Thursday, November 1, 2012

Circle Time – Crochet Circle Basics

by M. J. Joachim
Begin each circle with a series of chain stitches that are joined with a slip stitch into a ring.
Crochet in the circle, wrapping around the tail and circular chain foundation.

Substitute the foundation chain with rings, hair ties, twist ties forming a circle and just about anything that has a circular shape. You can even recycle old costume jewelry this way.

Chain 2, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook. Chain 1, single crochet 6 times in same space, to begin circular process of making heads, paws, flower centers and other closely woven circles. Individual patterns will vary. Some will join each round with a slip stitch, before beginning the next round. Others won’t.

Gradually increase stitches to make diameter of circles bigger. Fewer stitches in earlier rounds results in a 3-Dimensional basket effect, while more stitches in earlier rounds help to keep the circle flat.

Circles are often used as the beginning of other crochet motif shapes. These motifs will usually have stitch numbers divisible by the number of sides they have, to develop evenness throughout the patterns.

That’s all for now, good people! Thanks for visiting the Lots of Crochet Stitches blog!
M. J.

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