Squaring the Circle Crochet Pattern Tutorial

Hi folks πŸ™‚

I love squaring the circle – turning crochet circles into squares.  It’s always so much fun.

squaring the circle

I’ve written up a few slightly different patterns over the past few years – in my More Than a Granny ebook, my Dotty Spotty Baby Blanket, my Block Bag & for my Beyond the Granny CAL.

Squaring the circle
Different sizes circles squared for my Dotty Spotty Baby Blanket

I find myself going back to it over and over so I thought a stand alone tutorial post was in order. It works best in 2 colours I think, but you can do as many as you like of course.

If you want to download a PDF of the pattern, you’can download it in your preferred terms by clicking the one you want below :

US Terms   UK Terms

Squaring the Circle Tutorial

You’ll find the UK terms above the pictures and US terms under the pictures.

You will need 7 metres (7.7 yards) for the circle and 10 metres (11 yards) for the squaring off.

Abbreviations

If any stitches are new to you, check our my YouTube videos showing how they’re done.

UK  Terms                                  US Terms

sp/s = space/s                                                 sp/s = space/s
ch = chain                                                        ch = chain
st ch = starting chain                                     st ch = starting chain
ss = slip stitch                                                 ss = slip stitch
dc = double crochet                                      sc = single crochet
htr = half treble crochet                               hdc = half double crochet
tr = treble crochet                                         dc = double crochet

Using circle colour, begin with a magic circle.  Alternatively, ch 4, then join your last ch to the first with a ss, forming a loop.

Round 1

UK : ch 3 (st ch), 11 tr, join with ss to 3rd ch of st ch.
{12 sts}

Squaring the circle

US : ch 3 (st ch), 11 dc, join with ss to 3rd ch of st ch.
{12 sts}

Round 2

UK : ch 3 (st ch), tr in same sp as ss, 2 tr in next 11 sts, join with ss to 3rd ch of st ch.
{24 sts}

Squaring the circle

US : ch 3 (st ch), dc in same sp as ss, 2 dc in next 11 sts, join with ss to 3rd ch of st ch.
{24 sts}

Round 3

UK : ch 3, tr in same sp as ss, *tr in next st, 2 tr in next st*, repeat from * to * 10 times, tr in next st, join with ss to 3rd ch of st ch. Fasten off yarn and weave in centre end. You can crochet over the end tail.
{36 sts}

Squaring the circle

US : ch 3, dc in same sp as ss, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st*, repeat from * to * 10 times, dc in next st, join with ss to 3rd ch of st ch.  Fasten off yarn and weave in centre end. You can crochet over the end tail.
{36 sts}

Round 4

UK :  Attach new colour to any st with a standing tr, tr in same sp, *tr in next st, htr in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, htr in next 2 sts, tr in next st**, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next st*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, 2 tr in same sp as first sts, ch 1, join with dc to 3rd ch of st ch.
{12 sts along each side and 4 x 2 ch corner sps}

Squaring the circle

US :  Attach new colour to any st with a standing dc, dc in same sp, *dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st**, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, 2 dc in same sp as first sts, ch 1, join with sc to 3rd ch of st ch.
{12 sts along each side and 4 x 2 ch corner sps}

Round 5

UK : ch 3 (st ch), *tr in next 12 sts**, (tr, ch 2, tr) in 2 ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, tr in same sp as first st, ch 2, join with ss to 3rd ch of st ch.  Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.
{14 sts along each side and 4 x 2 ch corner sps}

Squaring the circle

US : ch 3 (st ch), *dc in next 12 sts**, (dc, ch 2, dc) in 2 ch sp*, repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once, dc in same sp as first st, ch 2, join with ss to 3rd ch of st ch.  Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.
{14 sts along each side and 4 x 2 ch corner sps}

NOTE : while I use a ‘starting chain’ in the written pattern, in reality I use a ‘false st’ instead.  It give you a more seamless look. Here’s my YouTube video showing how it’s done :

That’s it!  You can use any hook and yarn.  I’ve used 8 ply cotton yarn and a 5 mm hook for the tutorial pics above but the recommended hook size for this yarn is 4mm.  Below you’ll see it in thin t-shirt yarn where I used a 8mm hook next to my 8 ply cotton.  As long as it’s sitting flat as you go, all will be well no matter what you use.

squaring the circle

I like to join my squares by holding them right sides together and dc (UK) / sc (US) through both loops of both blocks.  You can see how on my YouTube channel or in this post.

squaring the circle

A word about yarn

I love to use cotton yarn for it’s lovely feel and look – how’s that stitch definition?  I used Bendigo Woollen Mills yarn for the samples above which is easily available here in Australia, but if you live elsewhere, you can find many cotton yarns online in places like Wool Warehouse, Love Knitting and Deramores.

Enjoy!

Did you learn a new thing?  Yay!

xx Shelley

[kofi]

42 Comments

  1. Maria

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I think you were reading my mind. ???? It’s also nice to know that someone, other than me, needs to use larger hook sizes than recommended ????. I’m positive I’m not a tight crocheter and relaxed ????

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    • Shelley Husband

      You’re welcome Maria πŸ™‚ I feel like I’m very loose and relaxed too LOL.

      Reply
  2. Brad

    This tutorial really helped. For mine, I used a 3.5mm hook and some DK Yarn (Dark Blue and Red) and it is the perfect size to make coasters, which is what I have used them for. I am making a blanket at the moment and I may use them as a border to the giant Granny Square that the blanket is made out of.

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    • Shelley Husband

      That’s good to hear Brad πŸ™‚ I’m glad it was helpful for you. Coasters are a fun way to use it too πŸ™‚ Have fun with your blanket – it sounds good!

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      • Brad

        Thanks

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  3. Renn

    Thank you so much for the chainless start explanation! I have been trying to figure out how everyone’s work always look so neat and uniformed and mine looked like I was crocheting with all thumbs!
    I just tried another square using this method and it looks much better!!

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    • Shelley Husband

      My pleasure Renn! It’s such a good trick to learn πŸ™‚

      Reply
  4. Debbie

    Please if u can try to answer me, I am very new at this and I need help. Do u ever do video tutorials?
    How many colors did u choose look liked 7 colors. IDE like to make a full size so my husband can wrap up when it’s cold , how many would I need, thank you for taking time to share your items thank u

    Reply
    • Shelley Husband

      Hi Debbie πŸ™‚

      I do have a YouTube Channel that mainly shows individual stitches and techniques. You can find that here.

      As for your other questions, well that’s a bit more complicated – how long is a piece of string? There are so many variables. The way I’d approach it is to make one of the squares in the yarn you’d like to use and then do some maths. Figure out how big you want the blanket to be, then measure your square and see how many you’d need. Then you need to figure out how much yarn each square used. The most accurate way to do it is to unravel a made square and measure the length of yarn used. You could also weigh the square and work it out that way, but it’s not as accurate.

      I hope that’s of some help πŸ™‚

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  5. Ricki

    How would you modify this for a circle that is 88 stitches around??

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    • Shelley Husband

      Hi Ricki πŸ™‚ I’m not sure exactly what you’re asking? Are you having a problem at 88 sts or before?

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      • Ricki

        Probably would be helpful if i explained what I’m doing…. I have these big circles that I made… the last row is 88 stitches around. I want to square around them, make panels, then join several panels together to make a blanket. I’ve not done ANY squaring circles before… Could you tell me how you’d square off the first quarter of the circle… then I can take it from there… so what would stitches 1-22 be to start squaring off such a big circle? Does that make more sense… lol πŸ˜‰

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        • Shelley Husband

          Ah I see πŸ™‚ There are endless ways to do it but this is the simplest.

          Ok so you start with some maths. 88 – 4 = 84. I take 4 off as 4 stitches will count as the corners. So then 84/4 = 21.

          So there will be 21 sts along each side. Next you break it up into groups of 4 & 1 lot of 5 and allocate stitches to each group. The 5 will be the middle of the side with 2 groups of 4 sts either side. So you’d do dc/sc (UK/US) in the 5, htr/hdc in the 4 sts either side of the 5 sts, tr/dc in the first and last 4 sts of the side.

          Then you decide on the corner. I’d to (hdtr, dtr, ch 2, dtr, hdtr) in each corner st (UK) In US that’d be (htr, tr, ch 2, tr, htr).

          It may not be exactly square, but will be a good starting point to work on. You may need to experiment a bit to get it really square. Hope that helps!

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  6. Szilvia

    Dear Shelley,
    thank you, thank you, thank you sooo much for the chainless start!
    I have been struggling with those chains for ages, never could get them right, and you have just saved me from all that.
    You are a truly wonderful person ?
    Thank you.

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    • Shelley Husband

      Oh it’s my pleasure Szilvia! I was so happy when I learned how to do it – it really does make a huge difference.:) You’ll love the look of your crochet so much more now πŸ™‚

      Reply
  7. Leona

    Hiya and thank you so much for this Shelley as you explained it all so easy and i have not been crochet for long but i love this, and i sooooo look forward to you doing more of this to help people like me. You are the first person to which i can easily follow your instructions and i thank you again for that, Ps i have subscribed to your you tube channel also now πŸ˜€

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    • Shelley Husband

      Hi Leona πŸ™‚ I’m so glad it all makes sense. Thanks for subscribing too! I hope you find the videos helpful πŸ™‚

      Reply
  8. Melanie

    I would like to know how to dertimine how many stitches to use to make a circle into a square

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  9. Melanie

    I would like to know how to dertimine how many stitches to use when making a circle into a square

    Reply
    • Shelley Husband

      Hi Melanie.

      I’m not really sure what you’re asking? The example here specifies the stitches for this size circle. Let me know more information about what you’re wanting to do and I’ll see if I can help.

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    • Tracy

      Hi Melanie,

      I think you may be looking for the same information I was. See Shelley’s reply to Ricki above. She explains how to take an existing circle and calculate the stitches needed to make it square. Is that what you need? I hope this helps. Good luck.

      Shelley, thanks so much for the explanation, I’ve been trying to work this out all evening. I wish I had read your answer before making myself crazy! It did confirm I was on the right track. Thank you for taking the time.

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      • Shelley Husband

        My pleasure Tracey πŸ™‚ I’m glad you were on the right track πŸ™‚

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  10. Karine

    Thanks for the explanations. My circle has 48 stitches. I read your explanations above but I m lost. Help me please.
    Karine

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    • Shelley Husband

      Hi Karine πŸ™‚

      Ok so you have 48 sts. So the first step is to take off 4 – one for each corner. So that leaves you with 44 sts. Divide that by 4 and you have 11 sts available for each side of squaring off.

      So there’s no hard and fast rule, and many ways to do it, but I’d have (tr, ch 2, tr) in each corner, then do these sts in the 11 of each side – tr, 3 htr, 3 dc, 3 htr, tr. Give that a go and see what it’s like. You may have to do (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in each corner. It will depend on lots of things. Trial and error is the way to go. Good luck πŸ™‚

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  11. Karine

    Thanks a lot. I m going to try and I ll tell you.

    Reply
  12. Nancy

    I really like this. Thinking about doing a temperature afghan w this method. Thank you~~Nancy

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    • Shelley Husband

      Ah that’d be a fun way to do it! I am always tempted by the idea of a temp blanket, but never quite commit πŸ™‚ Good luck with yours!

      Reply
  13. Sarah

    Love this pattern but I am having trouble with round 3! I follow the instructions completely but repeating the pattern of 1 dc then 2 dc ten times only leaves me with half a round completed! What am I doing wrong?

    Thank you!

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    • Shelley Husband

      Hi Sarah πŸ™‚ It sounds like you may have too many stitches in Round 2 perhaps? Can you send me a photo of your circle where you are up to? Then I’ll be able to tell you exactly what’s happening. My email is shelley@shelleyhusbandcrochet.com πŸ™‚

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  14. susie

    thanks for including US crochet terms and for sharing your crochet projects. I enjoy them.

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    • Shelley Husband

      My pleasure Susie. It helps to use the terms you’re most familiar with πŸ™‚

      Reply
  15. Gill Reay

    Seems like it should be simple arithmetic, but do you use the same amount of yarn whatever the weight of the yarn?
    Regards
    Gill

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    • Shelley Husband

      Hi Gill. You’d think so but no. You will use less with a lighter weight and more with a heavier weight. It depends on the project how much more or less.

      Reply
  16. Niki

    I have a question… not sure if someone already asked or not so here goes.

    I’d like to make a smaller circle in a square. Maybe like the second circle in your pattern then make it in a square. I am a bit new at crocheting. I always seem to pick “hard patterns”

    Thank you – Niki

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    • Shelley Husband

      Hi Niki

      There are many patterns out there with various sizes of circles. I have one that has 5 different sized circles that are squared off. There is no one “right” way to do it. There are lots of ways. You can find my 5 circles going square here.

      Reply
  17. Denice Hepburn

    Hi Shelley,
    I have BM cotton but have been told strictly handwash and won’t stand up to machine wash. Would love to make this as a baby blanket. What’s your experience having used it?

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    • Shelley Husband

      Hi Denise. I have put my big blankets in my front loader no worries at all.

      Reply
  18. Bridget

    Hi, I was just wondering. I’m using the US terminology and Red Heart Acrylic yarn. I’m using an I hook (5.25mm, don’t know if that makes a difference) I’ve tried this pattern three different times and it appears to me that I’m messing up somewhere in the count on the circle stitches. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Part of me wonders if I’m messing up in that first, chain 3 start and creating another DC in that same stitch? Or am I miscounting? I always stop and count my stitches on each round before I slip stitch into that chain 3.

    The first round is easy, but the second and third rounds seem to be where I trip up and I only notice it when I switch to the white yarn and start the stitches for the square. The sides never seem to add up to 12 stitches.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Best Regards, Bridget B.

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    • Shelley Husband

      Hi Bridget. It might be easier for me to help if I see a photo. Feel free to send me one so I can see what’s happening for you. The chain 3 takes the place of a stitch, so ch3 plus 11 real stitches is the first round of 12. But send me a straight down photo and I will be able to help more.

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  19. Tere Katia

    Hi Shelley. Is there a way of changing the CH2 at the corner so you don’t end up with a gap at the corner, and you end up with a solid square. Thinking ahead for GSACAL finishing squares, and was thinking I would like the corners in a solid square. I haven’t tried to do it yet, but was thinking if I substitute the CH2 with TR2, it wouldn’t give me a corner? Thought I’d pick your brains first as I’m sure you’ve done this before. Many thanks, and really enjoying both the CAL and the Tournament.

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    • Shelley Husband

      Oh there are so many ways to do corners! As you progress to other patterns you’ll see many instances where there is no ch2 in the corner. I have kept them all as ch2 for GSA as it’s a beginner thing. In other patterns, you will find a wide range of ways to do corners. I see where you’re going with your idea, but it wouldn’t form a corner. It would be a rounded one. You’d need an odd number of stitches to make a corner (generally – there are exceptions). But feel free to play around! It’s the fun bit.

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