Solving Crochet-Related Problems

How to Flatten Crochet Circles That End up Wavy or Curled

Have you ever made a circle that turned out wavy or curly when you wanted it to be flat? This happened to a circular rug I was making recently. Sometimes you want your project to turn out frilly and ruffled, but I wanted my rug to be flat so it wouldn’t become a tripping hazard.

Luckily, there’s are some easy ways to fix wavy circles.

At first glance, it might seem that there are too many increases in the pattern. But what if you triple-checked your stitch count, and the pattern you followed is supposed to make a flat circle?

The problem might be the size of the hook you’re using. Try using a smaller hook!

To demonstrate, here are two coasters I made with the same pattern and the same yarn, but using different hooks.


The wavy, curled coaster on the left was made with a US size 10.5 (6.5mm) hook. The flat coaster on the right was made with the same pattern and the same yarn, but with a smaller US size H/8 (5mm) hook.

There’s another solution you can try if you’re not strictly following a pattern. Make a round of small, compact stitches, such as single crochet, without any increases. That might be enough to flatten out your circle.


4 thoughts on “How to Flatten Crochet Circles That End up Wavy or Curled

  1. I may have to just use single crochet stiches…my rug is coming out a bit wavy and because I am nearly done I have to keep going *sigh*, I really appreciate your helpful advice- I feel so much better now.

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