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Welcome, please sit down, get comfy and join me for some more mindful crafting. Today we’re continuing to learn the art of crocheting a circle.
In part 3 of the crochet for absolute beginners series we learned how to begin a circle with yarn and our crochet hook. Now we need to learn the mathematical formula for creating nice flat crochet circles. If you have too many or too little stitches in each round you’ll end up with wonky bumpy circles that don’t sit flat.
The mathematical formula to the perfectly flat crochet circle goes a little something like this:
For example, we begin with 6 stitches in round 1.
In round 2 we will need to increase in every stitch around. You now have 12 stitches.
In round 3 increase every 2nd stitch. Now you have 18 stitches.
Round 4 increase every 3rd stitch. 24 stitches will be in the 4th round.
Every round will increase 6 times so you will add 6 stitches in each round. If you begin with 8 stitches you’ll increase 8 times each round. That’s the mathematical pattern here.
Tips for keeping the right number of stitches
• Use a stitch marker to mark the first stitch in every round. Otherwise you’ll be constantly counting as you work and the chance of miscounting the stitches is too great! Trust me.
• Count your stitches at the end of each round unless you’re absolutely confident you did it correctly. Otherwise your subsequent rounds will all be off. You will notice your circle becoming more bumpy and wonky as you continue.
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