Crochet Oval

crochet oval

A few months ago, I published The Ultimate Guide to Crochet in the RoundBut what if you need to crochet an oval? Do the same rules apply?

The short answer is no.

You will need to apply some of the same principles – increase evenly and by a specific number so it will stay consistently oval and flat. However, if we use the exact same rules, we’ll end up with a circle. We need to rearrange the sequence of things to make an oval.

Let’s give it a try

In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to do the Sc2tog decrease stitch. To get you started, crochet a little swatch with a few rows of single crochet stitches. You don’t need anything fancy, just a foundation.

My Recommendations

  • Bernat Maker Home Decor
  • 6 mm Tulip Etimo Crochet Hook

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How to Crochet an Oval

Let me begin by saying there is more than one way to make a crochet oval. I will demonstrate the method that I prefer using, simply because I like the shape best – it’s very “true oval” in shape. Other methods will allow you to crochet a very long sided oval. If this is the shape you’re going for, this is not the tutorial for you. Perhaps we’ll cover that in a later episode.

I’d like to begin by providing you with a starting point. In this tutorial, I’ll demonstrate how to crochet the first three rounds of the oval. Then, I will talk you through the process of making it a larger oval, because let’s be honest – you’ll probably want to make it bigger. Don’t worry, I’ve included the first 12 rounds of a crochet oval in the written instructions but if you want your oval to be larger, you’ll need to apply the principles I mention in the tutorial to make it larger. Don’t worry, it’s a piece of cake!

First things first, the tutorial.

This tutorial is also available in a left handed version. Click the link below to be directed to the left handed video on my YouTube channel.

How to Crochet an Oval Left Handed with Brittany

References in Video Tutorial

How to Crochet the Magic Ring for Beginners – Right Handed

How to Crochet the Magic Ring for Beginners – Left Handed

Alternate Magic Ring Method – Right Handed

Alternate Magic Ring Method – Left Handed

crochet oval

Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Slst – Slip Stitch
  • St(s) – Stitch(es)
  • Tc – Treble Crochet

Written Instructions

Round 1: Begin the round with – Option 1: Magic ring with 12 dc; or Option 2: Ch 3. Join with a slst to third chain to form ring. Ch 3. Dc 11 times in center of ring. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc). Dc in next stitch. Make 3 dc in next 3 sts. Dc in each of the next 3 sts. Make 3 dc in next 3 sts. Dc in last stitch. Join with a slst to the 3rd chain. (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 2 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 2 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 2 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in each of the next 5 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 2 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 2 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in last 2 sts. (36 sts)

Round 4: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 3 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 4 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 4 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in each of the next 7 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 4 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 4 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in last 3 sts. (48 sts)

Round 5: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 4 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 6 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 6 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in each of the next 9 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 6 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 6 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in last 4 sts. (60 sts)

Round 6: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 5 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 8 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 8 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in each of the next 11 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 8 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 8 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in last 5 sts. (72 sts)

Round 7: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 6 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 10 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 10 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in each of the next 13 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 10 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 10 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in last 6 sts. (84 sts)

Round 8: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 7 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 12 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 12 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in each of the next 15 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 12 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 12 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in last 7 sts. (96 sts)

Round 9: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 8 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 14 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 14 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in each of the next 17 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 14 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 14 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in last 8 sts. (108 sts)

Round 10: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 9 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 16 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 16 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in each of the next 19 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 16 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 16 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in last 9 sts. (120 sts)

Round 11: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 10 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 18 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 18 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in each of the next 21 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 18 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 18 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in last 10 sts. (132 sts)

Round 12: Ch 3. Dc in each of the next 11 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 20 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 20 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in each of the next 23 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 20 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Tc in each of the next 20 sts. Make 3 dc in next st. Dc in last 11 sts. (144 sts)

If you would like to make your oval even larger than 12 rounds have a look at the tutorial above, at minute mark 16:30 to see my discussion on how to do this.

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