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How to crochet a circle the smart way

Circle

For the beginners, to crochet a circle, each round is increased by the same number of stitches you started with.
Let us say you started with 6 single crochet in round 1.

Round 1: 6
Round 2: 6*2=12
Round 3: 6*3 =18
Round 4: 6*4 =24
Round 5: 6*5 =30
And so on.

If you started with 8 single crochet
Round 1: 8
Round 2: 8*2 =16
Round 3: 8*3 = 24
Round 4: 8*4 =32
Round 5: 8*5 =40
and so on.

Now how to decide where to put your increases.Simple.

Round 1 no increases.
As you go from round 2, you will notice that your increases are always separated by the number from this equation: Round number minus 2

So for example Round 2 is 2 -2 =0. So the increase will be every stitch. Round 3 is 3 -2=1 So the increases are separated by one regular stitch. Round 4 it is 4 -2=2 so the increases are separated by 2 regular stitches.

Round 1: no increase.
Round 2: increase, increase, increase…….
Round 3: *increase, no increase* Repeat
Round 4: *increase, no increase, no increase* Repeat
Round 5: *increase, no increase, no increase, no increase* Repeat
Round 6: *increase, no increase, no increase, no increase, no increase* Repeat.

I hope this is helpful.

More useful clarifications are given below in the replies to comments.

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9 thoughts on “How to crochet a circle the smart way

  1. Hello, thank you this definitely makes more sense now, however how do you not see the row join, mine are always seen and go off at the diagonal. Doesn’t look the best when I am making beanies and fingerless gloves to give away or sell.

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    1. Hi Louise. Thank you for your comments. Yes when you are working a circle, if you do the increases on top of each other you will have a pinwheel result which makes your work look a bit sideways. I have a very good solution for this and this is what you see in the circle above.If you look closely, you will find the rows where the increases are separated by an odd number, I start the row with the increase and continue as explained. If the row has increases separated by an even number I start with the regular stitches first. This way each row increase is not on top of the increase of the previous row. This is the pattern I make when I do a circle.

      Make one magic circle.

      Row 1: Work 6 sc in circle.

      Row 2: Work 2 sc in each sc. Total 12 sc.

      Row 3: Work *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* 6 times. Total 18 sc.

      Row 4: Work 1 sc in next sc, * 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc* 5 times, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc. Total 24 sc.

      Row 5: Work *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc * 6 times. Total 30 sc.

      Row 6: Work 1 sc in next 3 sc, * 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc * 5 times, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc. Total 36 sc.

      Row 7: Work *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc * 6 times. Total 42 sc.

      Row 8: Work 1 sc in next 4 sc, * 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc * 5 times, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc. Total 48 sc.

      Row 9: Work *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc * 6 times. Total 54 sc.

      If you follow this concept you will always have a neat and professional looking circle. The concept is exactly the same as I explained above in the white circle. The secret is whether to start the row with the increase or the regular stitch. (When I start with the regular stitches, I distribute the number of stitches between the start and the end of the row. I do not make the full number of regular stitches at the beginning).
      For example look at this:

      Row 7: Work *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc * 6 times. Total 42 sc.
      You see that the increases are separated by 5 regular stitches. (Row number 7-2=5). So an odd number of regular stitches. So I start the row with the increase.
      Row 8: Work 1 sc in next 4 sc, * 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc * 5 times, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc. Total 48 sc.
      In row 8 the increases are separated by 6 regular stitches (Row number 8-2=6). So an even number. So I start the row with the regular stitches first, but some of them, not all 6. I started with 4 sc and at the end of the row I added the balance 2 sc to make it 6.

      I hope all is clear. Please tell me if you need more clarification.

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