How to crochet in the round

Find out how to move on from flat pieces! It’s time to crochet in the round, and in three dimensions…

Thanks to Debbie Tomkies, for showing us how it’s done – you can see more from Debbie over on her website DT Craft & Design. To get crocheting, all you need is your hook, some yarn, and our step by step instructions – scroll down the page and see below to find out how it’s done!

Make a slipknot by folding working yarn in front of the tail end to form a circle, then passing working yarn through circle from back to front to form a loop. Loop should slide freely. Hold hook like a pencil in RH and use middle finger to support hook underneath. Place slipknot on hook and draw up so it stays in place but is not tight.

Wrap working yarn round fingers of LH as shown. Hold yarn firmly but not too tightly to maintain even tension and a comfortable stitching position. If this feels awkward, wrap the yarn in a way that feels comfortable while allowing you to keep your work even.

Holding base of slipknot with LH, wrap main yarn round hook, taking it behind hook, bringing forwards over top of hook, then taking back under hook (a clockwise motion with LH). Hold yarn to back with just enough tension to keep it under hook but without being too tight.

Keeping working yarn under hook, draw hook through loop. One chain made. Repeat until required number of chain stitches has been made. For circles and tubes there is no turning chain at this stage, so just make the number of chain you need.

To start your circle, join the chain using a slip stitch. To do this, insert hook from front to back into first chain made. Yrh and draw hook through chain and through loop on hook. One loop should be left on hook. Check that there are no twists in the chain.

The circle as illustrated would be used for a flat circle. For a tubular fabric, a much larger circle may be created simply by making a much longer length of chain joined, as here, with a slip stitch. (Note: For tubular fabrics, each stitch in the first round is worked into a chain, not into the centre).

For a solid circle of fabric (as opposed to a tube) in double crochet, make one chain. Insert hook from front to back into centre of chain circle. Yrh, draw hook back through (2 loops on hook). Yrh, draw hook through 2 loops on hook (1 loop on hook). One st made. Illustration shows one st made and start of second st into centre.

Repeat step 6 until stated number of sts have been worked into centre of chain circle. Lay work flat, count sts (one ch loop is one st). Check work is not twisted. Spread sts evenly around circle if necessary. (Note: for very dense fabrics there may be lots of sts in centre of circle so it can be quite a squeeze to fit them all in!)

Mark start of round. Make one ch (or number stated in pattern), double crochet (dc) into st at base of ch. Work 2 dc into each st around the circle. (You will now have twice number of original sts). Slip st last st to first st of round.

For circles stitching progresses in a continuous spiral, spacing increases so as to keep the fabric flat. To form the tube section, once the correct diameter is reached work continues without further increases. The work is still not turned and is continued in a spiral by crocheting continuously, usually making no distinction at the end of rounds.