Stitching can be a fun activity, especially if it is knitting. Crafting a well knitted sweater can be very satisfying and make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside.
If you are only starting to learn knitting, jumping straight into a sweater won’t be a great idea, as there might be a lot of chances of messing it up. You need to start stitching and knitting something smaller in scale, like a crochet.
Crochets can be of many different types, shapes and sizes. They are a nice piece of craft and can be very pretty when knitted with colorful yarn. Learning how to knit a crochet can be something you can start with before you dive into knitting something more complex.
However, we are not talking about all crochets here, but specifically the circular ones. We assume you want to learn how to crochet a circle, as you are reading this article.
Worry not, we will explain everything about crocheting a circle, the materials you will need, how you will do it, and how to fix mistakes made while crocheting.
So without further ado, let’s learn about crocheting circles!
A Crochet is a handicraft that is crafted using yarn and made up into a textured fabric using hooked needles. Crochets can be used for various purposes. You can use crocheted fabric to knit sweaters, shawls, scarfs, mats, carpets, table mats, etc.
Necessary Materials and Tools
In order to crochet a circle, you will mainly need 2 materials. A yarn ball of any color that you prefer, and a hooked needle for sewing in the threads. Keep a pair of scissors with you, just in case.
How to Crochet a Circle
Now that we have established the materials that we will be needing to crochet this circle, we may move on to actually doing it. Let’s look at each round of stitching the crochet.
Round 1: Do a Single Crochet Stitch to Form a Circle
Start with forming a slip knot and do two chain stitches. Make 6 single crochet stitches into the second chain from the hook. Join the end of the round using slip stitch again.
One thing you want to note is that, you can choose between single crochet and double crochet stitches and depending on that, use 6-10 stitches and 10-14 stitches respectively.
Round 2: Make 2 Single Crochet Stitches in Each Stitch
In the second round, use two single crochet stitches for each stitch that you have already made. By doing this, you will get a total of 12 single crochet stitches for round two.
But in case you started with a different number of stitches, you’re supposed to have twice as many stitches as round one. Join them by doing a slip stitch.
Round 3: Create a Pattern of Single Crochet Stitches
In this round, you have to use two single crochet stitches for the next stitch. And then when that’s done, you have to alternate between one and two stitches. If you started the crochet circle with six single crochet stitches, you will be ending this round with 18 single crochet stitches.
But if you started with other numbers of stitches, this round should have three times the number of stitches as the first round. Make a slip stitch to the first stitch to join it.
Round 4: Do another Single Stitch Pattern
Now you have to do a single crochet stitch for the next stitch, and then another single crochet stitch in the following stitch. After that, do two more single crochet stitches in the next stitch. Repeat this pattern around your circle, and join with the first stitch with a slip stitch.
Round 5: Repeat and Grow the Circle
You can continue growing the pattern for as long as you want. For each round, just add another single crochet stitch before doing two single crochet stitches.
For example, while stitching the fifth round you will have to do a single crochet stitch in each of the first three stitches, and then two more single crochet stitches in the next stitch. And in round six, you will have to do a single crochet stitch in each of the first four stitches, and then two more single crochet stitches in the next stitch.
Hope that’s not too hard to understand. For achieving a more finished edge, you can slip stitch in each stitch all the way around.
1. The Potato Chip
If you see your crochet is getting super ruffled around the edges, that’s the potato chip effect. This occurs when there are excessive stitches around the outside of your growing circle. Chances are, while stitching rounds 1 and 2 were correct, but the other stitches may have too many increases.
To prevent your circle from ruffling, try pulling back a few rounds and skip a round. Let’s say, you could pull back to round 4, and then crochet round 6 instead of round 5. Due to skipping a set of increases, you will end up having less number of stitches with a flatter edge.
2. The Bowl
Your crochet looks like a bowl, if you complete rounds 1 and 2 correctly, but then continue without increasing it at all. The sides may curl up, beginning the formation of a structure similar to a bowl or a basket.
If you see this happening, try to repeat the round you’ve just finished. So if you’re on round 5, do another round 5 stitching before going on to round 6. That should solve this issue.
So there you have it. That should be all for a tutorial for how to crochet a circle. Hopefully by now you should be able to stitch a perfectly flat circle with a crochet.
So what are you waiting for? Go crocheting a circle today!