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Learn How to Crochet a Flat Circle

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Learn how to crochet a flat circle following my step-by-step pattern and video tutorial. Flat circles are suitable for beginners and are quick and easy to make. They are also really versatile and can be used for many projects including: coasters, placemats the base of a nesting basket/storage pot and even reusable eco-friendly face scrubbies.

You can find more pattern-use ideas, recommended yarns and more crochet projects further down the blog post.

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Crochet Flat Circle
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pattern use ideas

Flat circles can be used by themselves as coasters, placements and face scrubbies. Alternatively, they make great sturdy bases for storage pots/nesting baskets and bags. You can use any hook size and yarn weight when crocheting a flat circle so feel free to experiment. Make your flat circles bigger or smaller just remember you are working in multiples of 12 so once you’ve got the hang of the pattern repeat you can also experiment with different sizes using different yarns and hook sizes.

Coasters: Ideally you want a nice firm coaster to ensure your glass, mug or cup is nice and sturdy so I’d recommend using a cotton DK or aran DK weight yarn. Paintbox Yarns has a great selection of colours in both of these weights.

Placemats: Unlike a coaster, you can use acrylic or chunky weight yarn for a crochet placemat as we are working on a larger surface space. Although you still need your placemat to be sturdy the surface space that will lay on your placemat is much larger and flatter your plate is not at risk of falling over. Blocking is advised to avoid curling. Style Craft Yarns have a great selection of colours in these weights.

Face Scrubbies: A lovely soft cotton yarn is recommended if you want to make face scrubbies for example King Cole Cotton Soft.

Storage Pots/Nesting Baskets/Bags: You want to aim for a firm, dense effect when making storage posts, nesting baskets or bags. Also, you can use acrylic yarn I’d recommend either working with two stands of DK or ARan weight yarn or selecting a chunky acrylic. Check out Style Craft Special Chunky and Chunky XL. Alternatively, I would use a cotton DK or cotton Aran weight yarn for example I have previously used Lily Sugar n Cream Ombre in the colour Potpourri Prints for the storage pot pictured above.

Materials and Tools

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Flat Circle Tools and Materials

pattern notes

  • Written in UK terms.
  • This pattern gives you the basic principles for the flat circle, designed to help you create your own projects.
  • The video tutorial can be found at the base of the post.
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terms and abbreviations

Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, pull through loop on the hook.

Slip Stitch(s): ss(s): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through stitch and loop on hook.

Treble Crochet(s): tr(s): Yarn over, insert into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

How to Crochet: A Handy Reference Guide EBook

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.

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Flat Circle Pattern

  • Ch4 and join with a sl st to make a circle (or start with magic circle if preferred).
  • Round 1 – Ch3 (counts as first st), make 11 tr into circle, join with a sl st to top of ch-3 (12 st in total).
  • Round 2 – Ch3, tr in same sp, work 2 tr in each st, join with a sl st to top of ch-3 (24 st in total).
  • Round 3 – Ch3, tr in same sp, 1 tr in next st, *2 tr in next st, 1 tr in next st*, repeat from * until end, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. (36 st in total).

  • Round 4 – Ch3, tr in same sp, tr in next 2 st, *2 tr in same st, tr in next 2 st*, repeat from * until end, join with a sl st to top of ch-3 (48 st in total).
  • Round 5 – Ch3, tr in same sp, tr in next 3 st, *2 tr in same st, tr in next 3 st*, repeat from * until end, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. (60 st in total).

Video Tutorial

more projects

Are you ready for a challenge? Use your new skill to create a beautiful blanket, nesting baskets or mini succulent plant hangers. The Circle of Hope Blanket will teach you how to change colours in your circle and turn your circles into squares, Nesting Baskets can be made in so many different sizes or multipurpose around your home and for gifts. the Succulent Plant Hangers are available in three different designs apart of The Homeware Collection.

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a flat lay image of a crochet flat circle made in orange yarn on a white background

Learn How to Crochet a Flat Circle

Learn how to crochet a flat circle following my step-by-step pattern and video tutorial. Flat circles are suitable for beginners and are quick and easy to make. They are also really versatile and can be used for many projects including: coasters, placemats the base of a nesting basket/storage pot and even reusable eco-friendly face scrubbies.

Materials

  • You can use any weight yarn for this project. I have used Stylecraft Special DK

Tools

  • Hook: 5mm or corresponding hook to your chosen yarn
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle

Instructions

    1. Ch4 and join with a sl st to make a circle (or start with magic circle if preferred).
    2. Round 1 – Ch3 (counts as first st), make 11 tr into circle, join with a sl st to top of ch-3 (12 st in total).
    3. Round 2 – Ch3, tr in same sp, work 2 tr in each st, join with a sl st to top of ch-3 (24 st in total).
    4. Round 3 – Ch3, tr in same sp, 1 tr in next st, *2 tr in next st, 1 tr in next st*, repeat from * until end, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. (36 st in total).
    5. Round 4 – Ch3, tr in same sp, tr in next 2 st, *2 tr in same st, tr in next 2 st*, repeat from * until end, join with a sl st to top of ch-3 (48 st in total).
    6. Round 5 – Ch3, tr in same sp, tr in next 3 st, *2 tr in same st, tr in next 3 st*, repeat from * until end, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. (60 st in total).

Notes

  • Written in UK terms.
  • This pattern gives you the basic principles for the flat circle, designed to help you create your own projects.
  • Working in multiples of 12

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9 Comments

  • Wendy
    September 8, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Thankyou so much Sarah- Jayne

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      September 10, 2020 at 8:46 am

      You are very welcome 🙂

      Reply
  • Rebecca
    October 11, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Hi
    I have a question about crocheting in the round.
    At some point as I noticed that as I crocheted, the edges of my disc ends up being..wavy.
    I am pretty sure that I am monitoring how many stitches I use and when but here is the weird thing, I don’t seem to have much of a problem when I just use one color but once I change colors that is where it seems to happen.

    I am sure I try to follow the directions that many tutorials have but ‘something’ happens..am I pulling the edges too tight? Am I perhaps pulling on loose ends too much or prematurely?
    Thank You

    Reply
  • Kasia
    February 14, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Hi
    If I want my circle bigger than that how should I continue with more rows please?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 18, 2021 at 10:04 am

      If you want to continue adding rounds you just need to add one more to the number of single stitches in between the increases. So in round 5 you are working 3 trebles and then an increase; in round 6 you should work 4 trebles and then an increase, and so on

      Reply
  • Shirley
    March 21, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    The edges of my circle look the outside of an aquatic ray-wavy.
    Any suggestions? I have finished row 7 with 5 tc and one increase resulting in count of 84.
    Shirley

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 23, 2021 at 10:39 am

      Hi Shirley It sounds like you have followed the pattern correctly; have you tried changing your hook size? I would also see if blocking helps – you can do this by stretching your circle and pinning it into shape

      Reply
  • Betty Gough
    May 3, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Hi,
    What does DK mean? I saw it on one of my Pinterest emails, didn’t write it down
    Betty

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 10, 2022 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Betty DK means double knit 🙂

      Reply

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