Saturday, October 13, 2012

How to Crochet a Flat Circle

FLAT CIRCLE
To crochet a flat circle which does not cup OR ruffle around the edges follow these simple instructions.
Make a number of chains that you join to make a circle OR use magic circle to get started.
The number of single or double crochets ( for this explanation I will use doubles) that you put into the circle determines the increase you will use on each round that follows.
So lets say you start with 8 dc into center ring. You will increase each round by 8.
Round 1: In the first round is your original 8.
Round 2 : In the second round if you increase (which means 2 st in 1 below) your original 8 by another 8, the second round should have 16 dc. In other words, you would increase in EACH st.
Round 3 : You add 8 to your 16 and so you need 24 OR increase in every other stitch.
Which would be written out as *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st* repeat between ** around.
Round 4 : You need 24+8 for 32 stitches or increase in the third stitches around.
Round 5 : Now 40 dc or increase in each 4th stitch. Continue in this manner until you have a flat circle the size you want.
Now wasn't that easy?
NOTE : Each round is joined with a slip stitch in the top of the first dc in the round.
SPIRALS
When your flat circle is as big around as you want it to be, you simply stop increasing!
That's usually where the directions say "work even" for a number of rounds, but instead of joining with a slip stitch to close each round, you just keep crocheting, creating spiral rounds up. I say up because as soon as you crochet the first "work even" round the circle becomes the base, and all the spiral rounds begin to grow up like a coil on top of the base.
You should use spirals to make something round, because there are no seams that way and no ugly joining stitches showing.
For either flat circles or spirals, stitch markers are recommended to keep track of the start of each new round.
If your circles or spirals start to get ruffles - STOP! It will get worse with each stitch if you proceed. Ruffling signals you not to waste your time going any farther. It tells you that either you have increased too much or that you need a smaller hook. And, as you might imagine, if it cups - STOP! Your hook is too small or you failed to increase as often as was needed.
I hope this is clearly written and easily understood. It is meant to serve with patterns too, but mostly so you begin to understand sculpting in free-form crochet.
If you need help, either leave me a comment or email me at boocoos@me.com and I will reply post haste.
Boo