So, you've learned the very basics of crochet.
There are four basic ways to begin a circle.
Crocheting into a Chain Loop:
Begin by chaining 4. Then, insert your hook in the first chain you made, yarn over, pull through the chain and the loop on your hook.
To work single crochet into your chain loop, ch 1 to start. If you plan to work double crochet into your loop, you can chain 2 or 3.
Crocheting into a slip knot:
When you have finished working all the stitches of your first round, you can pull your beginning tail tight to close up the hole in the middle. Technically you aren't supposed to tie knots in your crochet, but I always knot the beginning tail as close to the project as possible, so that the center doesn't loosen up. (Shame on me!)
Crochet an Adjustable Ring:
Insert the hook through the ring where the tail and ring overlap. Wrap the yarn around your hook and pull up a loop through the adjustable ring. Chain 1 for single crochet, chain 2 or 3 for double crochet.
Work stitches by inserting hook into ring so that you work each stitch over both the ring and the tail. When you have finished all the stitches of your first round, pull the tail to close up the center. Again, I tie a "forbidden" knot here to hold it closed.
Crochet into your first chain:
If you want your circle to lay flat, as opposed to ruffling or making a cone shape, then work 6 single crochet or 12 double crochet in the first round, at the end you can insert your hook back into your first stitch, or your turning chain, and work a slip stitch to join them into a circle. You can work in spirals without joining by just putting the next stitch directly into the top of your first stitch. I recommend following a pattern on how many and how/if to join at the end of the round if you are not an intermediate to advanced crocheter. Or if you just want to play around, experiment, or otherwise walk on the wild side with your crochet, do whatever your fiber-loving heart desires!
Here are some simple circular crochet projects to get you started:
Zinnia Cap and Slouch Hat - the motifs begin with circles!
Bloom Headband - small flowers to attach to a headband
Gardens Galore Garland - small motifs to attach to a garland
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