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How to Crochet in Rounds

December 27, 2019

Working in rounds can seem daunting; however, it’s actually pretty easy! Once you learn how to work in rows of crochet, working in rounds is the nest step you should take in learning a new technique.

First, you’ll want to check out the blog post on “The Magic Circle“. This is the very basic foundation of how to start your circle.

You’ll learn crocheting in rounds (flat circle method) requires basic math skills. Below, you’ll see a sample of a cheat sheet made to know how many stitches you would need per round. For instance, if you start Round 1 with 6 stitches, then you will add 6 stitches per Round in order to keep the flat circle going.

In order to add additional stitches, it is important to count your stitches and create increase stitches. Below you’ll see how to create Rounds 1-5 beginning with 10 stitches in the Magic Circle.

Round 1: Start with Magic Circle (use blog post referenced earlier). Start with 10 DC stitches. (10 Stitches)
Round 2: After completing Round 1, Ch 2. Starting in the first DC from Round 1, *(2 DCs). Repeat * 9 more times. (20 Stitches).
Note: In Round 2, you will always do 2 DCs in each stitch in the flat circle method. If you refer to the chart earlier for stitch counts in the round, you will see that the second round doubles the amount of stitches used from the first round.
Round 3: After completing Round 2, Ch 2. Starting in the first DC from Round 2, *(DC, 2 DCs). Repeat * 9 more times. (30 Stitches).
Note: In Round 3, you will always do a DC in the first stitch followed by 2 DCs in the second stitch in the flat circle method. If you refer to the chart earlier for stitch counts in the round, you will see that the third round is the first round multiplied by 3.
Round 4: After completing Round 3, Ch 2. Starting in the first DC from Round 3, *(DC 2, 2 DCs). Repeat * 9 more times. (40 Stitches)
Note: In Round 4, you will always do a DC in the first two stitches followed by 2 DCs in the third stitch in the flat circle method. If you refer to the chart earlier for stitch counts in the round, you will see that the fourth round is the first round multiplied by 4.
Round 5: After completing Round 4, Ch 2. Starting in the first DC from Round 4, *(DC 3, 2 DCs). Repeat * 9 more times. (50 Stitches)
Note: In Round 5, you will always do a DC in the first three stitches followed by 2 DCs in the fourth stitch in the flat circle method. If you refer to the chart earlier for stitch counts in the round, you will see that the fifth round is the first round multiplied by 5.

You’ll continue this method for the rest of the rounds that you need in order to complete your project. Hopefully, you followed the method above. If so, you should find that you have a straight seam in your project.

In some patterns, you’ll find that the designer starts with an increase in the first stitch (DC 2) and finishing the round with a DC. When this is done, you’ll find a seam that becomes off centered and more visible. To avoid, this, reference our blog on “How to Create a Straight Seam” for the flat circle method.

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  • Reply How to Crochet a Straight Seam In the Round | CroChic Styles December 27, 2019 at 7:12 PM

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