how to count crochet stitches in the round
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great to teach yourself to crochet. If I understand the pattern correctly: at the top, formula for a flat circle. Try one of our fun crochet patterns! The loop on the hook doesn’t count! Here’s how: Crochet around your ring as usual. Site designed & built by Michelle Lorimer. You’ll start to understand the pattern more when you go over the tutorial! All photos and graphics by Shelley

If you remember, when we learned about single crochet (which you can read about here),  a new row starts with a chain 1. Again, thank you. If you are following a written pattern, you can check off each row as you complete it.

Question… If my circle is curling and I repeat the previous round, won’t it get the stitch count wonky?? My projects were almost always wider or narrower at the top than at the bottom. And so on, increasing the “into the next ‘X’ number of sts” by 1 each round. Thanks for making this so ILLUSTRATIVE regarding the point you are making! I am very happy I found your pointers. It’s enough for me to keep track of where I am up to. Thank you so much for this post. VERY Nice diy. same stitch the turning chain is coming from. That’s brilliant! A double crochet row starts with a chain 3. many thanks, Ann. that was depressing then my counting lol ). Ch 2 at the beginning of round counts as hdc. If you begin with 6, your stitch count will increase by 6 each round. Then start the new colour with slip stitch in a new stitch, ch1 in place of first stitch etc. And so on. I don’t have a tutorial on it, but the amazing Dedri from Look at what I made does. I’m glad the post helped you!

I made a small candy basket a few months ago and the base of it has that spiral effect in it. If you begin your next round a repeat too early or late, it’s only a 1 stitch difference in the round. Copyright Yay For Yarn © 2019. I’ve always done it your way. When you crochet in the round, it can be tricky to count your stitches.

It’s hard to say Melody. Does the chain 2 spaces in between stitches count as 1 or 2 atitches?

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You are a true teacher. omg, thanks so much for this!!!! Does it get wider or narrower as you go? How to Count the Number of Stitches in a Round (crochet).

Most well-written crochet patterns will give a stitch count (number of stitches you should have) for each row or round. Let’s start with single crochet. Now I’m going to try this method and see how it goes. But I will try to think of a way to make is simple and easy to understand for everyone and do a post about it. Thank you – I never was very good at my times tables Enjoy the bags , Thank you so much for the lightbulb you put over my head with this post. 2 stitches in the first stitch, 1 stitch in the next stitch. If squeezing yarn, collecting yarn, or making stuff from yarn is your thing, you’ll feel right at home here. This happens to beginner crocheters all. Learning how to count stitches in crochet is really important.

So I’m having a hard time because your thing said if it cups I need to add more stitches. If you'd rather mark the rows as you crochet, you can slide the stitch marker onto your hook after the first stitch of a row so that you see it as you crochet. 8.

It’s so clear! Looking forward to the bag tutorial. This doubles the number of stitches in your round. Here’s what a decrease looks like in several types of crocheted fabric; single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet: So, why is this problem so common? This helps. Halloween Fabric Bundles Are in the Shop! I’ll let you know how I get on. What if you are following a pattern and your circle is still ruffling? Welcome! So there you go. Your email address will not be published.

But then won’t it wave?

Thanks. Is your crochet a wonky shape? I am working on learning tunisian crochet right now. Watch the detailed video tutorial below for more info and explanation on counting stitches: haha! , I have struggled and struggled …..I have went mad trying to count in the round…..A BIG THANKS, I’ve been counting wrong for years, haha! Thank you for the time you put into the tutorial and the pictures. Easy Peasy!

Very clear instructions and pictures! If you start with 6 stitches, your total stitch count will increase by 6 after each round. So let’s look at a circle made with the standard formula with a starting round of 12 stitches : Round 2     2 sts worked into each st of Round 1 {24 sts}, Round 3     2 sts worked into the first st, 1 st worked into the next st, repeated all the way around. easy to learn step-by-step picture tutorial waiting for you right here! Thanks for stopping by.

My pleasure Narelle I’m glad it’s useful . Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Powered by Mai Theme, Organize & Plan Crochet Projects Like a PRO, Opt-in below to access my FREE 3-day email training Common Mistakes & How To Fix Them, By signing up, you will automatically be added to my weekly newsletter. So start counting with the chain 3 and then continue. Stick your hook through the circle, hooking the working end of your yarn with the hook and then pulling it back through the center of the circle. Required fields are marked *. Good luck trying things out and seeing how it goes!

See below: Remember when we learned about double crochet? It took me a minute to figure out your stitch count charts (I’m a slow light bulb sometimes!)

I share crochet patterns, tutorials and other bits of crochet goodness to delight your creative soul! In order for your circle to remain flat, you have to evenly space out your increases. If it’s ruffling, it generally means there are too many stitches. Happy Yarning!

I'm Cheryl. You are quite welcome! Hey glad I saw this, I been crocheting for yrs, and I still have trouble counting stitches. I suspect it’ll be pretty similar to the US dc though. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.

Thank you for exposing so easily. An accurate stitch count (along with your gauge) means your project will turn out just as the designer intended. Great simple ideas, I also don’t use a stitch marker for the rows and use a piece of thread but when I think I’ve done a row I switch the thread to the other side of my work, feeding it up the work giving a better idea of when a round is finished.

Counting the stitches in the row each time you finish a row will show you if you accidentally skipped or added a stitch somewhere. I value your privacy and will protect it. I’ll use this example when I teach my next yarn addict. It’s easily fixed if you modify your pattern as soon as you notice. Attach your yarn to your crochet hook with a slip knot.

On the following row, you will work into the top of the turning chain from the previous row.

I’ll be using this post as the basis for my upcoming tutorial showing you how I make bags like this    Crochet Bags tutorial – now live . the. My circular rug is coming beautifully. unless otherwise stated. I prefer to eliminate the turning chain altogether by replacing it with a Chainless Starting Stitch. I am planning on some more in depth stuff in the future – it’s a time thing. I do plan on putting a boarder with different color. All the other stitches COUNT the starting chain in a row as a stitch. thanks for that Barbara So to end a bit more smoothy than with a slip stitch, you can use an invisible join. Filed Under: Crochet Techniques, Getting Started, Reference. Sign up to receive email updates starting with a Printable Crochet & Knit Journal! No wonder I couldn’t get my edges straight on my projects! The stitch you choose will determine how many stitches you will begin with. Your email address will not be published. Here’s what an increase looks like in several types of crocheted fabric; single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet: We can also subtract stitches from a row to make the fabric narrower. No matter what type of project I tried to make, I never could seem to make a straight piece. Have you ever tried to crochet a simple rectangle, and had it come out looking like this? 2.

I’m interested in knowing which loops to use when you are crocheting in the round after a chain space. Most well-written crochet patterns will give a stitch count (number of stitches you should have) for each row or round.

The tips you have written helped me immensely. I would love to see video tutorials.

I count the stitches of each round repeatedly, knowing that st numbers 1 & 2 are worked into the same stitch. If you start with 8 stitches, your total stitch count will increase by 8 after each round. Thanks for the bottom pattern formula and the numbers to make a perfect circle. The blue marks make it totally clear. Do you see the loop that’s on my hook? Very helpful and . 2. no need to frog the whole lot – just either frog the last round and add a few more stitches or keep going and add a few more stitches in your next round. I’m a newbie so excuse me if I sound crazy, just determined. It’s a fun, inexpensive, and totally portable craft. Thanks Dallas They’re a great stash busting project and handy too . If it is a piece that needs to fit or something that is worked in the round, I will usually “not” count the turning chain–because otherwise I would end up with 1 stitch less per row and my piece my turn out too small. {48 sts}, Round 5     2 sts worked into the first st, 1 st worked into the next 3 sts, repeated all the way around. Also, depending on your crochet style and the yarn and hook combo you are using, you may find after a while you get ruffling or cupping. Someti… Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Repeat the last few rounds of increases – eg if you were up to Round 6, do (1, 2), 3, 4, 5, 6, (1,2), 3, 4, 5, 6 a couple of times and see if it flattens out, then continue with your increases.

I consulted several crochet books before writing this post (I have quite a large collection) and I have been crocheting for more than 40 years. If a stitch has been ‘stitched into’, that means it’s part of the previous round, so don’t count it! Note that the beginning chain does NOT count as a row, the stitches that go into that beginning chain are the ones that count. If the pattern does count the turning chain as a stitch, you’ll need to work the first stitch of the row into the next stitch (the stitch after the one the turning chain is coming from). Required fields are marked *. Normally, we make a decrease with a decrease stitch, which works two or more stitches together into one. Its only row 6 will it be better if I pull it? It doesn’t have to be in the middle each time, just in a different spot to the even rounds. Thanks! Here, I’ve highlighted the first V: Now it’s your turn.

Thank you for taking time to share your knowledge.

I’ve been crocheting for a very long time also but I find you can always learn something new. My question is how do I finish with a even row? i like you pattens the only is that i cannot copy them do you not have them free. So instead of starting with 12 sts, I started with 16 and followed the formula and all was well. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), The Secret Crochet Circle Formula (and how to tweak it). Round 7 could just as easily have worked with (4, 5) or (5, 6). If it is a flat piece (like an afghan or blanket), I usually will choose to work it traditionally (counting the turning chain as a stitch) as I feel that gives a straighter edge. Stitch markers are often used in spots that could be tricky to find later, especially when working in the round.For example, if you're likely to zone out while you're crocheting, you'll probably want to use them to mark the beginning/ending of rounds so that you don't crochet (or knit) past them without being aware of it.


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