Round vs Hexagon flats – Tutorial

Posted By on September 30, 2014

The other day I saw someone, in one of the Facebook groups, who had trouble making a round flat.  Someone then told this lady that you can never make a round flat because it will always come out as a hexagon. That is not true. You can make a round flat, or a flat that is more round than hexagon.

The reason a flat will look like a hexagon is because you do the increase in the same area each time.

Like this:

1.  Magic ring ch1, 6sc, pull closed, sl st into first sc (6)

2.   ch1, 2sc in same st as your ch, *2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (12)

3.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (18)

4.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next st, 2sc in next st,
*1sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (24)

5.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (30)

6.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 4 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (36)

If you continue in this manner, you will end up with a flat that is hexagon shaped.

hexagon

Hexagon

However, if you follow my instructions your flat will be closer to round than hexagon.

7.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 5 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-* 4 times, 1sc in next 3 st, sl st into first sc (42)

8.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next 5 st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 6 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (48)

9.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 7 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-* 4 times, 1sc in next 4 st, sl st into first sc (54)

10. ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next 7 st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 8 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (60)

circle

Round

If you recognize the pattern you can just continue in this manner and make your round flat as large as you like. If it begins to change shape again, you can make your adjustments (move your area of increase). You can do your increase anywhere on the row. As long as you continue to do your counts and it all adds up. When you start a flat with 6 stitches in your Magic Ring, then each new row should have an addition of 6 new stitches. 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, etc.

If you have any trouble with this little tutorial, please feel free to post your questions in the comments section.

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I am an artist with focus on fiber art. Mother of Benny, and wife to Rudy. Enslaved by 3 dogs and 2 cats, some hens, a rooster, a flock of ducks, and a room full of rabbits. Living on our little homestead in northern Arizona. Enjoying life while Working on Great!

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One Response to “Round vs Hexagon flats – Tutorial”

  1. Elenice says:

    Wow, thank you so much for that! You are a star!

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