How to Crochet Circles

By Jeris Swanhorst
Many crochet projects begin with a circle.

Crochet circles create numerous crochet projects, including coasters, placemats, potholders and doilies. Ensuring that the circle lays flat, without ruffling or gapping, requires careful increasing on each round. After establishing the increasing pattern, various decorative stitches and edgings can add additional decoration to the project.

Materials Needed

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Crochet Skills Required

In order to crochet a basic flat circle, you need to know how to do the following:

  • Slipknot
  • Chain stitch
  • Double crochet stitch
  • Slip stitch
  • Fasten off

Basic Crochet Circle Pattern

Create a basic flat crochet circle using this pattern. To make the circle larger, simply continue increasing in the established pattern on additional rounds.

  1. Create a slipknot roughly 5 inches from one end of the yarn, placing it at the tip of the crochet hook.
  2. Chain three.
  3. Make nine double crochet stitches in the original slipknot. Pull the tail end of the yarn tightly.
  4. Join into a circle shape by slip stitching into the top of the first double crochet stitch.
  5. Chain two. Make two double crochet stitches in each double crochet stitch. Join to the top of the first double crochet stitch with a slip stitch. There are 18 stitches.
  6. Chain two. Double crochet in the first stitch. Make two double crochet stitches in the next stitch. Repeat this around the circle, for a total of 27 stitches. Join to the top of the first double crochet stitch of the round with a slip stitch.
  7. Chain two. Double crochet once in each of the first two stitches. Make two double crochet stitches in the third stitch. Repeat this around the circle for a total of 36 stitches. Join to the top of the first double crochet stitch of the round with a slip stitch.
  8. Repeat in this manner of increasing, adding a total of nine new stitches to each round, until your piece is the desired size.
  9. Cut yarn, fasten off and weave in the ends with the yarn needle.

Tips

  • For a sturdier circle, use single crochet or half double crochet stitches.
  • Use the hook size as recommended by the label of the yarn to ensure the circle lays flat.
  • For a decorative look, add scallops or another edging technique to the last round.

About the Author

Jeris Swanhorst is a writer and English and literature instructor at the college level, and owner of SwanJay, a knitting and crochet business. She earned a master's degree in English from Minnesota State University in 2007.