Crochet Lesson: Crocheting in the Roundcomments (1) April 3rd, 2008
One of the things I love most about crocheting is the art of crocheting in the round. There’s no long, pesky foundation chain to poke your hook through, just a magic ring (or a few chain stitches joined to form a ring) and then you’re off.
I made up some simple coasters for spring to introduce you to making a magic ring and crocheting in the round. Working in rounds opens up a whole new world of possibility—hats, amugurimi, seamless wristwarmers, you name it! Check out the step-by-step photos to get started, or zoom straight to the pattern if you already know this stuff.
Simple Coasters Pattern
What you’ll need:
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook & a small amount of yarn suitable for hook (I used Lana Grossa “Bingo” and some spare bulky wool.)
Make a magic ring. This is, for all intents and purposes, the same thing as the slipknot you would make at the beginning of any foundation chain. Starting with an 8-inch tail, wrap the yarn around your fingers twice, then use your hook (or other hand) to pull up the yarn tail end slightly. Do NOT pull the tail end all the way through.
Grab the tail end and the ball end of the yarn, and the hook (with yarn loop still on it). Tug the tail end of the yarn to tighten the loop on your hook. You can leave the loop slightly larger than normal–I like to tug it taut after working my first round so the circle closes.
Begin working round 1. For the coasters, this means chaining 3 to account for the height of the double crochet stitch.
Continue working into the ring (9 more dc). When you’ve made your first round of stitches, insert your hook in the 3rd chain of the round (this counts as the top of the first stitch) under the “V” shape. Yarn over and pull the loop through all of the loops on your hook to join the round.
Pull the yarn tail end to tighten the center, and continue with subsequent rounds of work. In general, you’ll be increasing (adding more stitches) to each round in order to get a flat circle.
Spring Coaster pattern
Make a magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 10 sc into ring. Join. –10 sc.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in first st. 2 dc in each stitch of round. Join. –20 dc.
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc). * 2dc into next st., dc in following st. Repeat from * around. Join.—30 dc.
Round 4 (for flowery edging): *Ch 1, skip 1 st, 5 dc into next st. Ch 1, sk. 1 st, sc. Repeat from * around, seven times. Join. Weave in ends, block if desired. Now you have some super quick and easy coasters for spring. They make a perfect hostess gift, and you can dive into your stash for materials, so they’re practically free! You can also try this pattern with different weights of yarn to make different sized flowers. Stack and sew them together for a quick blooming brooch.
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