Crocheting in the round is a method used for crocheting items such as hats, stuffed animals, granny squares, bags, and a multitude of other items. Learning how to crochet in the round will broaden your ability to create products. Many people use a magic ring to start their round, but for a beginner, it’s easier to start with a chain as your ring.
Different patterns will instruct your number of chains to be different and other type of stitches may be used as well, but the technique will still be the same.
You will need:
#4 Worsted Weight Yarn (Light in color and not textured will be the easiest to learn with)
5mm Crochet Hook
Start with a slip knot on your hook
- Chain 4
- Slip stitch into the first chain you made. This creates a circle.
- Chain 1. (This is to increase your height for the next row. It is not a stitch, you will not work into it.)
- Make 6 single crochet into your circle. *Pull your loop up through the middle of the circle, not into the chains.
- Slip stitch into the first single crochet that you made.
The rest will now be worked into the top of your stitches like normal.
You have just crocheted the first round! To do the second round:
- Chain 1
- Make 2 single crochet into every stitch around. (Total of 12 single crochet at the end of this round)
- Slip stitch into the first single crochet of that round.
That’s it! You’ve just learned to crochet in the round. The pattern that you’re following will give you the specific number of stitches and the type of stitches to use but it will all be similar to this technique.