I’ve been making a few projects of late that use circles, and getting frustrated with many of the patterns that bill themselves as circles coming out as either hexagons or octagons. I’ve got nothing against either of these shapes, but if I’m making a circle I’d like it to be, well, circular.

This got me thinking, there are some basic rules which need to be followed to crochet a flat circle in double crochet (that’s a UK double crochet). The number of stitches needs to increase by 6 in every row – any more than this and it will ripple and not lay flat, any less and it’ll curve up into a shallow bowl shape. Also, the increases need to be done at regular intervals, to make the pattern easy to follow, cut down on the amount of counting that needs to be done and because I’m fairly uptight about things being neat and regular.

So, to date my best offering on a nice, flat cirlce with smooth rounded edges is called the twercle – because it’s got 12 sides but it’s pretending to be a circle (humour me on this one!). All I’m doing is pretty simple – just taking a normal circle pattern but tweaking it a bit so that the increase stitches are spread more evenly. Let me explain…

So, for me, a traditional circle pattern would go as follows working in a spiral.

Just to be clear DC = UK Double Crochet, 2DC inc = work two DC stitches into one stitch on the previous round.

Magic Circle, 1 Chain.

Round 1: 6 DC into magic circle

Round 2: 2DC inc into each DC from Round 1 (12 DC in total)

Round 3: *2DC inc, 1 DC* repleat from * to * 6 times (18 DC in total)

Round 4: *2DC inc, 2 DC* repleat from * to * 6 times (24 DC in total)

Round 5: *2DC inc, 3 DC* repleat from * to * 6 times (30 DC in total)

Round 6: *2DC inc, 4 DC* repleat from * to * 6 times (36 DC in total)

Round 7: *2DC inc, 5 DC* repleat from * to * 6 times (42 DC in total)

Round 8: *2DC inc, 6 DC* repleat from * to * 6 times (48 DC in total)

I work in a spiral and use a stitch marker to mark the last stitch of each round to keep track (without a stitch marker working in a spiral may well drive you nuts).

One of the advantages of working like this is that you always work your increases into the first stitch of your 2 DC inc from the previous round. This means that when you’re working on large projects, there is no real need to count you just keep on with your DC stitches until you spot the increase from the previous round coming up and you know it’s time to put in your increase on the current round.

Now for my twercle plan, it goes like this….

Magic Circle, 1 Chain

Round 1: 6DC into magic circle;

Round 2: 2 DC inc into each DC from Round 1 (12 DC in total);

Round 3: *2 DC inc, 1 DC* repeat from * to* 6 times (18 DC in total);

Round 4: 2 DC *2DC inc, 2 DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC inc (24 DC in total);

Round 5: *2DC inc, 3DC* repeat from * to * 6 times (30 DC in total)

Round 6: 3DC *2DC inc, 4DC* repeat from *to* 5 times, 2DC inc, 1DC (36 DC in total)

Round 7: *2DC inc, 5DC* repeat from *to* 6 times (42 DC in total)

Round 8: 4DC *2DC inc, 6DC* repeat from * to* 5 times, 2DC inc, 2DC (48 DC in total)

Round 9: *2DC inc, 7DC* repeat from *to* 6 times (54 Stitches in total).

So, you’re doing the exactly the same amount of increasing on each round, but by alternating between rounds of starting with the increase and starting with the stated number of DC stitches, you shift where the increase happens creating a smoother sided circle.

Let us know what you think or, if you need any help, please do leave a comment here

Love the twercle! A series of 270mm diameter twercles in cotton would make great, grown-up table mats.

Kate – you’re absolutely right – they could look just lovely for using in some bright colours in the garden too x

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