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How to make a perfect crochet circle

Have you noticed that when you are crocheting in the round in single crochet you wind up with a hexagon instead of a circle? In this post, you will learn a small hack for the perfect crochet circle.

How to make a prefect crochet circle | Crochet tutorial for single crochet circle

The single crochet is one of the first stitches that we all learn as beginners. It is one of the most common and most used, also. This technique will help you achieve the result of the perfect circle with making minor adjustments to a pattern, without alternating it.

I learned this technique while making amigurumi, but it is also very useful whenever you want a flat single crochet circle, like when making coasters or face scrubbies.

Let’s look at an example. Most of the patterns that want you to make a single crochet circle look like this:

R1: MR, 6 sc in ring, sl st, ch 1 (6)
R2: 2 sc in each st around, sl st, ch 1 (12)
R3: *sc, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (18)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (24)
R5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (30)
R6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (36)
R7: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (42)
R8: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (48)
R9: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (54)
R10: *sc in next 8 st, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (60)

The reason that your circle looks more that a hexagon is because of the small height of the single crochet stitches and that the increases are always on top of each other.

Now, what you want to do to fix that, is quite simple. You just have to alternate the placement of the increases only in even rounds. How are you going to achieve that? Well, in the rounds that you must crochet an even amount of stitches before the increase, split that number in half.

Let’s make a perfect crochet circle

First of all, the first three rounds will look exactly the same.

R1: MR, 6 sc in ring, sl st, ch 1 (6)
R2: 2 sc in each st around, sl st, ch 1 (12)
R3: *sc, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sl st, ch 1 (18)

In the 4th round, you have to make an even number of stitches before the increase. You read in the pattern “sc in next 2 st, 2sc”. Divide that number in half. 2:2=1. Are you with me so far?

Next, we are going to take that number and use it in the first repeat of the pattern. For the example above we have to make 6 repeats to complete the circle. So, the first repeat is going to be “ sc 1, 2sc”. Then, for the next repeats, you follow the pattern “sc in the next 2, 2 sc”.

Crochet circle | How to make a perfect crochet circle tutorial


That leaves you with one more stitch to be worked. Make a single crochet in the last stitch. That is the single crochet we didn’t make at the first repeat of the pattern in the beginning.

Nothing has changed in the stitch count for this round. You still have 24 stitches. The only difference is the placement of the increases. They are not on top of each other, but somewhere in between. This will become more apparent in the following rounds.

The new round 4 will look like this now:

R4: sc 1, 2 sc, * sc in next 2 st, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sc 1 in last st, sl st, ch 1 (24)

Continue with round 5 as it is because it is an odd round. Let’s make one more even numbered round.

One more example

In round 6 we have “sc in next 4 st, 2 sc”. Divide the number 4 in half. 4:2=2. The new round 6 will look like this:

R6: sc 2, 2 sc, * sc in next 4 st, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around, sc in last 2 st, sl st, ch 1 (36)

Crochet circle tutorial

That’s it! You don’t have to make any alterations to the pattern, just some small adjustments. For a final recap always refer to the instructions below.


Final recap and instructions

  • First three rounds stay as is.
  • In the rounds with an even number of stitches before the increase, divide the number in half and use half of them at the beginning of the round and the rest of them in the last stitches in the end. The rest of the repeats in between stay the same.
  • The rounds with an odd number of stitches before the increase stay as is.

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Kennedy

Friday 29th of July 2022

I am confused about the part that says odd number of stitches stays the same. Is it just repeating the previous row? Like row 5 i did sc 1 in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, *sc 1 in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st. Rep from * around. 1 sc in last st. Sl st ch 1. Is this correct?

malloo

Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

Not exactly. That means that you don't have to divide the number at the rows that have an odd number before the increase. You only mess with the even numbers. Rows with odd number of stitches before each increase stay as the patterns says they should be crocheted. So if a round says "sc 5, inc", you will single crochet 5 stitches and then make the increase. Nothing changes.

Treasure

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

Oh my God so helpful and and I understood it easily thank you sooooo much for sharing. I'll try this with continuous rounds and hopefully I'll see a change

malloo

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

Yeah! You will definitely see much improvement. This is the best and easiest way to make a perfect crochet circle!

Regina

Thursday 11th of March 2021

I'm really glad I saw this!! Getting ready to make a round rug and I would not have been happy with a hexagon! Thank you for explaining so clearly!

Kelly P Masters

Saturday 27th of February 2021

Thank you! So helpful! What about for decreases then? Do we do the same technique just with invisible decreases?

malloo

Monday 15th of March 2021

Yes, exactly! It works the same way.

Lin

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

Thank you! So simple and so effective I tried just moving the increase 1 or 2 stitches away in the past and got lost but this is so easy and consistent- it’s great!.

malloo

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

I am so happy you found it helpful. I use it all the time!

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