How to make a flat circle in single, half double, or double crochet

Sometimes you need to crochet a flat circle. It is a good basic skill to know, so I am sharing a how~to with you. Here you will find written instructions with process photos to help, charts, and videos, showing how to crochet a flat circle in single, half double, and double crochet.

Here we go!

For the samples seen here, I used Peaches and Cream yarn, and an 8/H/5mm hook. However, this is really a tutorial showing you how to make flat circles, you can use nearly any yarn and a hook that works with your yarn.

Single Crochet Flat Circle

Stitches and Skills used:
ch ~ chain
sl st ~ slip stitch
sc ~ single crochet

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Video:

Pattern:

Round 1: Ch 4, sl st into first ch made to form a loop,  6 sc into loop, sl st to top of first sc to join.

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Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as first sc), 2 sc in each st around, sl st to top of first sc to join. (12 sc)

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Round 3: Ch 1 (does not count as first sc), 2 sc in first st, sc in next st, [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 5 times, sl st to top of first sc to join. (18 sc)

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Round 4: Ch 1 (does not count as first sc), sc in first st, [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts] 5 times, sc in next st, sl st to top of first sc to join. (24 sc)

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Round 5: Ch 1 (does not count as first sc), 2 sc in first st, sc in each of next 3 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts] 5 times, sl st to top of first sc to join. (30 sc)

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Round 6: Ch 1 (does not count as first sc), sc in first st, sc in next st, [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts] 5 times, sc in each of next 2 sts, sl st to top of first sc to join. (36 sc)

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Round 7: Ch 1 (does not count as first sc), 2 sc in first st, sc in each of next 5 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 5 sts] 5 times, sl st to top of first sc to join. (42 sc)
Round 8: Ch 1 (does not count as first sc), sc in first st, sc in each of next 2 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts] 5 times, sc in each of next 3 sts, sl st to top of first sc to join. (48 sc)
Round 9: Ch 1 (does not count as first sc), 2 sc in first st, sc in each of next 7 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts] 5 times, sl st to top of first sc to join. (54 sc)
Continue in this manner until your circle is the size you need.

NOTE: Somehow, when making this chart, I forgot to add in row 1!! So the first row you see in the chart is row 2.

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Half Double Crochet Flat Circle

Stitches and Skills used:
ch ~ chain
sl st ~ slip stitch
hdc ~ half double crochet

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Video:

Pattern:

Round 1: Ch 4, sl st into first ch made to form a loop, ch 1 (does not count as first hdc) 8 hdc into loop. (8 hdc)

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Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as first hdc), 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to top of first hdc to join. (16 hdc)

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Round 3: Ch 1 (does not count as first hdc), 2 hdc in first st, hdc in next st, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st] 7 times, sl st to top of first hdc to join. (24 hdc)

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Round 4: Ch 1 (does not count as first hdc), hdc in first st, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts] 7 times, hdc in next st, sl st to top of first hdc to join. (32 hdc)

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Round 5: Ch 1 (does not count as first hdc), 2 hdc in first st, hdc in each of next 3 sts, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 3 sts] 7 times, sl st to top of first hdc to join. (40 hdc)

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Round 6: Ch 1 (does not count as first hdc), hdc in first st, hdc in next st, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 4 sts] 7 times, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sl st to top of first hdc to join. (48 hdc)

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Round 7: Ch 1 (does not count as first hdc), 2 hdc in first st, hdc in each of next 5 sts, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 5 sts] 7 times, sl st to top of first hdc to join. (56 hdc)
Round 8: Ch 1 (does not count as first hdc), hdc in first st, hdc in each of next 2 sts, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 6 sts] 7 times, hdc in each of next 3 sts, sl st to top of first hdc to join. (64 hdc)
Round 9: Ch 1 (does not count as first hdc), 2 hdc in first st, hdc in each of next 7 sts, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 7 sts] 7 times, sl st to top of first hdc to join. (72 hdc)
Continue in this manner until your circle is the size you need.

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Double Crochet Flat Circle

Stitches and Skills used:
ch ~ chain
sl st ~ slip stitch
dc ~ double crochet

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Video:

Pattern:

Round 1: Ch 4, sl st into first ch made to form a loop, ch 1 (does not count as first dc) 12 dc into loop.

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Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as first dc), 2 dc in each st around, sl st to top of first dc to join. (24 dc)

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Round 3: Ch 1 (does not count as first dc), 2 dc in first st, dc in next st, [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] 11 times, sl st to top of first dc to join. (36 dc)

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Round 4: Ch 1 (does not count as first dc), dc in first st, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts] 11 times, dc in next st, sl st to top of first dc to join. (48 dc)

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Round 5: Ch 1 (does not count as first dc), 2 dc in first st, dc in each of next 3 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts] 11 times, sl st to top of first dc to join. (60 dc)

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Round 6: Ch 1 (does not count as first dc), dc in first st, dc in next st, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 4 sts] 11 times, dc in each of next 2 sts, sl st to top of first dc to join. (72 dc)
Round 7: Ch 1 (does not count as first dc), 2 dc in first st, dc in each of next 5 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 5 sts] 11 times, sl st to top of first dc to join. (84 dc)
Round 8: Ch 1 (does not count as first dc), dc in first st, dc in each of next 2 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 6 sts] 11 times, dc in each of next 3 sts, sl st to top of first dc to join. (96 dc)
Round 9: Ch 1 (does not count as first dc), 2 dc in first st, dc in each of next 7 sts, [2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 7 sts] 11 times, sl st to top of first dc to join. (108 dc)
Continue in this manner until your circle is the size you need.

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23 Comments

23 Comments on Circles in Single, Half Double, and Double Crochet that Lay Flat!

  1. Brilliant! Thank you! I watched your (very easy to follow) video, and I fully understood where you were coming from by round 6… My circle, although in half doubles, is flat as a pancake! Result! Happy days! x

  2. Help! I’m following your directions for the double chain flat circle bot past the 4 the row or starts to ruffle. What am I doing wrong?

    • Join the facebook group I have listed at the bottom of my patterns and post a photo along with a description of what you are doing. I can’t guess what you are doing wrong, so the best thing to do is give more info in the group, including a picture.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing these patterns. They will be the basis of so many items I love to make. Such an easy reference you have provided us… Thanks for sharing.

  4. In the single crochet circle pattern text, Round 9 shows a total stitch count of 42 — I counted 60 stitches in the diagram.

  5. U R Awesome! After watching several videos and reading several sets of written. instructions I was ready to give up when I stumbled across your clear and easy site! Thank you! Thank you!

  6. I want to know why you change the increase point in each round in dc increasing I mean is it wrong if I increase in all rounds using the first .

    • It’s not wrong to do it the other way, I changed the points every other round to disperse them more so they won’t make points as quickly.

  7. A very big and warm thank you for your fabulous tutorial! I now understand perfectly how to do increases thanks to your clear instructions.
    I so appreciate your time and expertise!

  8. This is a great tutorial, thanks! The pattern I’m using just doesn’t make sense so I’m using yours as a starting point. In HDC how would I increase from 48 stitches to 52.

  9. Hi! Great site! I love crochet diagram charts because they’re so easy to follow–and yours look great. May I ask what program you use? I want to create my own snowflake patterns. Thx!

  10. Thank you for this pattern, I really enjoyed learning how to do the flat circle. The pattern I am working on is a 8 Star Circle, and joining new colors in every round to the slip stitch. I am getting holes at theater joining stitch. Is there a better way?

    • Pull both yarn tails really tight when you weave the ends in, and weave them in so they cover any holes you have. This should help.

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