How to Crochet Circles into Squares Worksheet
You’ve just created a beautiful circle or even a circle mandala but you really wanted it as a square but the designer hasn’t written the pattern to be a square. There’s always solutions to get a circle to a square but it requires a bit of mathematics and eyeing up the pattern so that the circle is balanced and continues to sit flat once the circle transitions to a square.
Circle Transitions to Square Worksheet
The Circle Square Worksheet is more for me in my future designing. I like to share my findings for crocheters who are constantly asking this question. Current Version 1, Updated March 7, 2018. This is a Work in Progress as I figure these out on my spare time.
My worksheet is free for you to use. My findings are based on my own physical crocheting of figuring out the math. I’m an excellent yarn artist and do this for myself when I don’t have to write down a pattern.
Tutorial to Understand Worksheet
To figure out the side counts. You have to do one step first.
- Count the round, assuming it’s divisible by 12.
- Subtract 4 sts from your count. Those 4 sts are your corners.
- Take remaining number / 4. This tells you how many stitches are between each corner.
- You have 36 sts in the round. It’s divisible by 12.
- 36 sts – 4 sts (which are your corners) = 32 sts.
- 32 sts / 4 = 8. This means there are 8 stitches between the corners.
Using your best guess, start a corner using a stitch that makes sense for height. As you crochet along the first side, we have 8 sts to fill. Exactly half way through the circle, the stitches should be decreasing in height to compensate for the curve of the circle. So you have to eye up the transition of the corner to the middle of the circle side. Once you hit the middle, the stitchwork should be mirrored exactly to bring in balance as you crochet to the next corner.
This is the example of a 36 st circle.
Corner (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr). Dc in next, hdc in next, sc in next 4, hdc in next, dc in next. Corner.
Notice how the corners are treble and as you worked along, it deceased using dc, hdc and sc to the center and then increases again as you work to next corner.
Problem Solving Circles Not In Multiples of 12
In my yarn artistry, I have had circles not in multiples of 12 on the final round before transitioning to the final square. This is easily solved by doing an extra round and adding the number of stitches to get it to a multiple of 12.
Let’s do a quick example:
- You have 134 sts.
- 134 is not equally divisible by 12. 134 / 12 = 11.16
- The closest multiple of is 132 which is less than 134. The next one higher is then 144.
You have two options, decrease or increase.
Option 1 – Decreasing the last round.
- In the last round, eliminate 2 stitches equally by doing a 2tog sts. In this case, you will have to do the 2tog st twice to eliminate out 2 stitches. It will be barely noticeable. This will get you back to 132 instead of 134. I would do this option because it’s really close to the denomination of 12.
- Once a denomination of 12, it can be easily figured out from this point.
- Be very careful you don’t decrease too many stitches as it may be noticeable. The default is to increase when there’s opportunity.
Option 2 – Increase the last round.
- If you needed more stitches, in the last round, add additional 2 sts into stitches to get your number up to a multiple of 12. Most times, I can wing this without anyone noticing. If you are writing a pattern, you cannot really wing it if you want someone to follow your train of thought.
- Once a denomination of 12, you can easily figure this out.