Many beginning crocheters are guided toward choosing patterns that are worked flat (in rows). Scarves, baby blankets, and wash cloths are a few of the more common examples. These are all wonderful projects, but you don’t have to be limited to working in rows, even if you’ve only mastered a few stitches. Crocheting in the round is easily achievable and will open you up to a wider range of possible projects such as hats, mittens, and booties, to name just a few. There is even a chance that once you get going you’ll find working in the round to be easier because you never need to stop and turn your work around.
Before you go on, make sure you are familiar with the following stitches: chain stitch, single crochet, and slip stitch. If you’re comfortable with these three basics then you are ready to grab some yarn and a hook* and move on to Creating a Round.
This is a tutorial so materials are not critical. However, a smooth worsted weight yarn and hook size H/5mm or I/5.5mm are recommended for ease. Step 5 gives an example for creating simple coasters or trivets. For this project you would need a worsted weight yarn with 100% cotton content.
Table of Contents:
- Page 1 – Introduction to Crocheting in the Round; Table of Contents for Tutorial
- Page 2 – Steps 1 and 2: Creating a Center Loop
- Page 3 – Step 3: Creating Your First Round of Stitches
- Page 4 – Step 4: Joining the Round
- Page 5 – Step 5: Making the Round Grow; Simple Cotton Coasters and Trivets