Tutorial: Crochet a Flat Circle in Double Crochet

Crocheting a flat circle in double crochet is an easy beginner project. They can be used for so many things: coasters, pillows, washcloths or dishcloths, or as the basis for more complicated designs.

lime green double crochet circle with crochet hook

There are many variations on a double crochet circle. What follows is a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet a flat circle in double crochet using joined rounds. Instructions are given as both text and in a crochet symbol chart, as well as a video tutorial for both right- and left-handed crocheters.

These instructions use American crochet terminology. US double crochet is called “treble crochet” in the UK.

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Yarn and Hook

Use any yarn you choose, along with a hook in a size that is appropriate for this yarn. The larger the yarn and hook, the larger your circle will be.

Abbreviations

ch: chain
dc: double crochet
rnd(s): round(s)
st(s): stitches

Double Crochet Circle Worked in Joined Rounds

Ch 4, join with slip st to form a ring.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as dc throughout), 11 dc in ring, join with slip st to first dc—12 dc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join with slip st to first dc—24 dc.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] around, join with slip st to first dc—36 dc.

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts] around, join with slip st to first dc—48 dc.

Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, [dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st] to last st, dc in last st, join with slip st to first dc—60 dc.

In this example, I have placed the increases on each round so they don’t line up on top of each other. Stacking increases will eventually result in a circle that’s not quite circular but instead has slightly pointed corners.

To make the circle larger, continue to increase 12 double crochet evenly spaced on each round, taking care to alternate the location of the increases.

stitch key for crochet symbol chart
crochet symbol chart for dc circle

Troubleshooting

The Crochet Answer Book by Edie Eckman
The Crochet Answer Book

If the circle starts to cup or turn in like a bowl, make sure you are increasing enough stitches on each round. Count stitches at the end of the rounds.

If the circle starts to ripple or wave, make sure you are not increasing too many stitches on each round. Count stitches at the end of the rounds.

For more information on basic crochet techniques, refer to The Crochet Answer Book by Edie Eckman and check out Crochet Resources: Basics and Beyond.

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