Crocheting Circles – Beginners’ Basics

Crochet Circles BasicsThis tutorial builds on skills and stitches that you have already learned and applied in the flower and granny square, though the principle can be used with most stitches.

This time, we will learn to work a flat circle in treble crochet (tr) (US dc). It also uses chains (ch) and slip stitch (sl st).

The yarn in the photos is Sirda Ella Dk in Peppermint; I’ve used a 4mm hook.  Any yarn and suitable hook can be used, even super chunky or textile yarns, which are great for cushions, rugs and other homewares.

Once you understand how to work a flat circle, many other possibilities open up, including jar covers, vase or bottle sleeves, hats, baskets, bags and rag rugs.

The pattern starts with a given number of stitches – I usually work with 12 tr, or fewer if I’m working in half trebles (htr/US hdc) or double crochet (dc/ US sc).

Each subsequent round then adds the same number of stitches; I find that counting in groups helps, as each group has the same number of stitches as the number of the round itself:

Round 1 – 12 stitches – 12 groups of 1
Round 1 – 24 stitches – 12 groups of 2
Round 3 – 36 stitches – 12 groups of 3
Round 4 – 48 stitches – 12 groups of 4,…
Round n – 12n  – 12 groups of n stitches

Flat Circle Tutorial

Round 1 (pics 1-4; 12 groups of 1 stitch). As for the granny square, start with an adjustable ring (or if you prefer, chain 4 and join with a slip stitch). Chain 3 (this counts as the first tr) then work 11 more tr into the ring. Insert the hook into the third ch of the initial ch3. Close with a slip stitch to complete round 1. (12tr)

Round 2 (pics 7-8; 12 groups of 2 stitches) requires two stitches in each stitch from the first round, so chain 3 (counts as first treble), work another treble in the same stitch, and then two into each stitch around the circle. Close the round with a slip stitch. (24tr)

Round 3 (pics 9-12, 12 groups of 3 stitches): chain 3, then 2tr in the next stitch to make your first group of 3 stitches. You then need to work 11 more groups of (tr, 2tr) and finish the round with a slip stitch. (36tr)

Round 4 (pics 13,14; 12 groups of 4 stitches): chain 3, 1tr in the next stitch and 2 tr in the 3rd stitch. Work 11 more groups of (tr, tr, 2tr) and close the round with a slip stitch (48tr)

Round 5 (pics 15,16; 12 groups of 5 stitches): chain 3, 1tr in each of the next two stitches and 2 tr in the 3rd stitch. Work 11 more groups of (tr, tr, 2tr) and close the round with a slip stitch (60tr)

Further rounds will be worked in the same way, adding one extra stitch into each group.

For a simple basket (or hat), all you need to do is work a circle to the required size and then maintain the same number of stitches from then on to make the sides – as seen in the Shell Stitch Hat. I’ll add a few photos of examples in a separate post soon.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me via my Facebook Page.

Happy crocheting!

NNN. x

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