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Tips and Tricks – Making your Magic Circles Rounder

When I was a little Bunny, I started my crochet adventures with blankets and that only continued as I grew into the A Hare Affair brand. A couple months into coming back to crochet, I found a pattern for a Baby Groot by Twinkie Chan. It was the first plush I would attempt and here we are, several years later and many friends made.

Along the way I’ve picked up my own ways of doing things and often get asked about some of them. Most of them are to make things easier, but my favorite is one that just makes your amis look nicer.

For my Best Friend’s birthday last year, I decided to make her a custom BB-8 with a custom voice box inside. I used the pattern by Super Cute Designs that you can find for free here. She writes the pattern for the ball itself in an odd way and I was trying to figure out why. Then I realized that she was breaking up her increases between rows so that the spiral patterns didn’t show up in the base of the circle. BRILLIANT! Since then, it’s the only way I will make crocheted spheres.

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See how the right circle is more of a hexagonal shape? I like to avoid that, and also the pinwheel lines that show up in the pattern itself. It’s easily avoidable and can make your amis look much better.

All you have to do is split the even increases in the first set to offset the increase placement.

So, to make your flattened circle like the left image, you would do your increases as follows

1 – MC with 6 sc inside (6)
2 – inc all around (12)
3 – (inc, sc) x 6 (18)
4 – sc,  (inc, sc x2) x5, inc, sc (24)
5 – (inc, sc x3) x 6 (30)
6 – sc x 2, (inc, sc x 4), inc, sc x 2 (36)

and so on. See? This way, your increase stitches will shift back and forth, making your circle rounder and without pinwheel lines.

Happy Stitching!
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