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The Ultimate Guide to Crochet in the Round
Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Crochet in the Round!
You’ll get the most out of this guide if you struggle to crochet in the round and you’re willing to invest a little time into learning and improving the skills within.
This guide is designed to describe all major aspects of crocheting in the round, from what it is, to how to begin a round and work basic shapes, to how you can join (or not join) at the end of a round so you can crochet projects like hats, granny squares, rugs and even socks.
Combine this information with a little practice and you are well on your way to crocheting some of these projects with no problems!
What does the term mean anyway?
The term “crochet in the round” means the project is worked in a circular fashion, with or without joining, usually without flipping the project back and forth.
The common misconception is that it applies to circles only. However, triangles, hexagons, squares and tubes can all be made by crocheting in the round.
Any shape that’s worked around a central starting point is considered to be crocheted in the round.
With so many shapes and projects possible, understanding how to crochet in the round begins with knowing where to start.
The chapters in this guide cover the techniques you’ll see in some patterns you’re assumed to already know how to do.
Whether you want to make up your own patterns, publish them or simply follow a pattern here or anywhere else online, we’ll spend time on each crochet in the round technique throughout this guide.
Explore the Chapters…
Chapter 1: Starting the round with a Chain
For true beginners. Learn how to start any crochet in the round project using a foundation chain.
Chapter 2: Starting the Round with a Magic Ring
For true beginners. Learn how to start any crochet in the round project using the magic ring.
Chapter 3: How to Crochet a Circle
Learn the fundamentals of crocheting a circle including where to increase, how often to increase and how to start and begin each round.
Chapter 4: Principles of Crochet Squares
Learn the fundamentals of crocheting a square including how to increase to make it bigger.
Chapter 5: Principles of Crochet Triangles
Learn the fundamentals of crocheting a triangle including how to increase to make it bigger.
Chapter 6: Principles of a Crochet Hexagon
Learn the fundamentals of crocheting a hexagon including how to increase to make it bigger.
Chapter 7: How to Crochet a Round Tube
Learn how to crochet a tubular shape in the round and best practices for joining and increasing.
Chapter 8: Turning Chains and Where to Join
Learn about the role of a turning chain when crocheting in the round and where you should be joining at the end of the round.
Chapter 9: Crocheting in a Spiral Round
Learn how to crochet in the round in a spiral without joining at the end of the round.
Chapter 10: Using More Than One Color
Learn the best way to add different colors when crocheting in the round so your color changes are neat and tidy.
Chapter 11: The Invisible Join
Learn how to finish the last round in your project so it doesn’t have a little bump where you fastened off.