Mary Beth Temple

Crocheting in Circles

Mary Beth Temple
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Duration:   9  mins

Crocheting in circles is a fun technique used to create lots of unique projects, from crocheted doilies to crocheted hats. In this video, crochet expert Mary Beth Temple explains how to crochet a circle and reviews some of the basic rules used to create this fun shape.

Mary Beth begins by discussing important attributes of a crocheted circle. If there are too many stitches in a round, then the circle will begin to create a ruffle. If there are too few stitches, then the circle begins to form a cup. When working in basic stitches, like single, double, or treble crochet, the rules are simple to form a circle. If using more complicated stitch patterns, like a lace pattern for a doily, some swatches may need to be worked to determine the best rate of increase.


  • Single Crochet: Start with 6 stitches for the first round, increase by 6 stitches every subsequent round.
  • Half Double Crochet: Start with 9 stitches for the first round, increase by 9 stitches every subsequent round.
  • Double Crochet: Start with 12 stitches for the first round, increase by 12 stitches every subsequent round.
  • Treble Crochet: Start with 15 stitches for the first round, increase by 15 stitches every subsequent round.

The crochet circle can be started in three ways:

  1. 1. Chain the appropriate number of stitches for the stitch type being used and then crochet the first round of stitches into the chain furthest from the hook.
  2. 2. Chain 3 to 4 stitches, slip stitch to join chain in the round, and work stitches into the chain space.
  3. 3. Magic (or adjustable) ring.

Mary Beth ends the video by discussing different ways to work the circle to create the best circular shape. Depending on the construction, the increases can be stacked, or the circle can be worked in a spiral.

This video follows US crochet terminology.