Crochet Gauge Fix – Flat Circles

Why don’t the edges of a crochet circle lay flat when you followed the instructions correctly using the recommended hook size and yarn? There are a few reasons that may cause ruffling or tightening of the edges, but no worries, we also have some easy solutions to fix these issues 🙂

Crochet Gauge Fix - Tutorial by IraRott

The formulas for making flat crochet circles are very simple, there are no secrets:

  • Any double crochet (dc) circle begins with 12 stitches & increases by 12 in every round (12, 24, 36, 48, etc).
  • Any half double crochet (hdc) circle begins with 8 stitches & increases by 8 in every round (8, 16, 24, 32, etc).
  • Any single crochet (sc) circle begins with 6 stitches & increases by 6 in every round (6, 12, 18, 24, etc).

The formulas above are often adapted for different designs; for example, to make ovals, squares, hexagons, or other shapes. One of my personal preferences regarding sc formula is that I often increase by 12 in every other round instead of increasing by 6 in every round, which makes increases smooth and almost invisible.

Ok, let’s start our check list 🙂

  • RUFFLED CIRCLE – UNCONVERTED STITCHES: 

Remember to always check what terminology is used in the pattern to avoid unexpected “Oops”. Per se, if you learned to crochet using UK standards and you followed a pattern that was written in US terms (without converting it), then your dc circle will have ruffled edges as shown below.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Ruffled Dc Circle

Here is a simple chart that will help you to convert patterns:

US vs UK Crochet Terms - Conversion Chart by IraRott

  • RUFFLED CIRCLE – WORKING BETWEEN STITCHES: 

Be sure to insert the hook under the top 2 loops of the stitch (unless otherwise specified). Working in the space between the stitches will change the gauge and your circle will be ruffled.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Ruffled Dc Circle Crochet Gauge Fix - Ruffled Dc Circle

WHAT IS GAUGE?

Gauge is an important part of a pattern that indicates the number of stitches and rows per inch/centimeter. Always check the gauge and your total stitch count to ensure the correct result. Try using a smaller or larger hook if you need to obtain the gauge. If that doesn’t help, here is the key for changing your tension:

  • The height of the stitches can be adjusted by the length of the first loop that you pull through the stitch to create a new stitch.
  • The width of the stitches can be adjusted by the hook size or by the looseness/tightness of the last loop on the hook.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Flat Dc Circle

  • DOME SHAPED CIRCLE – GAUGE FIX: 

If your crochet circle has a dome shape it means your stitches are too tall or too narrow. REASONS – The first loop is too loose and the last loop is too tight.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Dome Shape Dc Circle

Here are some tips on how to fix a dome shaped circle:

Double crochet corrections – Yo; insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little lower than you normally do; [yo and pull through 2 loops] 2 times. The last loop on the hook should not be too tight.

Half double crochet corrections – Yo; insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little lower than you normally do; yo and pull through all loops on the hook. The last loop on the hook should not be too tight.

Single crochet corrections – Insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little lower than you normally do; yo and pull through all loops on the hook. The last loop on the hook should not be too tight.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Dome Shape Dc Circle

  • RUFFLED CIRCLE – GAUGE FIX: 

If your circle ruffles, it means your stitches are too short or too wide. REASONS – The first loop is too tight and the last loop is too loose.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Ruffled Dc Circle

Here are some tips on how to fix a ruffled circle:

Double crochet corrections – Yo; insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little higher than you normally do; [yo and pull through 2 loops] 2 times. The last loop on the hook should not be too loose.

Half double crochet corrections – Yo; insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little higher than you normally do; yo and pull through all loops on the hook. The last loop on the hook should not be too loose.

Single crochet corrections – Insert the hook in st; yo and pull up a loop a little higher than you normally do; yo and pull through all loops on the hook. The last loop on the hook should not be too loose.

Crochet Gauge Fix - Ruffled Dc Circle

USEFUL TIP: If your finished circle does not lay perfectly flat but you have already finished a large amount of work…no need to rush frogging it, just try to block it and you might be surprised by the result! Find wet blocking instruction in this –> ARTICLE on our blog.

4 comments

  1. Mary says:

    These are great tips. I recently found my self with the dome shape. I was using a new yarn at the time, and the hook suggested on the label. I knew it was my tension, due to swelling in my fingers at the time. But, did not know how I could correct it. Thank you.

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