Crochet Trick: circle vs. hexagon

Have you ever noticed your crochet circle is actually more like a hexagon or polygon, depending on your pattern. Here is a trick to get rid of those unwanted corners and make an actual circle.

Lets take a pattern for a basic crochet circle. It is the free crochet pattern for a simple face scrubbie from the third Home of Yarns crochet lesson.

Stitch Legend
ch = chain stitch, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet (= double crochet in UK terminology)

Crochet pattern for circle with hexagon shape

Start with ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring
Round 1              Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st in first ch (6)
Round 2               Ch 1, [2 sc in the next stitch] 6 x, sl st in first ch (12)
Round 3               Ch 1,[sc in the next stitch, 2 sc in the next stitch] 6x, sl st in first ch (18)
Round 4               Ch 1,[sc in each of the next 2 stitches , 2 sc in the next stitch] 6x, sl st in first ch (24)
Round 5               Ch 1,[sc in each of the next 3 stitches , 2 sc in the next stitch] 6x, sl st in first ch (30)
Round 6               Ch 1,[sc in each of the next 4 stitches , 2 sc in the next stitch] 6x, sl st in first ch (36)
Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

How to avoid the hexagon shape
A finished circle like this, will have 6 corners, because the of the way the increases in the pattern stack on top of each other. In order to get a nice rounded shape, you need to redistribute the increases, without changing the stitches in a round, like so:

Adjusted crochet pattern for neat circle

Start with ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring
Round 1              Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, sl st in first ch (6)
Round 2               Ch 1, [2 sc in the next stitch] 6 x, sl st in first ch (12)
Round 3               Ch 1,[sc in the next stitch, 2 sc in the next stitch] 6x, sl st in first ch (18)
Round 4               Ch 1,[2 sc in the next stitch, sc in each of the next 2 stitches] 6x, sl st in first ch (24)
Round 5               Ch 1,[sc in each of the next 3 stitches , 2 sc in the next stitch] 6x, sl st in first ch (30)
Round 6               Ch 1,[sc in each of the next 2 stitches , 2 sc in the next stitch, sc in each of the next 2 stitches] 6x, sl st in first ch (36)
Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.

Now you have an actual circle. And that’s how it’s done. I hope this crochet trick helps you!

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