A couple weeks ago I blogged about squares, and after a hectic workweek of running around in circles, it’s apropos to post about circle designs next.
My favorite project and technique is to knit or crochet hats in the round, as evidenced by the many designs on my Ravelry page. I find that “building” a hat while going round and round in a circular pattern is easier and quicker than the “work-flat-back-&-forth/sew-up-the-seam” method, although others may prefer that way of construction. There is no right or wrong way, just the way that works for you!
In looking through the DBKN collection, it’s interesting to note circle shapes in several of the designs when viewed from the top. There may be extra trims, edges, embellishments and frills added as design elements, but the basic shape is frequently just a simple circle. Even hats that end up shaped as tubes to fit a human head typically begin or end with flat circles at the crown. One example is my crocheted Chunky Cap which was published in the Jan/Feb ’08 issue of Crochet Today! The hat begins as a flat circle with “spokes” radiating out from the center.
Photos by Paul Amato, copyright Crochet Today!/Soho Publishing
Early in my foray into the design world, I contributed a quick-to-make project to an online crochet group. Spring Flower Fridgie is simply a crocheted circle in 3 colors of cotton, finished off with a bit of decorative edging — perfect for gifts, exchanges or craft fair items.
Super easy and fun-to-make Simple Beaded Scrunchies are built upon a circle shape: a round elastic ring.
One of my favorite projects to make, use and give as gifts is the circle-shaped Shell Point Chenille Facecloth. It’s proven to be a hot seller at Christmas-boutique time, and when paired with handmade soaps becomes gift-worthy.
Beret-style hats feature circle-pattern tops. There are stunning examples of colorwork and pattern in knitted tams that show off their beauty within the perfection of a circle. At the other extreme are “simplest of the simple” circle-topped berets (pancake hats?) such as my basic designs for Around Town Beret, Felted Fashion Beret, and Brilliant Beret:
An interesting border treatment knit from the outside in is the chief feature of Bell Ruffle Toddler Hat, which reveals its circle shape when seen from the top:
With the holiday season fast-approaching, you might like to create some circular ornaments like these from DBKN’s Crocheted Holiday Ornaments assortment (wreath & Christmas flower):
These are just a few examples of the versatility of one of the most basic shapes in nature: the circle. Have fun with these patterns or experiment with your own. You too can be running around in circles, but hopefully because you enjoy working with yarn, knitting needles & crochet hooks to produce beautiful and useful projects that bring smiles to others (just like Happy Crab with his circle-shaped middle!)
Until next time, enjoy!