Crocheting in the round

This is my first crocheting project. I’m trying to make a hat. I’m not really certain what to do, but what I was doing seemed to be working for a while. Basically, I chained six stitches, crocheted into the first stitch, and then pulled the yarn through that stitch (creating a new stitch; I figured this was how you increase for a new row). I did this for every stitch into the chain, and then round and round, increasing rapidly until I came to a point where there were so many stitches that I thought that I could skip a couple. The piece was starting to become uneven on the edges, kind of ruffled, so I thought it would be okay. But I’m not so sure.

So my questions are:
Is it right for me to crochet in the round this way? Making chain stitches, crocheting into the first stitch, but instead of moving on to the next one immediately, pulling the yarn through the stitch I just made? That was the only way I figured I could increase.

When you’re crocheting in the round, do you have to go through EVERY stitch?

How do you decrease when you reach the roundness you want?

now i am completely unorthodox
but this is how i was taught
let say you start with 8 stitches
in crease in all 8 stitches
put a pin were the round starts
crochet around without increasing to pin
increase in third stitch around to pin
trick is if it starts to get wavy dont increase
if edges are curling up increase every third or fourth stitch
alway do a round without increasing
keep th marker in place
this is a little hit and miss
i have made afghans to 50" around
i start every purse that i am making this way
it really works
and remember no one is going to count your stitches to make sure that it is relly round
let me know if this works for you

In my pattern for my Itty Bitty Anything Bag which you can find HERE, you could use the instructions up to round 6 and then continue in the pattern of increasing until the piece is as big as you want. It won’t be exactly ROUND, but will have more of an angle at each increase.

This can be used with any size yarn and hook.

Increasing in crochet is usually done by working two or more stitches into the same stitch. HERE are some video tutorials and articles on crocheting that you might find helpful.

Would love to see a picture of what you’re working on posted here!


in my usual fashion i didnt read your post carefully
for a hat adult size i crochet about 8" in the round
this may be to big
you dont have to decrease to make a hat
you just start crocheting around without increasing to the length you want and end off
some hats are 10" 0r 12" long depending on the head
and you measure from the last increase row down
i hope that this helps

Sylvia, I’m not sure what you mean by crocheting without increasing to the length you want.

What is end off?

MGM, do you increase into every stitch in the round, or just into the first stitch of the round?

And I will post a picture.

“End off” just means to finish. Cut your yarn leaving a generous tail, draw the yarn through the loop on the hook and pull it up tight.

Depending on which round you are working on, you might increase into every stitch, or you might work individual stitches a number of times before increasing in the next stitch, and then more individual stitches and then two in the same stitch to increase, and continue this around.

My hat pattern is probably a better example, since it is a hat! You can find it by clicking HERE.

“Continue without increasing” means just that…crochet once into each stitch so that each subsequent round has the same number of stitches.

Hope this helps! Holler if you need more!


mary is right and is right
because i dont crochet with a pattern
i was taught by old lady
and she never used patterns
it is a little bit of hit and miss
i have made a lot of hats
you must experiment
it is fun when you succeed
if not it is so easy to frog

[COLOR="#300090"]There are different ways to count for your increase in the round.

For a round FO that lies flat (like a doily) you increase 7 to 10 times a round depending on the height of the stitches in the round (sc, hdc, dc, tr, etc).

For a hat, you want not a flat circle or disk but more of a dome. Most hats that use a sc or dc stitch will have you increase 6 times per round until the dome is large enough to cover the crown of your head (or of your model’s head). Note that if you always increase in the stitch above your last increase the disk will not be perfectly round but more of a hexigon. One easy way to round it out is to place you increases halfway between the increases of the previous round or two.

Here are intructions for [U]making a circle[/U]. The same site has a [U]hat pattern[/U] using that circle technique.

WoollyWormHead has instructions for [U]making spiral rounds[/U]. Which is similar to how you started.

I chained six stitches, crocheted into the first stitch, and then pulled the yarn through that stitch (creating a new stitch; I figured this was how you increase for a new row).

I’m not sure what you meant buy “pulled the yarn through that stitch.” To do a sc increase you work [U]two SC in the same stitch[/U] of the previous round. That link is to a video on the Coats & Clark website.

Good luck. Crossed Fingers