How to Crochet in Rounds
Crochet is one of the most versatile and creative crafts around, as you can make nearly any shape or figure with a single hook. Learning how to crochet in rounds is one of the most important steps to utilizing crochet as an expressive art medium. If you are learning to crochet and haven’t figured out how to crochet in rounds yet, here’s how I do it:
First I create a chain stitch. If you are using a pattern, pay attention to the number of chain stitches instructed for your round, as well as the type of yarn and the size of the hook. All of this affects your completed round. An incorrect gauge may cause your circle to buckle and not lay flat. Truth be told, I never use patterns, but I’ve learned this lesson through trial and error.
For my round I am using a size 6 mm (US J10) hook and chained 6 stitches.
Next, yarn over and insert your hook in the top of the very first stitch you made. Pull through, then chain two stitches (not shown). The chain counts at the first double-crochet stitch, and will help you to know where the beginning is as you complete each row of rounds.
For this circle, I will use a double-crochet stitch.
To make a double-crochet stitch: Yarn over, then pull your yarn through the loop. You should now have three loops on your hook. Yarn over again and pull through two loops. Two loops should now be left on your hook. Yarn over again and pull through the two loops (one loop should remain). You’ve just created a double crochet stitch!
For my crocheted circles, my first round usually consists of two double-crochet stitches in each loop. This means that since I first created six chain stitches, I should have at least twelve double crochet stitches once I completed my first round. Sometimes, as in the case with the circle pictured below, I create fourteen stitches in a six-stitch chain. I’ve found that having these extra stitches prevents buckling in an otherwise too-tight gauge.
Once you have made twelve (or fourteen) double-crochet stitches, connect the end to the beginning with a slip stitch (which means to insert your hook through the first double crochet chain (remember you created two chain stitches, which acts as your first double-crochet stitch), bring your yarn over, then pull through the loop and chain on your hook. One loop should now remain).
You can make your circle larger by this simple increasing method:
– Your first row consisted of two double-crochet stitches in each loop. This can be viewed as 2+2+2, etc., right? Your next row would then be 2+1+2+1+2…, which means that you will double-crochet two stitches in one loop, but in the next loop you will double-crochet only once. The following loop will have two double-crochet stitches, and the next one after will be just one. Follow this pattern until you reach the end. In the next row, the formula will be 2+1+1+2+1+1+2…., which means you will first create two double-crochet stitches in one loop, then one double-crochet stitch in the next two loops, repeating this pattern until you reach the end. Follow this pattern for each consecutive row of rounds (three double-crochet stitches in three single loops for every two double-crochet stitches in one loop, and so on) until you reach your desired width.
Have another crochet question? Send me an e-mail at ChaunceyPGraham[at]Gmail[dot]com!