Despite having been a crocheter for quite a long time, until a month or so ago, I had never attempted to devise my own patterns. It was only because I needed to make some flowers for hair bobbles for Boy 3′s nursery’ s Easter Fair and I
couldn’t’ be bothered was too tired to trawl the internet for a pattern that I decided to have a go at making my own and, in doing so, realised how easy it was, providing it was something simple. It occurred to me that providing a person can do a few basic things, it is just a case of choosing the most appropriate basic things and putting them together.
One such basic thing is how to crochet circles. Lots of things start as a circle. Flowers, Hats, bowls, baskets, slippers, little amigurumi figures all begin their existence as a circle.
To begin, either make a magic ring or make 4 – 6 ch and join with a ss.
Round 1 Into the ring either 6 or 12 dcs. The number of dcs probably doesn’t matter very much, however if any of you out there in internetland are mathematicians, you will see that multiples of 6 are best ( Disclaimer: I am not and never have been a mathematician. I like patterns though )
Round 2 Turning ch, then 2 dcs into each dc. Join with ss. You will have twice as many stitches.
Round 3 Turning ch, then 1 dc into next dc, then 2 dcs into next dc. Repeat until you have got all the way round. Join with ss. Now you will have 3 times as many stitches as you started with.
Round 4 Turning ch, then dc into next 2 dcs, then 2 dcs into next dc. Repeat all the way round. Join with ss. 4 times as many stitches as in Round 1.
Round 5 Turning ch, then dc into next 3 dcs, then 2 dcs into next dc. Repeat all the way round. Join with ss. 5 times as many stitches now. See? There’s a pattern.
So you just keep on going until your crocheted circle is big enough. At the end of Round 6 you would have 6 times as many stitches as you started with in Round 1, achieved by 1 dc into 4 stitches and 2 dcs into the 5th stitch all the way around.
Once your circle is big enough it’s up to you! By keeping going 1 dc into each stitch, your circle could become a hat or slippers or a bowl or basket. For making the head of a toy, a spherical shape can be achieved by decreasing stitches in the same way, so you would decrease very 5th stitch, then every 4th, then every 3rd until you are back to 6 stitches.
Although I have talked in terms of dc, tr could be used, or htr, or a combination! With petals, your circle could become a flower for a bobble or a garland, or a doily or a coaster.
What you can make with your circle depends only on a few basic skills on your imagination and your nerve to have a go!
I’d love to see what you make!
I’m planning to post about making flowers over the next couple of weeks, so watch this space!