Official Crochet

Friday, March 17, 2006

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How to create a perfect circle

To form a tube, work a foundation chain and slipstitch into the first chain to form a ring. To work, single crochet around, chain 1, then work one single crochet into each chain stitch around. When you get to the end of the round, you can work in the spiral-fashion or treat each round separately.

To work in the spiral-fashion, you continue to work in rounds without a slipstitch to join the rounds. When you finish your first round, you begin your second round. It’s a good idea to place a marker at the end of round 1 and move it up with each new round to keep track of the rounds completed.

To treat each round separately, at the end of the round join the last stitch to the first stitch of that round with a slipstitch. Before beginning the next round, work a chain 1, then continue to work around, closing the round by working a slip stitch into the first stitch worked at the beginning of the round.

The second method of working in rounds is to obtain a flat surface or motif. Shapes most commonly found when using this method are circles, hexagons, ovals, and squares. These shapes are formed with increases spaced out in the piece, or places one above another.

To make a circle, chain the desired number of stitches and form a ring by slip stitching into first the chain. Work the first round directly into the space formed by the center of the ring, not into the chain stitches.

The trick to a perfect circle is to not place your increases in the same spot.

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This was just one more tip taken from the "Official Guide to Crochet"

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Crocheting in the round

Crocheting in the round has two separate meanings. The first is where you form a tube, for example when you’re making a pair of leg warmers. The second is when you’re forming a flat circular surface, for example when making a doily.

In both cases you begin with a foundation chain, joined with a slipstitch. To form a tube, work the stitches into the foundation chain. When the first round is complete move to the second round. To count your rounds, place a marker at the end of the first.

To create a flat circular surface, make a circle by joining the foundation chain with a slipstitch. The first round of stitches goes into the space in the center of the ring. In the next round, stitches are worked under the top loops of each stitch. To achieve a flat surface, you need to increase the stitches according to the pattern instructions.

When working with circles, sometimes seeing where you started a round is impossible and you have to count your stitches back. Marking the round avoids this happening. Take a small piece of yarn or thread, and tie it onto your yarn in use.

Another Tip taken from the "Official Guide to Crochet"

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