How to Crochet a Perfect Circle (aka JOIN)

How to crochet a perfect circle
 Use this technique to crochet the  Thick n Thin Beanie  with perfect stripes

Use this technique to crochet the Thick n Thin Beanie with perfect stripes

Have you ever tried to crochet a perfect circle? The most common technique for crocheting round shapes is called crocheting in the round. When you crochet in the round you create a spiral going out as you increase. But you never get to the point of finishing a circle or closing it to make it nice and neat.

So, it's time to learn how to crochet in joined rounds! (Abbreviated as JOIN in my patterns)

Like stripes? Even better, do you like perfect stripes? Crocheting a beanie or toy in joined rounds creates a project that is about as close to perfect as you can get in crochet. When I first learned, I found this a little bit harder than simply crocheting in the round, but I got the hang of it with a little practice.

When you crochet in the round, you simply crochet around and around in a circle going out like a spiral. In joined rounds, Each round begins and ends rather than going on continuously.

In a single crochet project, you make joined rounds by starting each round with a chain and ending each round with a slip stitch. In my patterns, I use an abbreviation for this procedure, JOIN. 

Check out the video below for a step-by-step demo.

Use this technique to create the awesome stripes in these patterns:

Perfect Stripe Beane
Chunky Stripes Beanie
Chunky Triple Stripe Beanie
Sports Fan Beanie

And my latest pattern, the Thick n Thin Striped Beanie.