chapter 1: The Ultimate Guide to Crochet in the Round
Crochet in the Round Starting with a Chain
Welcome to Chapter 1 of The Ultimate Guide to Crochet in the Round where you’ll learn how to crochet in the round starting with a chain!
This is the starting point for any new crocheter learning how to crochet in the round. However, if you already have a solid understanding of beginning a crochet round with a chain, you can skip to Chapter 2 to move on to the magic ring.
For everyone else, this chapter will help build the foundation of any crochet in the round project.
So how do you crochet in the round starting with a chain?
The easiest way to start crocheting in the round is to begin with a chain, similar to how you’re already familiar with starting non-round crochet projects.
Take what you already know about making a foundation chain, the slip knot and the chain stitch, and watch this short video.
The Chain Method Basics
To begin any crochet in the round project starting with a chain, always begin with a slip knot. It’s helpful if you leave a longer tail so you can later use that tail to close up the hole in the center. It’s also helpful if you practice this with a thicker yarn so you can see what you’re doing.
Crochet four chains as you would for a standard foundation chain.
Insert your hook into the first chain (the one right next to your slip knot), yarn over and pull through the chain and the loop on your hook. This slip stitch closes the loop so you can begin to crochet in the round.
At this point, it looks more like a blob of yarn than a circle. That’s completely normal! With the slip knot you just made and hook at the top, grab the two sides and pull apart to reveal what looks like a pretzel.
The bottom of the three “pretzel holes” is the center of the ring and where you need to work your stitches for the first round of your project. Squeeze your finger in that hole to hold the place while you prepare to start the first round of your project.
First Round After Starting the Round with a Chain
With the center of your foundation chain ring identified, you’re ready to work the first round. It doesn’t matter what type of round you’re starting; square, circle, triangle or hexagon. Follow your pattern instructions for the first round of the project.
Your pattern may ask you to chain three and double crochet nine times in the center of the ring for a circle. Or it may ask you to work a combination of stitches and chains for a square, triangle or hexagon.
Follow the instructions for your pattern, making sure all stitches are placed in the center of the ring (the space you’re holding with your finger).
Closing the Hole After the Chain Method
By crocheting in the round starting with a chain, you’ll notice something right away: it leaves a noticeable hole in the center.
Perfect if you want a hole in the center but not great in any other case.
There’s a quick and easy fix for a hole that appears in the middle of your round. When you began your crochet round with a chain, you left a longer tail next to the slip knot. Use this tail to close it up.
Thread the tail on a yarn needle and on the back side of the round, run it under every stitch in a clockwise direction. Make one full circle with the tail then pull on it and watch the magic happen.
By running the tail around the circumference of the round, you created a sort of drawstring closure so when pulled, the tail closes up the hole in the middle of your work.
Get in the habit of running the tail around the circumference of the round once or twice more to make sure it’s secure before trimming the tail completely.
After you practice making a crochet round starting with a chain a few more times, you’ll be ready to dive into Chapter 2 (Crochet in the Round with a Magic Ring).
Go back to Chapter 1: Introduction to Crochet in the Round