How To Crochet A Circle
Why Crochet in the Round?Though I love nothing more than finishing a project, the actual "finishing" of crochet is my least favorite thing. I just don't like weaving in all the ends and seaming the pieces. Whenever I follow a pattern, or design one of my own, I try to reduce the number of places for breaking the yarn and attaching new yarn to cut down on the literal loose ends. I also love patterns that are worked "in the round" because it means less seaming, and sometimes seamless! Not only does it save time, but the result is often more comfortable to wear (this is especially true of baby sweaters). Hooray!
What Does It Look Like?Working in the round is just like it sounds: rather than working back and forth in rows you work in a circular pattern to create a shape that is either flat, like a disc (think hot pad or doily), or tubular (think cowl), or conical (think booties or hat). It is typically the way you create crochet flowers--one of my favorite embellishments. Ironically, you also need to work in the round to make a granny square (learn how to make one here). Hopefully just these few project mentions have persuaded you to give it a try. It's easy, and it opens up the possibilites of things you can do with yarn and a hook.
Round Crocheting PatternsWorking in the round starts with a chain that you join with a slip stitch (abbreviated sl st) to form a loop. A pattern will direct you to chain a certain number, let's say 5 for instance, and then slip stitch into the beginning chain to form a loop. To slip stitch, insert your hook into the chain stitch as you would with a single crochet, yarn over, and then pull the yarn through both loops on your hook at once. You will be left with one loop, the working loop on your hook. here and a video here. here, including one to form an adjustable or "magic" ring. A disc-shaped project will increase stitches in a regular interval on each round to keep the project flat. A tubular project will start with a longer chain for a bigger loop and maintain the same, or close to the same, number of stitches on each round. A conical shaped project will increase for a bit to get the desired circumference and then maintain the stitch count to add length (think hat). Of course you don't really need to remember this as a pattern will direct your increases and stitch count on each row, but I think it's fun and helpful when it comes to troubleshooting (or pattern designing!) to understand how shaping works.
Patterns to Try Crochet in the RoundIf you are ready to give this technique a try, a good place to start is this Pretty Posy pattern. Crochet flowers are such a great embellishment for all sorts of things and this one is both fast and easy. Here's a pattern for a simple baby hat. And here is a basic crochet cowl pattern. As with any pattern I recommend counting your stitches on each round to make certain your work is progressing as it should. Have fun in the round! Next post I'll introduce you to a few popular stitch patterns...
Step 1: How To Crochet: Introduction to this Fabulous Craft Step 2: Basic Crochet Stitches and a Ruffled Scarf Pattern
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