In this watermelon coaster tutorial, we will learn how to crochet a perfectly flat circle.
Most of us can remember our early crocheting days …. how we started to crochet a circle but ended up with a bowl shaped fabric or a fabric that has waves / frills on the edges.
In this tutorial, I will show a simple, easy to remember trick for crocheting a perfect circle. After this, we won’t be needing a chart or written pattern ever in our life. But while learning a new trick, let us make a pretty coaster for our little one.
You have to know how to crochet a chain, slip stitch and double crochet stitch for the project.
So here is the crochet chart for making a perfectly flat circle.
Let me explain this chart a little bit first. Below this, you can find detailed written tutorial with photos where these steps are demonstrated.
A little bit of math first
We will start the circle from the middle. The ring in the center (row 1) is made of chains. If we add 18 stitches in row 2, next row will have (18 + 18) 36 stitches and the row after that will have (36 +18) 54 stitches. Each row will increase by the number of stitches that were added in row 2.
Row 1: Magic ring / Ring with chains
Row 2: Double crochet stitches. (In this example: Total of 18 stitches)
Row 3: 2 Double crochet stitches on each double crochet stitch. (Total of 18 +18 stitches = 36)
Row 4: Repeat (2 double crochet stitches +1 double crochet) (Total of 36 +18 stitches = 54)
Row 5: Repeat (2 double crochet stitches +1 double crochet + 1 double crochet) ((Total of 54 +18 stitches = 72)
Row 6: Repeat (2 double crochet stitches +1 double crochet + 1 double crochet + 1 double crochet) (Total of 72 +18 stitches = 90 )
The beauty of this pattern is that you can use either double crochet or single crochet or any crochet stitch without any changes to the pattern.
If you prefer a written tutorial with step by step pictures, here you go.
Start with 4 – 6 chains. The number depends on the thickness of your yarn as well as the preferred size of the hole in the center.
Make a ring by joining the first and last chain with a slip stitch.
Chain 3 and this will be counted as first double crochet stitch.
Continue adding double crochet stitches to the ring.
You will be adding between 14 – 19 stitches in this row. I added 18.
End with a slip stitch.
Chain 3 and this will be counted as first double crochet. Add another double crochet in the same spot. In this row, we will add two double crochet stitches on every stitch in row 2.
End with slip stitch.
Chain 3. Add another double crochet in the same spot. These two will be counted as 2 double crochets.
In the next stitch, add 1 double crochet stitch.
Repeat this pattern.
Note: For better picture clarity, I am changing the color in the next row. For water melon, this row should still be dark pink.
For row 5, the pattern is 2 double crochets in first stitch followed by 1 double crochet each in the next two stitches.
Change color to white.
For row 6, the pattern is 2 double crochets in first stitch followed by 1 double crochet each in the next three stitches.
Change color to green.
For row 7, the pattern is 2 double crochets in first stitch followed by 1 double crochet each in the next four stitches.
End with slip stitch.
Add watermelon seeds.
Watermelon crochet coaster is ready.