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How to Crochet In The Round – Flat Joined Rounds

Beginner crochet projects often consist of squares and rectangles. While blankets and scarves are fun to make at first, you’ll be itching to try something new as you keep practicing crochet. Learn how to crochet in the round so you can try hats, baskets, amigurumi, and any more crochet projects.

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There are many variations to crocheting in the round. Some makers prefer the magic loop while others gravitate toward starting with several chains then joining them with a slip stitch. One pattern may direct you to work in joined rounds while another has directions for a spiral with no joining.

Instead of confusing you with every iteration of working in the round, this post offers only 1 demonstration: joined and turned flat rounds starting with a magic ring. I find this method the most versatile and a great place to start as you learn new ways of working in the round.

Materials

For this tutorial, I recommend using a smooth, solid-colored yarn in either worsted or bulky weight yarn. For worsted weight yarn, try a 5 or 5.5mm crochet hook. For bulky weight yarn, go for a 6mm or 6.5mm hook. Click to learn more about crochet hooks and yarn weights!

Crochet in Flat Rounds

Crocheting in flat rounds starts with a small number of stitches worked into a magic ring. As each round is added, increases are placed around the perimeter, maintaining the round shape and making the piece larger.

This method of making a flat circle can be the start of a hat worked from the top-down, as well as a basket worked from the bottom up. You can also change where the increases are placed to create different shapes like flat rectangles, squares, triangles, etc.

Making a Magic Ring

A magic ring is an adjustable loop used to start projects worked in flat rounds. You will work your first round of stitches in the ring. Once the first round is complete, pull the tail of the ring to close it tightly.

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  • Image 1: Holding the tail of the yarn in your left hand, wrap the yarn around your finger 2 times.
  • Image 2: Bring the 2nd loop over the 1st loop.
  • Image 3: Bring the 1st loop over the 2nd and off of your finger.
  • Image 4: Hold both lengths of yarn and pull gently to close the knot at the base of the loop while the loop is still on your finger.
  • Image 5: Drop the loop from your finger and place it on the hook.

Round 1

Now that you have your magic ring, you can work your Round 1 stitches into it. The stitches are worked around the loop of the magic ring. Once all stitches are worked, pull the tail of the magic ring to close the hole at the center.

  • Image 1: Yarn over and pull up a loop in the magic ring. This does not count as a stitch.
  • Image 2: Chain 1.
  • Image 3. Work 1 half double crochet into the magic ring. Yarn over, insert your hook through the ring to then yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, and pull through all three loops to complete the half double crochet.
  • Image 4: Work 7 more half double crochet in this manner. You will have 8 half double crochet at the end.
  • Image 5: Drop your hook. Hold the tail of the yarn and pull firmly to close the ring.
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  • Image 1: Find the first half double crochet of the round.
  • Image 2: Slip stitch into the first half double crochet of the round. This ends the round. Round 1 ends with 8 half double crochet stitches.

Round 2

In this round, we will increase in each stitch around, taking us from 8 stitches to 16. We’ll also turn our round before working our stitches. This will prevent us from having an unsightly curving seam running up the length of our circle.

  • Image 1: Chain 1. Turn your work so you are now looking at the back of the stitches from Round 1. Locate the first stitch.
  • Image 2: Place 2 half double crochet in the first stitch.
  • Image 3: Place 2 half double crochet in each stitch around. Find the first half double crochet stitch of the round.
  • Image 4: Slip stitch in the first half double crochet stitch of the round to finish the round. This ends the round.

Subsequent Rounds

Continue to chain 1 and turn your work after each round. This will help your work stay a round circle.

Round 3: Chain 1. Place 2 half double crochet in the first stitch, and 1 half double crochet in the next stitch. (Place 2 half double crochet in the next stitch, place 1 half double crochet in the following stitch) – repeat the instructions in the parenthesis around until there are no more stitches left. There should be 24 total half double crochet stitches. Join with a slip stitch in the first stitch of the round. Turn your work.

Round 4: Chain 1. Place 2 half double crochet in the first stitch, and 1 half double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches. (Place 2 half double crochet in the next stitch, place 1 half double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches) – repeat the instructions in the parenthesis around until there are no more stitches left. There should be 32 total half double crochet stitches. Join with a slip stitch in the first stitch of the round. Turn your work.

Round 5: Chain 1. Place 2 half double crochet in the first stitch, and 1 half double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches. (Place 2 half double crochet in the next stitch, place 1 half double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches) – repeat the instructions in the parenthesis around until there are no more stitches left. There should be 40 total half double crochet stitches. Join with a slip stitch in the first stitch of the round. Turn your work.

Round 6: Chain 1. Place 2 half double crochet in the first stitch, and 1 half double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches. (Place 2 half double crochet in the next stitch, place 1 half double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches) – repeat the instructions in the parenthesis around until there are no more stitches left. There should be 48 total half double crochet stitches. Join with a slip stitch in the first stitch of the round. Turn your work.

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I think you’ve got the gist of things. You’ll be increasing 8 stitches each round and the number of stitches between increases will continue to grow.

More on Crocheting in the Round

As I mentioned above, there are several variations on crocheting in the round. The method you choose can be based on a pattern you’re following or your personal preference. Experiment with different methods to see which you like the best.

If you’d like to practice different ways to crochet in the round, check out blog posts from some of my favorite crochet teachers: The Spruce Crafts, Look At What I Made, and Gathered. And, if you’re looking for a super quick video tutorial to demonstrate the magic loop and crocheting in the round, check out this one I uploaded to IGTV.


Still have questions on how to crochet in the round? Ask them in the comments!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Alek Felis

    Thank you, Toni! Your photo tutorials are excellent! I actually never turns my work when work in circle, and this gives me more consistent look according to amigurumi, but as you said it’s all about preference. Now I need to try turns in hat or some accessories pattern.

    July 21, 2021 at 1:32 am
  • Reply Mary Beth

    Magic circles are always so tricky for me. This technique helped a lot. Thank you!

    July 21, 2021 at 7:53 pm
  • Reply Gehad

    Hello Toni, I can’t help understanding which one counts as chain and which one doesn’t

    July 22, 2021 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Janny

    That orange color is amazingly beautiful 🙂

    July 23, 2021 at 11:13 am
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