Learn how to knit perfectly flat circles every time! Whether you're making a single crochet, half double crochet, or a double crochet circle, this blog post and tutorial will show you how to crochet a flat circle for beginners.
We provide step-by-step instructions and helpful tips and tricks to keep your circle flat, smooth, and round. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced crocheter, this tutorial is for you!
Knitting a flat circle seems so easy, but it can be surprisingly tricky! If you get your stitch count wrong, your circle will be puckered or hollow instead of nice and flat.
But do not worry! In this article, I explain my foolproof method for making perfectly flat crochet circles every time. I will guide you step by step with easy to follow instructions. Whether you're just learning to crochet or have been knitting for years, this tutorial is for you!
Once you learn how to knit a flat circle, you can use it in all sorts of projects. Circles are also very versatile: you can use this skill to create amigurumi hats, baskets, bags, and toys.
New to crochet?Learning to knit a circle is just one of the many techniques that every beginning crocheter should learn. For more information onhow to hookTake a look at these articles onsix basic crochet stitcheshow to knit straight edges and how to change color when knitting.
How to crochet a flat circle
Before you start, there are a few things you should know. First, it's important to choose the correct thread and needle for your project. For beginners, I recommend selecting aflat worsted yarnis aHook size H (5.0 mm)..
The type of thread you use will affect the size of the finished circle, so keep this in mind when making your selection. And of course checkcrochet size chartto see which needle to use with which thread.
Now that you've gathered your supplies, let's get started!
the basic pattern
Before I give you the full written pattern for a crochet circle, I want to first explain the basic concept.
- To knit a flat circle, start with amagic ringor a loop of chain stitches. Then do the first round of points in the magic ring.
- In each subsequent round, you evenly increase the same number of points you started with.
Each subsequent round adds the same number of points that you did in the magic ring. As you knit, the number of stitches increases with each round.
Start with the first round
So now you have the basic concept in mind. Let's talk about how many stitches to start with. Depending on the stitch you are using, you may want to start with a different number of stitches.
How many points to start?
In general, the higher the stitch, the more stitches you'll need to make on the first round to keep the circle flat.
- Use 6-8 stitches in the first row tosingle crochet.
- Use 8-10 stitches on the first row tohalf double crochet.
- Use 10-12 stitches on the first row tocrochet doble crochet doble.
The correct number of stitches to start with can also vary depending on the thread tension. If your tightness is too tight, you may need to size up; If your tension is loose, use the smaller number.
The magic formula of progression
Now that you know how many stitches to start with, you need to know how many stitches to increase each round.
fortunately there isbasic augmentation formulathat you can use to make flat crochet circles no matter what type of stitch you use (sc, hdc, or dc!). You can use this magnifying pattern to get perfectly flat circles with no creases, creases, or scalloped edges.
First, start with the correct number of stitches as described above. Then follow this magnification formula.
Use: The increasing formula is the same whether you start with a single crochet, half treble crochet, or single crochet.
Increase the formula for flat circles.
Round 1:make amagic ring🇧🇷 Start with the recommended number of stitches as shown above.
2nd round:Make 2 stitches around each stitch.
Ronda 3:Make 2 stitches in the first stitch of the previous row and 1 stitch in the next stitch. Repeat around.
Ronda 4:Make 2 stitches in the first stitch of the previous round and 1 stitch in each of the next 2. Repeat around.
Ronda 5:Make 2 stitches in the first stitch and 1 stitch in each of the next 3 stitches. Repeat around.
Ronda 6:Make 2 stitches in the first stitch, then 1 stitch in each of the next 4 stitches. Repeat around.
you can see the pattern. Each round increases the same amount of points you made on the magic ring in round 1. And with each round the increases get further and further away.
With how many points to start over?
As we discussed earlier, you can adjust the initial stitch count based on the type of stitch you're using.
- For the single crochet, start with 6 stitches in the magic ring and increase 6 stitches each round.
- For the half double crochet, start with 8 magic ring stitches and increase 8 stitches each round.
- For the double crochet, start with 12 magic ring stitches and increase each row by 12 stitches.
Remind:When you start new rows of double crochet, make three chain stitches. This ch-3 counts as your first double crochet.
How to crochet a flat circle
Ok, now that you know how to upload, let's look at a complete written pattern.
In the example below, I'll show you how to make a circle starting with six single crochet stitches. I will also work on connected rounds. (Be sure to scroll down to see a version of this pattern worked in spiral loops, like for amigurumi.)
Observation:The ch at the beginning of each round does not count as a point.
Round 1:Make a magic ring. Make 6 sc in the magic ring. Pbb to enter the round. (6M)
2nd round:Ch 1. Inc in each sc around. Pbb to enter the round. (12 points)
Ronda 3:Ch 1. (Inc, sc) Repeat around. Pbb to enter the round. (18M)
Ronda 4:Ch 1. (Inc, 2 sc) Repeat around. Pbb to enter the round. (24M)
Ronda 5:Ch 1. (Inc, 3 sc) Repeat around. Pbb to enter the round. (30M)
Ronda 5:Ch 1. (Inc, 4 sc) Repeat around. Pbb to enter the round. (30M)
Bribe:Place a stitch marker at the first stitch of each round. Move the point marker to mark the first point of each new round.
Spiral rounds vs. rounds connected
In the previous tutorial, you learned how to knit a circle with connected loops. This means that you have connected each round with a slip stitch and have started each new round with a reverse chain stitch.
But you can use the same Magic Increase formula to make flat circles into continuous circles (aka spirals) of single stitches. This spiral method is often used to make amigurumis.
How to knit a circle in spiral loops:
Instead of joining each row, work the first stitch of the new row into the first stitch of the previous row, no slip stitches to join, no chain stitches to start the next row.
Then increase evenly each round, following the same formula we discussed above. As you work, your crochet circle will become a spiral.
Here is an example pattern:
Round 1:Work 6 sc into a magic ring.
2nd round:6 inks. (12M)
Ronda 3:(Inc, FM) 6 Mal. (18M)
Ronda 4:(increase, 2 sc) 6 mal. (24M)
Ronda 5:(Aum, 3 pb) 6 mal. (30M)
Ronda 6:(aum, 4 pb) 6 mal. (36M)
Ronda 7:(increase, 5 sc) 6 mal. (42M)
To make larger circles, knit more rows, increasing 6 stitches per row.
How to keep circles flat
If you've ever crocheted a circular motif like a circle or mandala, you may have wondered why the circle sometimes curves or puckers. Let's take a closer look at the causes of these problems and how you can easily solve them.
Why does my crochet circle start to ripple?
If your circle starts to pucker, it could be because you have too many stitches or are knitting too loosely.
To correct this problem, try starting with fewer stitches, increasing less often, or decreasing the needle size. You can also try locking your crochet to see if that helps fix the curled edges.
Why is my crochet circle rolled up in a bowl?
If your crochet circle is rolling into a bowl, it could be because you are missing stitches or knitting too tight.
To correct this problem, try starting with more stitches, increasing more often, or increasing the needle size.
How to make round circles (not hexagons)
Do you sometimes find that your crochet circles look a bit like hexagons? This is a common problem, especially when working with unique minima. But luckily there is a simple solution.
Why is this happening?
Let's look at a crochet circle made following the pattern instructions. You will notice that all the increases are stacked on top of the increases in the previous row.
Over time, these stacked bumps will distort the shape and create jagged corners that make the circle look more like a hexagon.
how did i correct it
To fix this and get the smooth sides we're looking for, all we have to do is vary the increase placement from round to round. We distribute the crescent stitches so that they do not stack on top of each other.
When writing patterns, I like to change the position of the increases on even rounds, starting with round 6, like this:
Rounds 1-5:work normally. (30 points)
Ronda 6:2 pb (aum, 4 pb) cinco veces, aum, 2 pb (36 pts)
Ronda 7:(inc, 5 fM) secsmal (42 M)
Ronda 8:3 pb (aum, 6 pb) cinco veces, aum, 3 pb (48 pts)
Ronda 9:(inc, 7 fM) secsmal (54 M)
Ronda 10:4 pb (aum, 8 pb) cinco veces, aum, 4 pb (60 pts)
As you can see, I have changed the position of the increases every two turns. This will distribute the boosts so they don't stack. And as a result, you get a beautiful round circle with smooth sides.
What to do with the crochet circles?
Here are some patterns that use crochet circles.
- Easy Crochet Bucket Hat Pattern
- How to Crochet a Granny Sunburst Square
- Easy Crochet Can Cozy – Kostenloses Muster
More crochet patterns
To learn even more about crochet, check out these related tutorials.
- How to crochet a granny square for beginners
- How to crochet a scarf for beginners
- Easy Crochet Hat Template
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- Round 1: Do amagic ring🇧🇷 Make 6 sc in the magic ring. Pbb to enter the round. (6M)
- Round 2: Ch 1 Inc in each tr. Pbb to enter the round. (12 points)
- Round 3: 1 ch. (Inc, sc) Repeat around. Pbb to enter the round. (18M)
- Round 4: 1 ch. (Increase, 2 sc) Repeat around. Pbb to enter the round. (24M)
- Round 5: 1 ch. (Inc, 3 sc) Repeat around. Pbb to enter the round. (30M)
- Round 5: 1 ch. (Inc, 4 sc) Repeat around. Pbb to enter the round. (30M)
- Work more rows and evenly increase 6 stitches on each row.
Observation:The ch at the beginning of each round does not count as a point.
The pattern above shows how to make a circle starting with six single crochets in connected loops.
Be sure to read the rest of the post to learn how to knit half double crochet and double crochet circles and how to knit spiral loops.
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