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Early in my crocheting journey I wanted to crochet some coasters. To my utter discouragement, after the painstaking effort to complete my first four coasters, as I laid them on the table I noticed they would not lay flat on the table surface. Instead they were wavy. Keep in mind that when I learned to crochet it was long before the age of internet, and I was the only person that crocheted in my circle of family and friends. The only thing I had to go with was an instruction booklet that had step by step pictures. As you can imagine this was something I struggled with in my early efforts.

So I decided writing today about a subject that I believe all of us can identify with. How to crochet a circle that lays flat. To help some other crocheter’s to glean from my failures.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you crocheting a circle. When you are crocheting a circle the most common mistake is to increase too few, or too many times, or in the wrong stitch which will cause your piece to buckle. I would like to give you a formula that will work for most crocheter’s.

I am sure there are a few of you who are asking yourself, why should I master this? Well, a flat circle is a very useful thing to master as it could be used as a coaster, a pillow, the bottom of a tote bag or purse, etc. The list is endless and varied.

Follow my instructions and it should lay perfectly flat when you are done. The method I am going to show you is going to join each round so that you will have a visible seam.

To get started you will need some yarn and an H hook. You can use any size hook, but for todays tutorial we will be crocheting with an H hook. You will need to know the chain, and single crochet and how to do a single crochet increase.

Round Circle:

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Round 1: chain 2, crochet 6 single crochet in the second chain from hook.

If you do not know how to start a round I am inserting a link for an earlier tutorial. (How to close the hole in a crochet circle)

Go to the first single crochet and insert your hook and crochet a slip stitch to join your round.

Note: To make your circle lay flat you want to increase each round by the number of stitches you have in your first circle. In this case we have six single crochets and we need to increase each round by six stitches.

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Round 2: chain 1, 2 single crochet in the first stitch and in each stitch across. (You should have 12 single crochets)

Note: You might want to take a stitch marker and insert it into your first single crochet so that it will be easy to spot the first single crochet of round 2 when you start round 3. You will then want to move your stitch marker with every new row. For the purpose of clarity in the pictures I will not be using one in this tutorial.

Go to the first single crochet and insert your hook and crochet a slip stitch to join your round.

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Round 3: Chain 1, 2 single crochet in the first stitch and 1 single crochet in the second stitch. Then repeat this pattern all the way around. ( You should have 18 single crochet.)

Note: Remember we are increasing by 6 stitches in each round to keep it looking flat.

Go to the first single crochet and insert your hook and crochet a slip stitch to join your round.

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Round 4: Chain 1, 1 single crochet in the next 2 stitches, 2 single crochet. (You should have 24 single crochets)

Note: It you alternate having your first stitch being the increase in every other round this will keep your circle round instead of looking like a hexagon.

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Round 5: Chain 1, 2 single crochet in the first stitch, 1 single crochet in the next 3 stitches.

Go to the first single crochet and insert your hook and crochet a slip stitch to join your round.

Continue in this pattern until you reach the desire size. (For example: in round 6 there will be 4 single crochet in-between each increase) Remember to alternate the increase in every other round.

Note: For each new round, add 1 extra single crochet stitch to the number of single crochet stitches between increases. For example, round 4would have 2 single crochet between increases then round 5 would have 3 single crochet between increases and so on.

Note: An increase is done by crocheting 2 single crochets in one stitch

I hope this will be useful for some of you, I am trying to share some things that were hurdles for me when I was learning. If there is a subject topic you would like to know about, please email me at crochetingwithpassion@gmail.com. I will be glad to help.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.