As yes, circles.  They are an illusive shape.  If you drop just one stitch or add one in the wrong place, you will be in stitch counting hell trying to find out why your project looks like a ruffley sea creature and not a nice flat coaster.

Step 1: Create your circle.

No matter how big your circle will become in the end, or if you are using single, half or double crochet you will always start with a circle.  There are two different ways of doing that, using either a magic circle or chaining and making a slip stitch.  Most project will allow for the chain and slip stitch method and I’ll show you how I do that here.

The only time you must use a magic circle, is when you are making a project that can not have a small, round opening at the top, usually that means making a stuffed project.

Bella Coco has a great video on how to make a magic circle.  This is what I watch when I want to make one.

To make your beginning circle, simple make a chain that ranges from 4-6 stitches. Use 4 for SC circles, use 6 for HDC and DC circles. Next slip stitch into the first chain you made. and bam…you got a circle.

Next you need to place the right number of stitches into that first circle.

Single crochet: Use 6-8 stitches in round 1

Half double crochet: Use 10 stitches in round 1

Double crochet: Use 12-14 stitches in round 1

After placing the right number of stitches in round 1 everything else follows the same rule.

Round 2: Make two stitches into each stitch of round 1 — an increase into every stitch.

Round 3: Make two stitches into the first stitch of the previous round, one stitch into the next. Repeat this pattern — an increase into every other stitch.

Round 4: Make two stitches into the first stitch of the previous round, then one stitch into the next two stitches. Repeat all the way around — that’s an increase every third stitch.

Round 5: Make two stitches into the first stitch, then one stitch into the next three stitches. Repeat this pattern — in other words, an increase into every fourth stitch.

Here is an awesome link to a spread sheet I made. I needs to be opened up on a device that has Excel.  Just open it up, and place the number of stitches you made in the first round into the labeled block and it automatically tells you how many stitches will be at the end of each round and where to put your increases.

Crochet rounds workbook