How to crochet in the round

Beginner crocheters are often guided towards working on projects that are crocheted in rows (i.e. scarves). However, here at The Woobles, we believe you might find it even easier to learn how to crochet by working in the round, since it means you never need to stop crocheting or turn your work around!

Crocheting in the round starts with crocheting a circle, and then working your way around the circle to build more rounds. It’s easy to lose track of where you are when crocheting in the round because, if things are going well, it should be impossible to tell where one round ends and another begins. Use a stitch marker to help you keep track of what round and stitch you’re on. I highly recommend using stitch markers with a clasp, since they’re guaranteed to stay on.

first stitch in a round done

1. Crochet the first stitch in the round.

inserted stitch marker

2. Insert the stitch marker under both top loops of the stitch you just made.

stop crocheting right before the stitch marker

3. Crochet the rest of the round as you normally would. If you’ve crocheted the correct number of stitches, your last stitch should end right before the stitch marker. Take out the stitch marker, and repeat steps #1-3 for each round.


💡If you notice holes in your work where the stitch marker used to be, try putting the stitch marker through the front loop only to minimize stretching the yarn.


Counting rounds

If you’re following an amigurumi pattern, you’ll need to count rounds to figure out where to attach amigurumi pieces like arms and eyes. Even if you’re not going to attach more pieces, it’s helpful to know how to count rounds so you can doublecheck your work. Each round is a complete circle of stitches.

diagram of crochet rounds

Counting stitches in the round

With the right side of your work facing you, each vertical V counts as a stitch.

diagram of stitches in the round