How to Crochet Seamlessly in the Round Like a SpiralBy Rachel Choi – Be the first to comment
Recently, I received a few questions regarding how to crochet seamlessly in the round. So in this post, I’ll describe the technique in detail for the beginner level crocheters. No experience crocheting in the round is necessary! I will demonstrate a swatch using single crochet and address using a stitch marker. Then explain the technique in more detail if you wish to use other stitches in the future.
Here is a quick, flat circle pattern that I will use to demonstrate the technique. You can use any hook and yarn that you have handy to practice.
Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook, place marker: 6 sc
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around: 18 sc
Hover over the images in this tutorial for a left hand view!
To start round 1 of the circle, I’ll begin by chaining 2.
Then make 6 sc in the second ch from the hook. Counting the chains starting from your hook, you will skip the first chain and work into the second chain. The second chain from the hook is the very first chain that you made.
After completing the 6 sc, place a stitch marker onto the loop that is on your hook. You can use a crochet stitch marker, or if you don’t have one you can use a scrap of yarn, paper clip, safety pin, etc. The stitch marker will help you see where one round ends and the next begins, which can be hard to see when crocheting in a spiral shape.
To begin round 2, do not make any chains, joins, or turn. Instead, work the instructions exactly as written, 2 sc in each sc around. Make the very first single crochet into the very first single crochet of the previous round. Continue to work around the circle into each of the stitches as instructed.
The last stitch on the round will be made into the stitch right before the stitch that has the marker in it. If you work into the stitch with the stitch marker, you miscounted! You will have a total of 12 sc when you are done round 2.
When you are done round 2, move the stitch marker onto the loop that is on your hook.
Begin round 3, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around, the same way you began round 2. Your first stitches will be worked into the first stitch on the previous round and you will work around the circle until you reach your stitch marker.
For the sake of this example, we will end the circle here. For a clean finish, I recommend slip stitching into the first single crochet you made on round 3, then finishing off. This one and only join in the project will help level the beginning and end of the very last round to give a clean finish.
Congrats! You created a little circle crocheted seamlessly on the round like a spiral. This tiny project is simply a small fraction of what you can make with this technique. Crocheting seamlessly in the round has endless project applications ranging from crochet hats, to bags, to toys. You can now use this technique when you come across it in crochet patterns or even modify patterns that have ugly joins in them.
Need help crocheting seamlessly in the round, like a spiral? Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help!