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How to Crochet in the Round + 6 Free Crochet Patterns

Crochet in circles with this tutorial for crocheting in the round.

Updated November 28, 2018
How to Crochet in the Round  6 Free Crochet Patterns

This is a great step-by-step tutorial that teaches you how to crochet in the round. If you're a beginner, try this stitch out in order to make so many more crochet patterns.

Follow these simple steps explained by Emi Harrington and you'll be able to work up a lovely round crochet pattern. Maybe you'll even become so proficient at crocheting in the round that you'll be able to teach others!

Plus, in addition to this crochet tutorial, we have included some of our favorite easy round crochet patterns. There aren't just crochet circles! When you use round crochet starting with a magic circle, you'll find there are a lot of things to make. This list below includes hats, amigurumi, rugs, and so much more.
 

How to Crochet in the Round:

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  1. Chain a magic ring on which to build your crochet in the round: chain 5, slip stitch to join.

  2. Chain 2 to begin to double crochet.

  3. Make the required number of double crochet stitches for the round. In this case 10 double crochet, plus the chain 2.

  4. Slip stitch to join. Slip stitch into the top of the chain 2 at the beginning of the row. (See below, step 10 and 11 for the correct stitch to slip stitch into).

  5. Chain 2 to begin the next round of stitches.

  6. Turn the work to go in the other direction. (You may also crochet in the round in spiral fashion, in which case you do not turn.)

  7. Complete the required number of stitches for the round. (In almost all cases, you will be increasing stitches in this round.)

  8. Slip stitch to join the round.

  9. Close-up of the stitch to slip stitch into in order to have an invisible seam.

  10. The most common error in crochet in the round is slip stitching in the wrong stitch. The arrow in the photo below points to the correct stitch in which to make the slip stitch to join.

  11. NOTE: In the photo below, see that the hook actually passes under two strands of yarn. It may seem that you have gone over one stitch too far, however, the stitch before this one does not have two strands to pass the hook under.

  12. The photo below of the finished crochet circle shows a 3 row round, with no obvious area of the slip stitch and turn.


Read about Harrington's experience with crochet in her AllFreeCrochet designer bio here.
 

Round Crochet Patterns

Now that you've learned this technique, put it to practice. Crochet a hat in the round, make a circle rug, simple coasters, and more with the free crochet patterns we're sharing below.
 

How to Crochet a Round Rug

From jersey cotton fabric yarn to wool, this beautiful crochet rug pattern uses simple stitches to build a beautiful, personal product for your home.

Frog Crochet Hat Pattern

Because this easy crochet hat pattern uses a size H crochet hook, as well as single and half-double crochet stitches, it works up quickly.

Loving Heart Crochet Applique

Isn't this little heart adorable? You'll start out with making a magic circle or magic ring, so you're halfway to knowing how to make it already!

Raffia Crochet Coasters

These lovely crochet coasters aren't much different than what you just learned. They are simple crochet circles, so it's going to be an easy pattern to start with.

Classic French Beret

Say "bonjour" to your new favorite hat. This Classic French Beret is the perfect pattern for ladies who want to feel chic and elegant anywhere and anytime.

Sea Glass Crochet Bag

This pretty crochet bag is the perfect size for running quick errands around town. The bag is completed by joining together a number of crocheted granny squares.

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I thought this would have started with a magic circle then worked the next steps from there. That's usually the first step in crotcheting in the round. Slip stitches can make your project look great orbruin it if you don't know where to place the stitch. This tutorial helps you find the right place to do that.

I have always had difficulty knowing where to ss when working in a round. Thanks for the info. and illustrations. This is exactly what I needed.

I'm sorry but this is not a very good tutorial. You start out by showing steps one, two and three with diagrams then you combine steps four, five, and six.....and that pattern repeats itself. When it gets to the second round, you say that "you almost always have to increase" but then you don't explain how or how to tell when you need to increase. I have been crocheting for 52 years and I cannot follow these instructions.

how to change color in round crocheting without, seeing the other color?

how to change colors crochet in cirkel

Wait now,,,,, I am very confused. Hat patterns tell you that when you join rows you put a slip stitch in the first double crochet , not the chain 2.... Is that not so with flat things? And do you have to turn around each row for a hat, or keep going in a spiral????

If you work in a spiral, your work will take on a twisted look which cannot be removed when your garment is finished. If you don't mind that look, then don't turn. As for slip stitching to join, if you join in the top of the chain 2, the chain 2 counts as 1 double crochet, if you slip stitch to join in the first double crochet, then the chain 2 does not count as 1 double crochet.

i try to learn make a basic crochet, but i never to continue (it's no easy ) please help me....

Without more information, I don't know how I could help you.

ive tried 30 times and it kept curving, what do i do to make it stop, because im am super frustrated

Curving happens for 2 reasons.. either it's tight tension, or not enough stitches. If it is not curved very much, it can sometimes be relaxed with a steam iron when the garment is finished.

Why aren't the number of increase stitches explained? I can do the basic one row circle all day long, what I want is something that might go up to 40 - 50 rows. How many and where do I add stitches to make my round stay flat? I have tried and seem to never get it correct. It is maddening.

In order to increase so your item stays flat, for instance for a pillow, the number of stitches has to increase every row. I can't tell you how many stitches, as it all depends on the size yarn you are using, as well as the size hook you are using. You could try working in a spiral, (no slip stitch to join, no turning), and make 2 double crochet in every 2nd stitch.

I would like to know why the work is turned. Does the reason attached apply to all crochet in the round- craft items, rugs, etc. I have never heard of this technique. (Of course my depth of knowledge isn't much.)

If a pattern designer wants you to turn after every row, they will mention it in the pattern. It's just a matter of preference of the designer... and of course, if you don't turn, your work could take on a twisted appearance.

great! I need instructions for tr2tog

For the Lady who said her circle wont stay flat, i do two double crochets in one hole and in the next one I do one double crochet..this is what I do to keep the circle flat..Hope this is helpful to you..also loosen up on the tightness of your stitches.

exellent

I found out on my own how to join a round in a circle. I am so happy to see confirmation that I did this correctly. The pictures were very clear and the explanation was well written. This type of instruction is very helpful to those of us who don't catch on very quickly. Thank you again and keep up the good work.

@Peachey, All of the responses to these comments can be found by scrolling down to the bottom of the pattern page. If you have specific questions about the projects, we have two suggestions: 1. You can contact the pattern designer directly for help. The designer is specified in the byline. 2. Try posting your question to our Facebook page; perhaps other readers have found a solution. Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/AllFreeCrochet --Editors of AllFreeCrochet

Where can i find the answers to the questions ??????!!!!! That is what would be helpful.....Thank you, MrsJames

like!!!!

Can anyone help me. I have tried and tried to make a flat circle and they just keep curling into hats. Please send any help to cellaann1953@yahoo.com

Ok, I found that if I so two crochets in the same stitch, and maybe one in the next, it doesnt curl up, and stays flat..Also, loosen up the tightness of your stitches.

great !!!!

How do I see the answers for the comments.

What about crochet in the round where the pattern does not want you to slip stitch to join? It tells you to put a marker at last stitch of each round but as you increase rounds the marker moves more and more to the left. To me this puts the rounds off center.

Yes, if you don't slip stitch to join each row, then turn, the work will take on a twisted appearance.

Many patterns talk about putting a safety pin in the first round. I get confused by the numbers of rounds. is the pin necessary?

If you wish to keep your circle round, then it is necessary to mark the first stitch of the row, so you can stop in the same position, otherwise, your circle will be wonky.

My circles will be round from now on Thank you for sharing

How do you finish off after step 17?

i am despreratly trying to find a pattern for the circular crochetted vest that is a circle with armholes. The back sort of looks like a peacock. Does anybody have this?

You talk about increasing. How do you do that?

Increasing is doing two crochets in one hole. Decreasing is skiping a stitch, however many it says on the pattern.

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