Crochet in the Round: Basics & Beyond
Expand your stitching skills as you create five fun projects alongside crochet designer and author Kim Werker. You'll find out how to read stitch diagrams, make shaped designs and work patterns in the round for a number of exciting circular designs.
Kim Werker is a writer, editor, instructor and maker who has tapped into the immense power of the internet through blogging, teaching and running the online magazine-turned-social-media-network Crochet Me. Aside from her Web-based endeavors, Kim was also the editor for Interweave Crochet from 2006 to 2008. You might recognize her from her multiple books, including "Make It Mighty Ugly," a project about shrugging off the negative internal voices that hamper individual creativity.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Kim Werker and begin learning how to work in the round with two key methods for making circular shapes: staggered and stacked increases. You'll see what shape each increase creates, troubleshoot common circular slip-ups and get tips for starting your projects.
Continue practicing by making a simple hat and see the variety of styles you can create. Kim will also explain the simple math of working hats and show you how to get a great fit.
Begin working patterned stitches in the round to add texture to your projects. You'll discover how to make the versatile V-stitch and learn how to enhance your overall design with increases.
Move on to another practice project: a patterned beret hat. Kim will share tips for increasing and shaping your beret, decreasing in pattern and adding a sturdy, stylish brim.
Find out how to mix patterns and colors to crochet a vibrant mandala. You'll see how this small project is perfect for trying fun new combinations.
Wrap up class by making a floor pouf and a decorative pillow for your home. The pouf will teach you how to manage thicker yarns and hold in stuffing, while the pillow shows you how a gusset can be used to seam two round halves together.