This tutorial will demonstrate how easy it is to crochet a perfectly flat granny circle. This project is a perfect stash buster.
Note: If you want a solid circle, check this watermelon coaster tutorial. A solid circle involves a little bit of math and I have explained it in detail in a very simple way in that page.
For a granny circle, you just have to crochet the center of the circle first and then repeat 3 rows again and again. So you can make this as small as a coffee cup coaster or as big as a floor rug depending on how many times you repeat the 3 rows.
You have to know the following stitches. Click the links to open the tutorials.
We shall now start crocheting the center of the circle. Start with 4 chains and make it into a ring with a slip stitch. You can also use a magic ring instead of 4 chains.
We start the next row with 3 chains and this will be counted as 1 double crochet.
In this row, the pattern is (2dc, 1ch) x 6 times.
(dc = double crochet
ch = chain)
End the row with a slip stitch.
As you can see above, we now have 6 sets of stitches that are separated by chain spaces. In the next row, stitches will be placed in these chain spaces.
Now the center of the circle is done. Like I mentioned above, we will be repeating 3 rows again and again.
The first row will be an increase row.
Start with 3 chains and that will be counted as a double crochet stitch.
In this “increase row”, the pattern will be 2dc, 1ch, 2dc in each chain space.
Make a chain and repeat the pattern (2dc,1ch,2dc) in the next chain space.
Continue and end the row with a slip stitch.
The pattern for the second row is simpler. Make 3dc in each chain space followed by 1 chain.
So start with 3 chains and this will be counted as first double crochet stitch. Then add 2 more in the same space. Chain 1 and add 3 double crochet stitches in the next chain space. Chain 1 and continue this pattern until the end.
The third row will be the same as the second row. So chain 3 and this will be counted as a double crochet. Add two more double crochet in the same space. Chain 1 and add 3 double crochet stitches in the next chain space as shown below.
Here is a closeup image.
That is it. We have completed all the 3 rows and now you know how to make a perfectly flat and beautiful granny circle. This pattern is very easy to remember and is perfect for crocheting while chatting or watching TV. We can repeat these 3 rows again and again for as along as we want.
Let us repeat the rows one more time. So the next row’s pattern will be the increase row – meaning – 2dc, 1ch, 2dc in the chain space followed by one chain.
In the next row, the pattern will be 3dc in chain space followed by a chain.
Next row will be the same as the previous row.
To make this circle/ doily bigger, let’s repeat the 3 rows one more time.
Row 2 and 3 complete.
Did you notice how the increase rows look like the English letter V? The hot pink, light blue, and orange rows are the increase rows.
Easy peasy wasn’t it? Try this and let me know. You can share with me pictures of the doily you make via facebook and I will be happy to add it below with your name.