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Crochet Ovals in any Size in Spiral Rounds

The following crochet pattern shows you how you can crochet ovals of any size easily and uncomplicated.

The oval is the perfect shape for crocheting shoe soles, Amigurumi elements like heads and bodies, coasters and many other crochet projects.

You will find the ultimate oval crochet formula to crochet your very own individual sized oval after the example further below.

This instruction has been crocheted with the “Schachenmayr Catania” yarn with a 2.5 mm crochet hook.

Oval Crochet Pattern

Needed Techniques

  • Slip Knot
  • Chain Stitch
  • Slip Stitch
  • Single Crochet (sc)

Needed Materials and Tools

  • 2.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Marker
  • Scissors
  • Colors: red
  • This pattern was crocheted using the „Schachenmayr Catania“ yarn (100% Cotton, Meterage: 125 m, Yarn Ball Weight: 50 g, Yarn Weight: Sport – 5ply / Fine (2)) in the following colors:
  • Bordeaux (425)

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Crochet an Oval in Spiral Rounds

The following instruction shows how to crochet an oval, starting with 6 chain stitches. A formula how to crochet individually large or small, longish or roundish ovals is to be found further below.

Each oval starts with crocheting a chain, which is then crocheted around and then continued to be worked in spiral rounds.

The following example creates the following oval:

Use the check boxes to mark your finished rounds, rows and steps.

  • Crochet the oval in Bordeaux in spiral rounds.
  • Round 1: 6 chain stitches, 1 sc into the 2nd stitch from the hook, 3 sc, 3 stitches into the next stitch.

  • Now continue to crochet on the underside of the chain. For this you push with the crochet hook through the loop/s on the underside of the chain and continue to crochet as usual. 3 sc, 1 sc increase (12 stitches).

  • 1 slip stitch into the 1st stitch of the round. IMPORTANT: Treat this slip stitch as the new end of the round, so the next stitch you crochet is the 1st stitch of the new round in which you place your stitch marker. Because of this shifted end of the round, it is now possible to crochet ovals of any size following a very simple and clear formula.

  • Round 2: [3 sc, [1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times (18 Maschen).

  • Round 3: [3 sc, [1 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times (24 Maschen).
  • Round 4: [3 sc, [1 increase, 2 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times (30 Maschen).
  • Round 5: [3 sc, [3 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times (36 Maschen).
  • Round 6: [3 sc, [1 increase, 4 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times (42 Maschen).

The Ultimate Oval Crochet Formula

Each oval begins with a chain which must be at least 4 chain stitches long. If you would start with 3 chain stitches you would get a circle.

The longer the initial chain, the longer and more pointed the oval becomes. The shorter the chain, the rounder the oval becomes.

To use the oval formula, you only have to do the following small calculation and insert the value for X into the crochet pattern below wherever an X appears. This value remains the same in all rounds.

Number of initial chain stitches – 3 = X single crochet stitches

Example: You start with 10 chain stitches. From this value 3 are subtracted and you get 7. This value now indicates how many single crochet stitches you have to crochet each time when an X appears. In this case 7 single crochet stitches.

6 stitches are added per round. To check if you always have the right number of stitches per round, write down the initial number of stitches from the first round and add 6 stitches per round. This tells you how many stitches should be present in each round.

  • Crochet the oval in spiral rounds.
  • Round 1: Number of initial chain stitches, 1 sc into the 2nd stitch from the hook, X sc, 3 sc into the next stitch. Now continue to crochet on the underside of the chain. X sc, 1 sc increase, 1 slip stitch into the 1st stitch of the round. IMPORTANT: The new round starts after the slip stitch.
  • Round 2: [X sc, [1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 3: [X sc, [1 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 4: [X sc, [1 increase, 2 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 5: [X sc, [3 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 6: [X sc, [1 increase, 4 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 7: [X sc, [5 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 8: [X sc, [1 increase, 6 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 9: [X sc, [7 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 10: [X sc, [1 increase, 8 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 11: [X sc, [9 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 12: [X sc, [1 increase, 10 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 13: [X sc, [11 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 14: [X sc, [1 increase, 12 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 15: [X sc, [13 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 16: [X sc, [1 increase, 14 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 17: [X sc, [15 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 18: [X sc, [1 increase, 16 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 19: [X sc, [17 sc, 1 increase] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
  • Round 20: [X sc, [1 increase, 18 sc] repeat 3 times] repeat 2 times.
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