becomes more of a hexagon shape.

The second video I followed, was by Beth in Texas. It’s one of her Back to Basic’s crochet videos. In Beth’s video, I started the center with a magic circle. It took me a few trys before I got the hang of it.  I do like the magic circle, however, because it creates a nice tight center.

tight slip stitch

I joined each round with a slip stitch. I found Beth’s tip on how to tighten up the slip stitch, invaluable. This really enabled me to distinguish the slip stitch from a single crochet stitch when counting the stitches in each row. The only drawback to Beth’s method is that you do see the slip stitches joining the rows.

Beth in Texas circle

Beth explains that by having the first stitch be the increase in alternating rows the circle, the circle avoids becoming a hexagon.  Beth’s formula is: Increase by 6 every row. Slip stitch in the beginning single crochet at the end of each round.

Round 1:Begin with 6 sc in ring.

Round 2: increase in every sc. =12 sc.

Round 3: (1 sc,  1 increase) x 6 =18 sc.

Round 4: (1 increase, 2 sc) x6 =24 sc.

Round 5: (3 sc, 1 increase) x6 =30 sc.

Round 6: (1 increase, 4 sc) x6 =36 sc.

Round 7: (5 sc, 1 increase) x6 =42 sc.

Continue increasing sc between increases until circle is desired size

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Double Crochet Circle. Again, I followed a Beth in Texas video.

I found Beth’s formula for a double crochet circle to be the same as her single crochet circle, except I started with 12 stitches in my first round, so I increased each round by 12 stitches. I kept forgetting that the beginning chain 3 is counted as a double crochet stitch, and I would end up with too many stitches in a row. It was definitely necessary for me to count my stitches after each row to stay on track with my stitch count.

Round 1: Begin with 12 dc in ring.

Round 2: increase in every dc. =24 dc

Round 3: (1 sc,  1 increase) x12 =36 sc.

Round 4: (1 increase, 2 sc) x12 =48 sc.

Round 5: (3 sc, 1 increase) x12 =60 sc.

Round 6: (1 increase, 4 sc) x12 =72 sc.

Round 7: (5 sc, 1 increase) x12 =84 sc.

Continue increasing sc between increases until circle is desired size.

double crochet circle increase

This is a diagram of how to create a double crochet circle. It follows Beth’s method of having the first stitch be the increase in alternating rows. From watching videos, I found that there are several ways to increase the stitches when crocheting a circle. None are necessarily right or wrong, but everyone has their preferred method. Several of the videos I watched pointed out that when following a pattern, it will specify how to crochet the circle for that particular project.

Find out more about crocheting circles on my Pinterest board. Click on the Lisa Ault ~ Corn Maiden.
Follow Lisa Ault ~ Corn Maiden’s board Crochet ~ Circles on Pinterest.

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hi-liter bottom

I didn’t want to discard the pretty, single crochet circle I’d made, so I decided to try making a cover for an ugly plastic container that sits on my desk. I knew from crocheting my String Bag, that if I continued to crochet the rounds without increasing the stitches, a basket shape would form. When my circle was slightly bigger than the container, I stopped increasing my stitches in every row. I continued with increasing every fourth row by only one stitch. I finished off the top with a single row of reverse single crochet. I turned the piece inside out so that the right side of my stitches would be on the exterior.

crochet hi-lighter holder

I do believe the crochet cover is an improvement over the plastic container. But, I must say, I crack a little smile when I look at it. It makes me think of the silly crocheted toilet paper cover that used to be in my Aunt’s bathroom. Ah, childhood memories!

2 Comments on "Beginner Crochet: Circles"

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  1. carol says:

    Looks as if you are keeping busy I enjoyed this as I do quite a bit crocheting making afghans and prayer shawls for church. Keep up the good work Love your blog love you carol

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks, Carol. I’m glad you like my blog. At present I’m trying to crochet a vest. I thought I picked an easy pattern, but it has been very difficult. I will post it if I ever get it finished. I would love to get some of your wonderful recipes to post. I often dream about your hickory nut cake. Take care, Lisa

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