How to Double Crochet an Oval

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 20 Comments

An oval is a basic shape that can be crocheted for many purposes, such as to create a placemat, bag, or dishcloth. But how do you crochet a basic oval? Ovals come in different shapes. The oval we are crocheting today is nothing more than a half circle + a rectangle (of any length) + a half circle.

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Therefore, we’ll use elements of each shape in our tutorial. The increases are similar to that of circles, and the rectangle part is just like crocheting in even rows. We’ll be working with a foundation chain of 9, but you can increase the length of the foundation chain if you’d like a longer oval. Additionally, we’ll be working in 3 rounds of double crochet, but you could increase the number or rounds to make your oval bigger.

This shape can be useful in designing many different crocheted objects. For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make an oval swatch in this tutorial. I am going to use my swatch for a napkin I can keep with me! Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.

You may mouse over images for left-handed views.

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

Foundation: ch 9.

Round 1: 2 dc into the 4th ch from hook (turning chain counts as 1 dc)

The photo below shows this done. The white arrow is pointing to the turning chain. The back arrow is pointing to the next ch.



dc into next 4 dc.
The photo below shows this done. The arrow is pointing to the final ch.



6 dc into final ch.

The photo below shows this in progress. The white arrow is pointing to the final ch. There is one dc remaining to be worked in this chain.



Working into the other side of the ch, dc into next 4 dc, 3 dc into last ch.

The photo below shows this in progress.



Join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3: 20 sc

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1 dc now and throughout), do not turn, dc into same stitch as slip stitch, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc

The photo below shows this done.



(Note: Increases are like crocheting a circle.)

dc in next 4 dc.

The photo below shows this done.



2 dc in each of the next 6 dc.

The photo below shows this done. The white lines show the half circle – rectangle – half circle divisions.



dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc into each of the next 3 dc. join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3: 32 dc

The photo below shows this almost done.



Round 3: ch 3, dc into same stitch as sl st, dc into next dc, (2 dc into next dc, dc into next dc) 2 times.

The photo below shows this done. The white lines show the half circle – rectangle – circle divisions.



dc into next 4 dc, (2 dc into next dc, dc into next dc) 6 times.

The photo below shows this done.



dc into next 4 dc, (2 dc into next dc, dc into next dc) 3 times, join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3: 44 dc

The photo below shows this in progress. Just two more stitches to go!



Finishing: Finish off. Weave in ends.

If you have any questions, or need any help, please leave a comment below!

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20 Comments

  1. pat henry says:

    Thank you so much for the instructions on how to make an oval. I have an oval table and have wanted to make oval placemats but was too scared (or lazy) to try and formulate a pattern.

    You made it very clea and sensible, even for me.

    Thank you again. pat

  2. Collette says:

    Thanks, Cami, for the tutorial! I already knew how to crochet an oval, but couldn’t figure out how to explain it to my students in my crochet class!! I love the explanation that it is basically 2 half circles and a rectangle!! That makes it so much easier to understand!

  3. Poppy says:

    finally a pattern/”how to” in i could understand. Thanks from Europe! :)

  4. Michal says:

    this was just perfect for me to understand. I also like the idea of dividing it into two half circles and one rectangle. It helped me count each round since I could think of in in smaller units.
    I just love your blog! I only learned to crochet last year and I have gotten so much help here on new techniques like changing colors and now this oval.
    all the best from Israel
    Michal

  5. Jean says:

    How do you make this pattern larger?

    Thanks

  6. Jean says:

    I don’t know the formula for increasing the circle part on additional rounds. What I’ve tried just asn’t worked.

    Thanks

  7. Gerry says:

    Hi. I am a beginner and can do the oval..but how would you continue on to do the sides of a basket? Decrease just at the ends of the oval?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Gerry! If you are making an oval base for your basket, and you just want to add sides, you can crochet around the oval without increasing or decreasing. That will create height and give you sides.

  8. Niki says:

    I have been looking everywhere for something a bit more of an eclipse shape. I’m trying to make his and hers portal blankets. (It’s nerdy) do you have any advice for making a less rounded oval?

  9. Yvette says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern. I have been searching online for the perfect oval pattern, and I came across yours. Love it!! Thank you so much!!

  10. Christine says:

    Hi love the pattern “Thank You” but I am not seeing the increase like a circle to me there is no ryme or reason can you help?

  11. Christine says:

    Hi again well, after looking around at different web sites and prayer I finally understand and see how it comes together. Great tutorial Thank you again :)

  12. Christine says:

    Well I thought I understood but I just don’t. If I wanted to make a place mat well I just don’t know. Do I increase next row with one dc in next two then two dc in same st six on each corner of the circle ? If I could understand the concept maybe I might get it need help please.

  13. mary says:

    did you make a mistake in round one you said inc by 3 but that doesn’t work out for me to make it 20 in the row I did 4 and it added up to 20 then also how would you inc in next round to make 56 stitches as you are inc by 12 44 and 56 makes i2 thank you mary

  14. Susan says:

    I want to crochet a half circle. It is for the bottom (the black part) of an eye on a character hat that I am crocheting. (As if it is looking down) hopefully you understand what I am talking about. Thank you!

  15. Marie says:

    Hi,Finally an easy oval pattern to understand! But I need a fourth row and just can’t figure out where to put the increases. Could you please let me know the stitches for a 4th row. I know I could just go around it but I don’t want to do that, looks tacky lol. Thanks so much!!

    • Angela says:

      For a circle:

      2 dc into each dc from foundation round
      2 dc into 1st dc, dc into next dc, repeat (2 dc, dc, 2 dc, dc, …)
      2 dc into 1st dc, dc into next 2 dc,repeat (2 dc, dc, dc, 2 dc, dc, dc, …)
      2 dc into 1st dc, dc into next 3 dc, repeat (2 dc, dc, dc, dc, 2 dc, dc, dc, dc, …)
      2 dc into 1st dc, dc into next 4 dc, repeat (2 dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, 2 dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, …)
      2 dc into 1st dc, dc into next 5 dc, repeat (2 dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, 2 dc, dc, dc, dc, dc, dc)

      So for a fourth round, you would work two dc between working 2dc into a single dc on the rounded ends and continue to work one dc into each dc for the straight/rectangular section

      (ch 3, dc into same stitch as sl st, dc into next 2 dc, (2 dc into next dc, dc into next 2 dc) 2 times, dc into next 4 dc, (2 dc into next dc, dc into next 2 dc) 6 times, dc into next 4 dc, (2 dc into next dc, dc into next 2 dc) 3 times, join with sl st to the top of the beginning ch-3: 56 dc

  16. Keechpeach says:

    Brilliant! Thanks! Just what I needed to make a long oval pond for three little duckies that I crocheted. :)

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