Every time I post a photo of my crocheted circle, I get a lot of questions asking how I get my circle so perfect! Personally, I don't think it's perfect but I wanted to share with you how I work my circles when crocheting in the round.
This is a standard way to start a top-down beanie, coasters, large rugs, etc. Basically anything in a circle. I recorded a video for a Top-Down Beanie and figured I'd kill 2 birds with one stone and make a video specially for this.
The pattern and video will be available here!
The simple trick is to start your rounds with a chain 2 that does NOT count as a stitch. Then when you're increasing, you want to always end with the increase stitch. That's it! At least, that's what I do!
For this tutorial, I used Knitter's Pride's Dreamz Single Ended Crochet Hooks. They are very comfortable to hold and work with. I actually have their Dreamz Interchangeable Tunisian Hooks as well. You can check that out in my last post, Tunisian Lace Stitch Tutorial.
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5.5mm Crochet Hook - I used Knitter's Pride's Dreamz Crochet Hook
ch – Chain
st(s) – Stitch(es)
sl st – Slip Stitch
beg – Beginning
rep – Repeat
dc – Double Crochet
The beginning chain 2 does not count as a chain stitch.
Increase - This means you will work 2 dc sts into one st.
Round 1 - Start with a magic ring (Video Tutorial) ch2, 12dc into ring/circle. sl st to the beg dc (12 sts) Round 2 - ch2, 2 dc into each st around. sl st to the beg dc (24 sts) Round 3 - ch2, *1dc in the first st, 2dc in the next. Rep from * around. End with an increase. sl st to the beg dc (36 sts).
Round 4 - ch2, *1dc in the next 2 sts, 2dc in the next. Rep from * around. End with an increase. sl st to the beg dc (48 sts).
Round 5 - ch2, *1dc in the next 3 sts, 2dc in the next. Rep from * around. End with an increase. sl st to the beg dc ( 60 sts).
Depending on what size circle you're making, this is how you will continue the increases for each round.
Round 6: increase every 5th st
Round 7: increase every 6th st
Round 8: increase every 7th st
Round 9: increase every 8th st
Round 10: increase every 9th st.... and so forth.
This is the beanie I made with this circle! Check out the free pattern & video!
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