Tuesday, 10 November 2009

How to Crochet a Flat Circle

How to Crochet Flat Circles
There are many different uses for crochet flat circles. They can be used to make cushions, motifs, embellishments and play mats etc. So it is worth knowing how to produce the perfect flat circle in a variety of stitches.
Here I will cover how to create a flat circle in double crochet (UK) and Single Crochet (US).
Please select the appropriate size crochet hook for the yarn that you use, most yarn labels give guidance on the label. If you are going to make your circle in a variety of colours please make sure all yarns are of the same weight.
The pattern is written in UK terminology so if in US please substitute sc for all dc’s.
Double Crochet UK or Single Crochet US a Flat Circle.

Use the magic loop technique to begin if you are familiar with it. If not a good explanation can be found here

Chain 6
Slip stitch into 1st chain to form the foundation circle, chain 1.
Complete each round with a slip stitch into the turning chain, then chain 1 to begin the next round.
Rnd 1 – work 11 dc into the ring.
Rnd 2 – work into the stitches of the previous round, *work 1 dc into 1st st, work 2 dcs into every 2nd st,* repeat all round.
Rnd 3 – work 1 dc into each st and increase by working 2 dc’s into every 3rd st all round
Rnd 4 – work 1 dc into each st and increase by working 2 dc’s into every 4th st all around.
Continue in this pattern until desired size is reached. Increase in each stitch with corresponding round number.
round 7 increase by working 2 dc’s into every 7th st.
round 24 increase by working 2 dc’s into every 24th st



Beyond All Measure said...

Great tutorial! Sounds similar to what I do, but it is nice to have it written out so I don't have to think about it. :-)

Robin said...

Would the 'formula' for making a flat circle be the same if you used a US dc, triple, etc? Or does it change depending on the stitch used? If it does change, can you tell us what the formula is for each US stitch or where to find the info? Thank you SOOOOO much!!!

The Sunroom said...

Hi Robin,
Yes if you used a different stitch the formula would be different as the length of the stitch would be different. I will post the formula when I have the time to sit down and work it out. I'm tied up working on Thing-a-day at the moment so please be patient with me and thanks you for your kind comments.

Anonymous said...

I ran into a problem where if you try and make the circle larger, it just turns into a many sided polygon. Does anyone know how to fix this?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the explanation iin such an easily understood manner.
Have watched a few videos not well explained at all,
Great help

Anonymous said...

Thank you for an eay to understand no wierd talk example!!! Pass the word KISS (keep it simple stupid)
Thank you thank you

Cara Randall said...

My way of avoiding the "many-sided" shape is to increase around whenever I feel the fabric beginning to lift. I try to do them evenly, but as you said, it begins to make it's own shape with sides, so on the next row I increase in different spots on the circle to keep that from happening. This probably made no sense...let me know if it didn't.

Anonymous said...

I love the simplicity of this. I have been looking at tons of patterns and the way you wrote it is so easy. Thanks!

whirlygirly518 said...

How do you keep the circle flat? That's my problem

Bea McNally said...

When I did this circle I learned that for me to get it to lay flat and not ripple I had to begin with 6 single crochet in the first round. But I began to run into a problem with that. My circle began to look like a hexagon instead of a circle. What can I do to keep the round shape and still keep it laying flat? It turns out that when you increase with 1 more stitch between the increase every new row the increase lines up so that the stitches between become a flat edge. It seems to me that if the increases were not on top of the increase in the row before but more staggered it could better keep it's round shape but I can't see how to do that and keep the count right. Please advise.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I'm making a baseball blanket for my niece's new baby and have torn it down at least 5 times before finding your fabulous post. It kept turning into a giant doily! Thanks for taking the time to share your hard work.