How Do You Crochet In The Round?

How do you crochet in the round and get the right type of seam for your project? Today's tutorial includes videos that show how to work your project.
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We’ve already learned how to How To Start, Work, And End A Straight Piece In Crochet in our Learn To Crochet series and now it’s time to learn how to crochet in the round. This is great to know when making circular pieces, such as hats – a specialty of mine (wink! wink!).

Getting Started Using Chains To Make A Loop

There are a few ways to start working in the round. The first is by chaining several stitches (usually four to five) and then joining with a slip stitch to close the loop and making a ring.

You would then chain based on the stitch of your project to build height and then proceed to make the number of stitches required into this loop or ring.

The one down-side of this way of making a ring is that you cannot close the loop.

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What Is A Crochet Magic Ring (Or Magic Circle)?

A crochet magic ring or magic circle is similar to the above method but it gives you the control to tighten or completely close the loop.

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How Do You Crochet The First Regular Round?

Where you join your yarn will determine if it goes on a spiral or stays relatively consistent with a straight seam.

To achieve a spiral, each new round you would not have an official start or stop but simply continue crocheting. You definitely want a stitch marker so you can track how many rounds you have made using this method.

If you want a straight seam, you will join in the same stitch as your beginning chain. I prefer to do this method for my hats as I don’t get spaces and it gives me a neat seam. It also gives me a definitive beginning and end to my rounds.

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I hope this tutorial was helpful to you and would love to hear from you if you have had success following it.  

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Until next time, may the yarn be with you.


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Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth is a children's book author and designer of knit and crochet character hats under the brand The Ruthless Crafter. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, spend time with her family, and swim. She lives a full, happy life in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband and their two children.

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