How to Make Your Crochet Circle Flat:

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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 I will be glad to help.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.


About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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6 Responses to How to Make Your Crochet Circle Flat:

  1. cherryltwo says:

    Thanks for taking the time to share. It really does work!

  2. I am glad you liked the post, and thanks for the encouraging words.

  3. betsy says:

    hi, your writing is great .I need help for trying to figure where my marker was I lost the place twice and may flat is not exactly round ..I am making a bag wit a bıg bottom 65 single crochet and then 2 sc is my pattern what is the way to fıgure where I was Where did I do wrong..
    thanks in advance

  4. First I would like to say how sorry I am it took so long to respond, I was on vacation visiting my son and grandchildren in the month of May. I always place the marking at the beginning of the round. Is that what you are looking for?

  5. betty says:

    I am crocheting a Afghan that is a series of circles and will be joined together by as set of loops around the last row/ I am crocheting in two different colours and so increasing the stitches each round will not work with my pattern. can u help. these circles will not lay flat.

  6. It would be hard to tell you without seeing it but as a general rule, if the center is popping up it probably is because you do not have enough stitches in each row. If the edge is ruffling it probably mean you have to many stitches in each row. I hope this helps.

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