When Doing Circles: Do I Really Turn?

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as ‘Mikey’, I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I’m a ‘hooker’ at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

13 thoughts on “When Doing Circles: Do I Really Turn?

  • June 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm
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    Mikey, is it possible to get a link to the pattern of the round thingie shown in the above diagram? It looks very tempting!

  • June 20, 2013 at 3:47 am
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    Hi Mikey, I hope you can help me! I am crocheting some Amigurumi toys for my nephews. I haven’t made toys before and these require me to crochet the round, slip stitch, then without adding any chains at the beginning just keep on crocheting in the same direction as I have been. The result, at least for me, is a very noticeable join line running down the toy from each time I finish/begin a row. I am sure I saw somewhere how this can be avoided but can’t find it now. Please assist!

    • The Crochet Crowd
      June 20, 2013 at 7:43 am
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      I would avoid the slip stitch completely if you are doing circles and crochet in a continuous circle. Use a stitch marker to tell when you have rotated around your circle to count. This will result is a nicer look. With crochet, you will always see the seam. The only way to avoid that is to not slip stitch and that’s what I would do.

      • June 20, 2013 at 8:30 am
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        Thank you so much for your incredibly quick reply, I will get on with the next toy and put your advice to use!

        • The Crochet Crowd
          June 20, 2013 at 8:32 am
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          You’re welcome… If anything you remember from me… Beat to your own crochet drum. Change the rules when you think you need to. That’s how discoveries are made by throwing the manual away and discovering different ways to overcome something that may be bothering you with crochet. 🙂 Good Luck.

  • June 17, 2013 at 10:01 am
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    I had an “aha” moment reading this blog and thought granny squares! I am going to try turning after each row to prevent the slanted look I always get. I googled this and was amazed at the number of patterns and sites where turning after every row in a granny is the norm rather than going round and round. I had never heard of it, or thought of it before. Again, thank you Mikey for the inspiration and great ideas!!!

    • The Crochet Crowd
      June 17, 2013 at 10:13 am
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      That’s an interesting point. Your AHA moment is also mine. That solution never occurred to me as a solution for stopping the slant! Great observation and thanks so much for sharing.

  • June 15, 2013 at 9:12 am
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    When crocheting granny afghans if you change direction every round it stops it from curling and is not noticeable in the pattern – both sides are equally the ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ side. Also, if you’re changing colours by changing direction you stop the middle squares from getting the skewed look.

    • June 20, 2013 at 9:57 am
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      OH, TY, and TY again. I didn’t like that skewed look at all. Now I’m going to go make one. TY again.

  • June 15, 2013 at 8:52 am
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    Now I know why the granny afghan is curling in the middle, I feel I need to block it so it lay’s flat. I figured that it was my tension getting tighter off & on. Thanks for the info!!

  • June 15, 2013 at 8:35 am
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    Thank you so much for this information. It really makes sense, I always thought I am just immagining it to be different, now I know. I really found it useful and will definitely use it.

    Thanks

    Dalene

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