After choosing your construction method, there are two key elements to ensure that your circle will lie flat. You have to make sure that (1) you start with the correct number of stitches and (2) that you increase at the correct rate. If you start with too many or increase too quickly, you'll get wavy edges. If you start with too few or increase too slowly, it will pull into a cup shape. Luckily, there's a sort of formula that has always given me nice flat circles. For the starting stitches, the number you'll want to use depends on the type of stitch you're using; the taller the stitch, the more you'll need. To get a perfect circle you should start with 6 sc or 8-10 hdc or 12 dc. Then you will always increase by that number of stitches each round, as evenly spaced out as possible. So, for example, if you start with 6 sc, you will have 6 inc in each successive round. This rug pattern will give you a good example of the circle "formula."
One more note about making circles: if you place the increase stitches in the same location over several rounds, distinct corners will begin to form, ruining the round shape. Instead, you should stagger the location of your increases in order to preserve the neat circle. You can find an example of this staggered spacing in this pattern as well. Now on to the pattern!
- Worsted weight yarn (you'll need 2 different skeins since it will be held double throughout the pattern; I used Red Heart Super Saver in Pink Tones and Shocking Pink)
- Size N/P (10.0mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Optional: Stitch marker
st(s) = stitch(es)
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
dc inc = work 2 dc in the same st
Note: This pattern is worked in a continuous spiral without joining or turning. I recommend using a stitch marker and moving it after each row to help you keep your place.
Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 2 and work 12 dc into the circle; pull taut to close (12)
Round 2: dc inc around (24)
Round 3: [dc inc, dc] around (36)
Round 4: [dc, dc inc, dc] around (48)
Round 5: [dc inc, dc in the next 3 sts] around (60)
Round 6: [dc in the next 2 sts, dc inc, dc in the next 2 sts] around (72)
Round 7: [dc inc, dc in the next 5 sts] around (84)
Round 8: [dc in the next 3 sts, dc inc, dc in the next 3 sts] around (96)
Round 9: [dc inc, dc in the next 7 sts] around (108)
Round 10: [dc in the next 4 sts, dc inc, dc in the next 4 sts] around (120)
Round 11: [dc inc, dc in the next 9 sts] around (132)
Round 12: [dc in the next 5 sts, dc inc, dc in the next 5 sts] around (144)
Round 13: [dc inc, dc in the next 11 sts] around (156)
You can continue with the "formula" if you'd like to make your rug larger, but I decided to stop mine here (mine turned out to be 24" wide). Once you stop, though, you'll find a small problem. Since you've been working in a spiral, the edges aren't even! But don't panic; there's a simple fix.
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