Crochet Perfect Circles

I cannot believe it is already November – this year has passed by so quickly and some amazing things have happened though I am sad to say that it took away my focus from my blog…

So what happened!?

I actually got a job – but not just any job… as a technical crocheter for an incredibly talented artist here in Portugal named Joana Vasconselos.
It was a great opportunity to see how crochet can be turned into wonderful pieces of art and it definitely changed my way of thinking, when it comes to crochet.

On a personal note my wonderful boyfriend has now become my husband – he proposed back in February and we decided to marry in August, so we were a bit pressured for time planning everything, and you know what? … the day was A-mazing!!!
Anyway now I am back and I have sooo many wonderful patterns in the making, so please stay around…

 

How to crochet perfect circles

This time of year is probably also the time where most of us pick up the hook again and hopefully we will also have new crocheters joining our circle of cozy. In either case I would like to show you my trick to make perfect circles! Often the instructions for a circle worked in a spiral of Single Crochets are as follows:
  1. Magic circle + 6 SC
  2. *INC 2 SC* (12)
  3. *INC 2 SC – 1 SC* (18)
  4. *INC 2 SC – 2 SC* (24)
  5. *INC 2 SC – 3 SC* (30)
  6. *INC 2 SC – 4 SC* (36)
  7. *INC 2 SC – 5 SC* (42)
  8. *INC 2 SC – 6 SC* (48)
  9. *INC 2 SC – 7 SC* (54)
  10. *INC 2 SC – 8 SC* (60)

As you can see, with this instruction we will end up more with a hexagon than a smooth circle. If we instead alternate the places for the increases it will smooth out the appearance of the stitches, like so:

  1. Magic circle + 6 SC
  2. *INC 2 SC* (12)
  3. *1 SC – INC 2 SC* (18)
  4. *1 SC – INC 2 SC – 1 SC* (24)
  5. *3 SC – INC 2 SC* (30)
  6. *1 SC INC 2 SC – 3 SC* (36)
  7. *5 SC – INC 2 SC* (42)
  8. *2 SC – INC 2 SC – 4 SC* (48)
  9. *7 SC – INC 2 SC* (54)
  10. *3 SC – INC 2 SC – 5 SC* (60)

An added bonus is that because we start every round with a single crochet instead of an increase we will get a straight line through our work.
So as a note:
Increase in uneven stitches – work x stitches then increase ie. 5 SC – INC 2 SC = 7 SC
Increase in even stitches – make the increase in the middle stitch of the stitches from previous round ie. (with 5 SC middle stitch is no. 3) 2 SC – INC SC – 4 SC = 8 SC
I used this technique to create my crocheted coasters, which you can find the pattern for HERE. What are some of your best tricks in crochet? ?

Camilla

Homemade & Heartmade

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