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In this tutorial, I am going to show you everything you need to know to be able to crochet an oval easily – no matter which stitches you want to use. Ovals are a fun and versatile make you can use for many projects.
Many crocheters learn how to crochet a circle before crocheting an oval. But if you really look at the details of an oval it is a rectangle and two half circles on the short sides of the rectangle. So if you know how to crochet both a circle and rectangle it will be very easy to learn how to crochet an oval.
In fact, I even have the math figured out for you in terms of how many stitches go in each edge stitch for the first row for single, half double, double, and treble crochet stitches.
Plus I added a chart and a video tutorial to guide you along and make this tutorial the only tutorial you’ll need to learn how to crochet an oval.
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When to Use a Crochet Oval?
A Crochet Oval can be used for many things. The most common way it’s being used is for rugs, mats, bag bottoms, and amigurumi. But of course, with an endlessly creative mind, you can see what else you can use crochet ovals for.
Here are a couple of patterns I used a crocheted oval for:
Video tutorial for a Crochet Oval
I have filmed a video tutorial for the visual learners. Here I go over the first few rounds in great detail.
One important tip I will give you is to carefully count your stitches as you go. If your oval starts to turn into a bowl, it means you have missed stitches. If it starts curling, that means that you have too many stitches.
Also, be very careful not to skip stitches. These are normally the stitches immediately after you work the half circles. I recommend using stitch markers to mark where you are. I show that in very detail in the video below.
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Crochet Oval Tutorial
For this tutorial, you cause any weight yarn and hook you have to hand.
I have drawn a crochet chart that breaks the single crochet oval into a few simpler steps.
Chart symbols explained
If you never worked or read Crochet Symboles before, check out the tutorial I have. It includes all the basic crochet symbols and a video also.
Written Crochet Oval Pattern
For this example, I used a chain of 9
The pattern is made in a round. You can go in continuous rounds or use a slip stitch to end each round. I skip the turning chain after round 1 which I explain here why I do that.
R1: going in the back bump, 2 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in the next 6 sts, 3 sc in the last ch, (now you are working on the opposite side of the chain)
R1 continued: 1 sc in the next 6 sts, 1 sc in the st you placed the first 2 sc’s, sl st to the first st
R2: 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in the next 6 sts, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the last st, sl st to the 1st st
R2: [1 sc in 1 st, 2 sc in the next] twice, 1 sc in the next 6 sts, [1 sc in 1 st, 2 sc in the next] 3 times, 1 sc in the next 6 sts, 1 sc in the 2nd to last st, 2 sc in the last st, sl st to the 1st st
Now you can continue with this pattern. The video shows you how you can do that easily with many tips and tricks.
Other Crochet Oval Patterns
If you would like to crochet this oval pattern using hdc, dc, or tr stitches, then you should follow the below numbers for each half double of the oval.
Starting stitches for each half-circle of the oval in round 1:
- half double crochet has 4 or 5 hdc per half circle
- double crochet has 6 dc per half circle
- treble crochet has 8 tr per half circle
The centerpiece that doesn’t have any increase (above it has 6 sts per side) can be made shorter or longer. Just add the corresponding chain number to the beginning chain you croche.
I truly hope you find this crochet oval tutorial helpful in whatever project you decide to use them for. If you think your friends would find it helpful too, share the direct link with them.
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