To continue my series on circles, for this post I’ll be talking about how to single crochet flat circles in continuous rounds. I’ll also be showing you a method I use to mark ends of round on these continuous circles. Just as with flat circles with joined rounds, it’s good to start with 7 sc in the first round, plus or minus one stitch. With 6 stitches my circle starts to cup a little, and with 8 stitches I get some extra fullness after several rounds, but everyone’s gauge is different. Many amigurumi patterns start with 6 stitches in the first round. When I’m going for a really flat circle that will stay flat as it gets bigger, I start with 7 stitches. No matter how many stitches you start with, the instructions for round 2 and beyond are the same. To work the first round, either make a magic loop or ch 5, join with sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, 7 sc in ring. Do not join rounds. To mark ends of rounds, use a length of contrasting color yarn. At the end of round 1, lay the yarn across your work so that it falls after the last stitch in round 1. Work over it into the first single crochet (be careful not to single crochet into the chain that comes before the first single crochet). To work round 2, work 2 sc in each st around. Flip the marking yarn up so that it lays after the last stitch on round 2. Working 2 stitches in each round increases the round by the number of stitches you started with. To work round 3, work (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around. Flip the marking yarn forward so that it lays after the last stitch on round 3. Again you have increased the round by the number of stitches you started with. Stitch count for round 3 is 3x the number of stitches in round 1. To work round 4, work (sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) around. Continue to flip the marking yarn back and forth to mark ends of rounds. Why not just start with two stitches in the first stitch? The answer is the secret to round circles rather than circles that are somewhat octagon-y. You don’t want to place increases on top of increases on the previous round. For round 4, you have a 4-stitch repeat and 4x the number of stitches in round 1. To work round 5, work (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) around. For round 5, you have a 5-stitch repeat and 5x the number of stitches in round 1. To work round 6, work (sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around. This round can be worked with increase anywhere in the 6-st repeat—just don’t stack the increase on top of the increase on the previous round. So for round 6, you have a 6-stitch repeat and 6x the number of stitches in round 1. For subsequent rounds, you just keep increasing in the same manner, placing the increases between increases on the previous round. To end a continuous round circle, sl st in next st. Fasten off. And that’s it! You’re now on your way to creating continuous round circles for all your bags, hats, coasters, stuffed animals and more.