elisabeth andrée

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crocheting rounds tutorial part 2




  • this method (i do not pretend that i have invented it) i have tested with thicker and thinner yarn and both types of yarn create a flat circle. if you’re working with a thicker yarn then your work – i think – will remains flat too, but if not so, start the circle with 6 half double crochets instead of 8.
  • the circle can be used for making a rug, a bag or basket or like i do for a pouf and a large floor cushion.
  • this is not a pattern, but more an attempt to explain how i work when i crochet in circles.


the pouf  

used stitches (american english)
  • ch = chain
  • ss = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • h dc = half double crochet 
used materials 
  • drops cotton light
    60% cotton – 40% acrylic
    50 g = approx 110 m
  • crochet hook size 4 mm 
colors and amount
  • lightest color  – 6 balls
  • second color  – 3
  • third color      – 3
  • dark blue       – 3
  • black            – 3
how to start
  1. make 2 chain
  2. make 8 h dc in second chain from hook
  3. tighten loop
  4. close row with a ss in the first h dc
  5. make 1 chain
work the next rows as follows 
  • first row – 8 stitches
  • second row – 16 
  • third row – 24 – 1 stitch between the groups of two stitches
  • fourth row – 32 – 2 stitches between the groups of two stitches
  • fifth row – 40 – 3 stitches between the groups of two stitches
  • sixth row – 48 – 4 stitches between the groups of two stitches
  • and further
  • the first place you increase is into the first half double crochet of each a row by making 2 h dc in 1 h dc
  • the other places where you increase are always the first stitches of the groups of two of the previous rows (see also part 1)
  • end each row with a slip stitch in the first half double crochet
  • then make a chain
  • start the next row by crocheting 2 half double crochets into the same stitch in which you have made the slip stitch 
  • forget the chain 
  • end your work with a couple of rows without increase.
in close up the joining will look like this:
colors and number of stitches of the pouf
  1. for the first part crochet 35 rows in the first color, the last row of this shade has 33 stitches between the groups of 2
  2. second part in the second color: 7 rows, the last row of this shade has 40 stitches between the groups of 2
  3. third part in the third color: 7 rows, the last row of this shade has 47 stitches between the groups of 2
  4. fourth color: don’t increase but crochet three rows one stitch in each stitch of the previous row,
  5. than 1 row decrease, which is done by crocheting two h dc together on the place where you would actually increase (if you had continued to increase the last 3 rows) and 1 extra stitch back – see photo 


  6.  this row creates the bend to the side of the pouf
  7. after this row crochet 3 other rows with one stitch in each stitch
  8. fifth color: 7 rows one stitch in each stitch of the previous row
  9. make the other side of the pouf in the same manner
  10. my pouf has a diameter of about 72 cm and is about 14 cm high.


filling and buttons

the two parts of the pouf i finished. what i have to do next is crochet the two parts together, make a part with buttonholes and sewing on the buttons. i ordered bean bag filling (polystyrene) and after sewing an inner cushion, i can fill it and put it into the pouf. that is what i am working on.

the result i post another time.

yellow floor cushion

used materials

for the large yellow floor cushion i have used regular and mercerized cotton from my stash. both yarns are suitable for hook size 2.5 to 3.5 mm, i used hook size 4 mm. as a result, the cover is quite stretchable.


if you like to make a similar pillow, just follow the same method of making rows and increasing until the cushion has the size you like. i did 47 rows, but this time i did not crochet rows without increase or rows in which i have decreased the number of stitches. the cushion cover has a diameter of about 67 cm.


with the wrongs sides facing each other, i have both parts crocheted together with a row of half double crochets, but i have left a space large enough for a pillow to put through. along one edge of the opening i also made a row of half double crochets.

button holes
  • on the other side of the opening i made ​​button holes by alternating half double crochets with chains and skipping two stitches. this you need to divide equally.
  • i started with 2 h dc, *2 ch, skip 2 stitches, 4 h dc* repeat between * * and ended with 2 h dc. 
then i crocheted along all edges of the cover alternate 1 ch, 1 ss in every stitch and then tied off. and i have sewn the buttons on.
first i wanted to fill the cushion with the stuffing of a spare pillow that i had in the closet and to make a lining, but i finally decided to buy a ready made one. because of the model my floor cushion has therefore more the shape of a pouf. i do not know whether i love it. another possibility to fill the floor cushion is cutting circles out of an old duvet. time will tell.

the gerry flower

the cushion cover i have embellished with a few gerry flowers. the tutorial for these flowers you will find in a separate post very soon.


my floor cushion is ready!
for more info about crocheting rounds/circles: see also part 1 of the tutorial

11 thoughts on “crocheting rounds tutorial part 2

  1. I really like your version of the pouf cushion! I’m stopping by to say hello, since Pinterest hasn’t been working for days and I miss seeing your posts 🙂

  2. Wow.. Wonderful POST! One day I will learn to crochet.. Thanks for sharing at C & I

  3. I’m sorry I missed this post – it’s wonderful!Love how you’ve turned it into a floor cushion 🙂 Kx

  4. Tr??s joli the crochet circle, merci beaucoup for your tuto that will really help me. Kind regardsFleurBelge

  5. Très joli the crochet circle, merci beaucoup for your tuto that will really help me. Kind regardsFleurBelge


  7. Oh lovely!! Thank you for linking this to Colours Dekor 🙂

  8. Your info is so descriptive and helpful! Thank you!! Lovely!!

  9. Dit is echt een fantastische uitleg en ik ben helemaal weg van de ronde lijnen in de cirkels, Prachtig!liefsMaaike

  10. Thanks for this lovely tutorial Elisabeth… I love the addition of the little flower! I have never made a huge circle lay flat yet, so this will be interesting! Hugs, Jill x

  11. Dit is wel de meest duidelijke tutorial hoe je cirkels moet haken. En die poef is prachtig! Ik zou er om moeten vechten met mijn 2 katten. 🙂