So now that we know the single and double crochet in rows, let’s practice doing them in the round. If you missed my earlier post on beginning crochet, please read it here. Working in the round just means you work continuously while rotating your project rather than from one end to the other and flipping it over to repeat.
1) Crochet Hook (comes in various sizes, you might need a different size depending on the project) – To start I recommend a beginning set but if you must buy only one, I suggest a 4mm or 5mm
2) Yarn (usually worsted weight yarn such as Red Heart Yarn — no need to buy expensive wool or anything yet since you’re still learning)
4) Yarn/Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)
5) Stitch markers if working in the round (continuously in a circle without turning over back and forth) — I just use a bobby pin or safety-pin
6) Polyester Fiberfill (to stuff the amigurumis)
7) Darice Shank Black Eyes (If you choose to use them rather than stitch in eyes)
8) LOTS of PATIENCE!!!
*I suggest you search around your local thrift stores prior to investing in the supplies from a craft store. If you decide to buy from a craft store, I love Jo-Ann Fabrics since they always have coupons for 50% off one item or sale on yarn and if you join their site, you can combine the emailed coupons with the ones on their website sometimes.
To work in the round, you do not make a long beginning chain, you make a circle. B. Hooked Crochet from YouTube has a great video on how to make this circle 2 different ways (I love the Magic Circle Method and use it all the time, even when patterns have the other way listed down):
Now, she did the “Magic Circle” with the double crochet. Here’s a video on how to do the magic circle with single crochet (via Hectanooga1 with AllFreeCrochet):
Usually the single crochet magic circle is done with amigurumi and the double crochet is for hats. To form the project, you will have to learn how to increase and decrease. To increase, you’ll work 2 stitches into the same stitch and to decrease, you’ll work 2 stitches into one. Here are 2 videos by Crochet Ever After to show the processes of increasing and decreasing in the round via double crochet:
Allison Hoffman from YouTube has a great follow along video on making these adorable little amigurumi monsters and she demonstrates how to increase via single crochet in the round:
Because the monsters are small, she counted her stitches rather than use a stitch marker but to use it, you just clip it on the beginning chain so that once you go all the way around, you know you’ve reach the beginning of the next row. You will then remove the marker, do your stitch, and replace it on the stitch you just completed. Crochet Ever After shows how to single crochet decrease in the round as well as how to use her stitch marker:
SOoooo, working in the round is a bit tricky and takes some time to get use to but one of the great ways to practice is making tiny amigurumi or hats. Try out the little monsters and also this hat pattern crochet along by Hats, Hugs, and Hope (It is for a toddler). It exposes you to some pattern reading so perfect for your learning experience as well.
To further your growth as a crocheter, I recommend buying a crochet book full of stitches and techniques. If you ever get stuck on following anything, YouTube usually has videos on how to do certain stitches. So use your book primarily and YouTube as a supplement. I recommend The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet by Margaret Hubert. It has stitches as well as embellishments, some patterns, how to read written and graph patterns, and how to sew together pieces.
So keep learning; it’s a continuous process. You’ll find out that there are better ways to do certain things than by the book once you’re use to it. Let me know if you have any questions and requests. Please stay tune for patterns in the future, some I love and want to share and some I will write to share. 🙂